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Archive for October, 2009

More than a dozen immigrants found in van in NC

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — North Carolina troopers stopped a van packed with immigrants after a man called to say his cousin had been kidnapped.

Multiple media outlets reported the van was stopped Monday just off Interstate 85 near Kannapolis.

Investigators say family members were waiting along I-85 in Charlotte for a male relative apparently arriving from Mexico.

Highway Patrol Sgt. Garrett Barger says when the family couldn’t pay all the money the driver wanted, he would not allow the man to leave the van.

A cousin reported a kidnapping and followed the van, relaying its location to troopers.

Officials say there were 18 people in the van, including the driver and an associate.

Barger says those in the van and were turned over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to determine their status.

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

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NC lottery players favor game for frequency

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina has bucked a national trend of lower spending on state-run gambling partly thanks to the surprise performance of a twice-daily game with low payouts.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that sales of the Pick 3 game have been strong despite the recession.

State lottery officials say they have been surprised by a sustained 40 percent increase in sales of tickets for the game since adding a second daily drawing in March 2008.

Players bought more than $200 million worth of tickets in the most recent fiscal year, an amount similar to spending on the big-payout Powerball.

The game costs just 50 cents or a dollar and lets gamblers pick three numbers they think will be drawn. The maximum win is $500.

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

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North Carolina has bucked a national trend of lower spending on state-run gambling partly thanks to the surprise performance of a twice-daily game with low payouts.

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NC governor to speak to Global TransPark board

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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RALEIGH — For the first time since she took office as governor, Beverly Perdue will speak at the Global TransPark board meeting in Kinston.

Perdue will speak Tuesday morning about her expectations for theTransPark to assist in building North Carolina’s aerospace economy. Also attending the meeting are Transportation Secretary Gene Conti and Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco.

As of last year, the state-owned industrial park had receivedmore than $80 million in state and federal funds since it was created in 1991. It was meant to spark the economy of eastern North Carolina.

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

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For the first time since she took office as governor, Beverly Perdue will speak at the Global TransPark board meeting in Kinston.

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Leland utility to use smoke to test for problems

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

Starting Oct. 19, H2GO will blow smoke into pipes to look for breaks and defects.

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More NC bears leave woods to find food

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009

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ASHEVILLE — A record bear population in the North Carolina mountains has led more of the beasts to look for food near areas where humans work and live.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reported Tuesday that a black bear mauled a llama used to guard sheep at a Buncombe County farm. The llama had to be euthanized because its injuries were severe.

North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission biologist Mike Carraway said an abundance of acorns, grapes and other food sources have built bear populations to a record 10,000 in the mountains this year.

Carraway said while most bears feed on acorns and other nuts, they are opportunistic and will eat garbage and seeds from bird feeders around homes. They also sometimes kill and eat livestock.

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A record bear population in the North Carolina mountains has led more of the beasts to look for food near areas where humans work and live.

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