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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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Ashley, Laney reviewing stadium lights in danger of collapse

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Rachel GeorgeRachel.George@StarNewsOnline.com

With an alert from the Consumer Product Safety Commission, New Hanover County Schools officials are working to inspect stadium light poles at Ashley and Laney. Nine poles installed by the same company have collapsed.

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South Kerr Avenue closed at Cedar Avenue for sewer repairs

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

All lanes of South Kerr Avenue at Cedar Avenue will be closed for about three weeks for sewer repairs and stormwater improvements there.

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Dark Water: The Legacy of Hurricane Floyd, Part 2

Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

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We remember Hurricane Floyd primarily for the water, but it is important to remember that Floyd was nearly a category 5 hurricane at one point. On September 13, 1999, Hurricane Floyd moved into an area of light shear and warm water near the Bahamas. The storm intensified rapidly, sustained winds increasing to 155 mph.

Combined with a storm diameter over 400 miles wide, Floyd necessitated one of the largest peacetime evacuations in United States history. Residents from Florida to the Carolinas were not taking any chances with this one. Of course, it was North Carolina that would ultimately take a direct hit. Given Floyd’s strength, we were bracing for primarily a wind event, but it did not turn out quite that way.

In the hours just before landfall, Floyd encountered a limited zone of dry air that briefly altered the tight structure of the eye. The window for re-organization was narrowing, and Floyd landfalled well below category 3 status around 3:00 a.m. on September 16. Wind gusts over 100 mph still caused damage in, pushing a 10-foot storm surge into some coastal areas. But it was the rain that caused the most problems.

Floyd’s rainbands were enhanced by an existing low pressure trough along the Carolina coast. Over 19 inches of rain fell across parts of the state. Combined with the rains from Hurricane Dennis just a few weeks before, some parts of Carolina wound up with nearly 40 inches of rain, and a permanent place in the record books.

For more on Floyd, visit our special, Remembering Hurricane Floyd section on our website.

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videoIt was 10 years ago Tuesday night that Hurricane Floyd slammed ashore in southeastern North Carolina. Meteorologist Jerry Jackson continues his special look at Floyd in our series, Dark Water.

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