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Archive for September, 2009

With nudging, sweeping, and guiding light, 70 baby leatherbacks make it out to sea

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

While sea turtles hatch every year on local beaches, this nest was different. These hatchlings were rare leatherbacks as opposed to the usual loggerheads.

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NC AG, banking push anti-foreclosure campaign

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina public officials are pushing the message that there are services available to prevent borrowers from losing their home in foreclosure.

Attorney General Roy Cooper and deputy state banking commissioner Mark Pearce hold a news conference on Tuesday as consumers discuss their experiences finding the help they needed.

Gov. Beverly Perdue’s office said nearly 40,000 North Carolina homes have gone into foreclosure so far this year.

The Center for Responsible Lending said more than 2 million North Carolina homeowners will see their property values decline over the next three years because of foreclosures in their
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Foreclosures also hurt bankers, who lose about 40 percent of the loan value.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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North Carolina public officials are pushing the message that there are services available to prevent borrowers from losing their home in foreclosure.

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Teen arrested after he drives around with dead friend in car

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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A Leland teenager is charged with obstruction of justice after deputies say he drove around town with a dead body in his car.

Nineteen-year-old Eric Henry is now free on bond. Deputies say his friend, 23-year-old John Ferguson likely overdosed, and was laying in the front seat of Henry’s car while Henry drove around for a couple of hours. He even stopped at a friend’s house.

A witness eventually called 911, and authorities caught up with Henry at his grandfather’s house.

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A Leland teenager is charged with obstruction of justice after deputies say he drove around town with a dead body in his car.

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NC court again tackles governor’s budget powers

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina courts have again weighed in on how far a governor can go to balance the state’s budget.

The state Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday former Gov. Mike Easley was wrong to take $80 million from a dedicated road-building fund to reduce the state’s operating shortfall eight years ago.

Judge Robert Hunter of Morehead City wrote for the majority that a governor can’t transfer money from one fund to another without legislative approval.

Judge Linda McGee argued in a dissenting opinion that such a narrow interpretation of the state constitution would hamstring governors from acting quickly to plug a deficit.

State courts have heard two similar cases recently involving how Easley managed the budget shortfall this decade.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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North Carolina courts have again weighed in on how far a governor can go to balance the state’s budget.

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Here Now – Laundromat owner came to Wilmington by way of NYC, Argentina

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell@StarNewsOnline.com

When Malvenia Peoples bought Azalea Laundry, longtime customers told her that when it opened in the late 1960s or early 1970s, it was for whites only.

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