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Archive for October, 2009

County’s biggest courtroom closed while saggy beams are replaced

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

The repair work will take about three months and will cost nearly $300,000 to replace 10 ceiling beams and 12 others along the perimeter of the courtroom in a section of the courthouse built in 1928.

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Could more boa constrictors be lurking in Cape Fear region?

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

By Gareth McGrathgareth.mcgrath@StarNewsOnline.com

A new federal study has determined that giant snakes, specifically Indian or Burmese pythons, could use hibernation to squeeze an existence out in coastal North Carolina.

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NC city council considers sidewalk smoking ban

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — The city council in North Carolina’s largest city is considering a smoking ban for some public sidewalks.

North Carolina will ban smoking in restaurants and bars next year. The Charlotte Observer reported Thursday that Central Piedmont Community College has asked Charlotte City Council to ban smoking on some sidewalks that intersect with the campus.

The new smoking law takes effect Jan. 2 and allows local governments to ban smoking in public parks but officials say it’s not clear that sidewalks are included.

North Carolina is behind much of the nation for smoking bans. But a spokeswoman for a nonsmoking advocacy group says banning smoking on sidewalks would push Charlotte to the forefront of anti-smoking efforts.

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

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The city council in North Carolina’s largest city is considering a smoking ban for some public sidewalks.

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Perdue says she’s encouraged by Asia business trip

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue says North Carolina must take a long-term view when it comes to expanding the state’s commercial interests in China.

Perdue is in the middle of a two-week economic development trip to Asia and spoke Thursday with reporters by phone from Beijing.

She says North Carolina already has a mature relationship with Japan grown over 30 years and generating 18,000 jobs in the state. In China, she’s looking for relationships with business and government officials that would bring jobs to the state but also allow North Carolina to export more goods there.

Perdue says Chinese officials are aware of North Carolina’s strong university system and its interest in developing “green” related jobs.

The governor was in Tokyo for several days and will head to Shanghai before going home Tuesday.

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

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Gov. Beverly Perdue says North Carolina must take a long-term view when it comes to expanding the state’s commercial interests in China.

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Divers to display anchor from NC shipwreck

Thursday, October 22nd, 2009

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BEAUFORT, N.C. — The public is getting a chance to see part of the shipwreck that’s thought to be from Blackbeard’s flaghip, the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

A small anchor, or grapnel, that divers recovered Wednesday in the Atlantic Ocean off the North Carolina coast will be displayed Thursday morning at the North Carolina Maritime Museum in Beaufort.

The director of the shipwreck project, Mark Wilde-Ramsing, says archaeologists refer to artifacts in their natural state – before they’re cleaned up for museum viewing – as “fresh catch.”

Divers planned to raise the 160-pound grapnel next year, but decide to bring it up immediately because it had become unstable and was threatened by storms.

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The public is getting a chance to see part of the shipwreck that’s thought to be from Blackbeard’s flaghip, the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

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