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Archive for October, 2009

Man shot, killed in NC drug raid

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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LILLINGTON, N.C. — A man has been shot and killed in a drug raid and two North Carolina police officers have been placed on administrative duty during the investigation.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that Adrian Castaneda was shot to death during a drug raid in Lillington early Thursday.

Investigators say Harnett County sheriff’s detective Tommy Parker and special agent Michael Hall with the State Bureau of Investigation fired their weapons during the raid.

The SBI says putting the officers on administrative duty is typical in an officer-involved shooting.

Investigators say officers who went into a mobile home were confronted by two men with guns. Officers shot Castaneda, who died at the scene.

Parker has been with the sheriff’s office 14 years. Hall has been an SBI agent since 2005.

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

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A man has been shot and killed in a drug raid and two North Carolina police officers have been placed on administrative duty during the investigation.

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Seminar attendance on rise amid dismal economy

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

By K.J. Williams,StarNews Correspondent

Attendance at seminars through Cape Fear Community College’s Small Business Center, which are free, has jumped as people cope with layoffs and retrain to change careers.

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Candidates field questions from Burgaw and Pender County residents

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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Burgaw and Pender County residents had the chance to meet the candidates Thursday night. The three county commission hopefuls and the two mayoral candidates for Burgaw answered questions from constituents.

Candidates addressed concerns like drainage issues, improving streets and sidewalks, and managing growth, while maintaining Burgaw’s small town charm.

June Robbins of Burgaw said, “I came out to get better informed; to see how the candidates can make Burgaw a more progressive area. I think its wonderful that we have such a good crowd tonight because we are eager to do the best that we can for our children and making Burgaw a town that anyone would want to come and live in.”

Burgaw’s Chamber of Commerce sponsored the event.

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Burgaw and Pender County residents had the chance to meet the candidates Thursday night. The three county commission hopefuls and the two mayoral candidates for Burgaw answered questions from constituents.

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NC governor says she won’t free 20 prisoners

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina’s governor is refusing to release 20 of the state’s violent offenders next week, saying legal issues involving credits for good behavior must be resolved first.

Gov. Beverly Perdue said in a statement Thursday that she questions whether prison officials had the authority to give the inmates the credits.

Those credits were thought to have shaved time off prison terms, allowing some inmates to be released because of a 1970s state law that limited so-called life sentences to 80 years. The law has since been changed.

Perdue and other officials have sought to keep the inmates behind bars since they lost a lawsuit brought by one inmate. Most of the inmates to be released were convicted of rape or murder and few were to be supervised.

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

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North Carolina’s governor is refusing to release 20 of the state’s violent offenders next week, saying legal issues involving credits for good behavior must be resolved first.

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Former 4-term NC gov Hunt honored with new library

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina State University is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Centennial Campus by starting work on a library named for former Gov. Jim Hunt.

N.C. State officials planned to break ground in a ceremony Friday morning for the James B. Hunt Jr. Library. UNC system President Erskine Bowles and Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton plan to attend with Hunt.

The state is spending $115 million toward the building, which will house collections of the university’s school of textiles and engineering and is scheduled for completion in 2012.

The building also will be home to the Institute for Emerging Issues founded by Hunt, a four-term Democratic governor and N.C. State alumnus who left office in 2001.

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

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North Carolina State University is celebrating the 25th anniversary of its Centennial Campus by starting work on a library named for former Gov. Jim Hunt.

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