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Archive for October, 2009

Searches of Wilmington homes lead to drug charges

Friday, October 9th, 2009

Authorities seized drugs, cash and two vehicles after two searches of homes in Wilmington Thursday morning.

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NC firms seek payout limit in parasailers’ deaths

Friday, October 9th, 2009

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ASH, N.C. — Two North Carolina companies have filed a complaint in federal court aimed at removing them from liability in the deaths of two women killed in a parasailing crash.

The Sun News of Myrtle Beach, S.C. reported Friday that the complaint by Ocean Isle Beach Watersports and North Carolina Watersports proposes that, at the least, liability should be
limited. The companies think any potential payout should be capped at $100,000 – the value of the boat that carried the two women.

Sixty-year-old Cynthia Woodcock of Kernersville, N.C., and 55-year-old Lorrie Shoup of Granby, Colo., died Aug. 28 of trauma after the line connecting them to the boat snapped. The women fell into the water, eventually colliding with the boat and a pier.

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

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Two North Carolina companies have filed a complaint in federal court aimed at removing them from liability in the deaths of two women killed in a parasailing crash.

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Perdue says Dell will pay back every “red cent”

Friday, October 9th, 2009

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DURHAM — Gov. Beverly Perdue says North Carolina has no choice but to keep offering incentives packages to attract out-of-state companies even with the closing of the Dell computer plant.

But Perdue told reporters Thursday she’s made plain to Dell the state expects back every “red cent” it’s owed in tax breaks and other benefits because it didn’t meet job and investment
performance standards.

Dell announced Wednesday its Forsyth County computer desktop plant would close by the end of January, putting 900 people out of work.

The Legislature and local governments offered Texas-based Dell a deal worth up to $318 million in tax breaks and grants.

Perdue said she would prefer that states stop incentives bidding wars but that tax breaks are necessary to bring in new jobs.

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

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Gov. Beverly Perdue says North Carolina has no choice but to keep offering incentives packages to attract out-of-state companies even with the closing of the Dell computer plant.

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First lady Michelle Obama’s roots include a complex path from slavery

Friday, October 9th, 2009

By Rachel L. Swarns and Jodi KantorNew York Times

Melvinia Shields, the enslaved and illiterate young girl, and the unknown white man who impregnated her are the great-great-great-grandparents of Michelle Obama, the first lady.

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Church van flips over on I-40, but no serious injuries

Friday, October 9th, 2009

A church van traveling on I-40 near the 393 exit Thursday night wrecked and flipped over, but officials said there were no serious injuries.

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