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Archive for November, 2009

Police investigating baby death at NC home daycare

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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APEX, N.C. — A North Carolina home daycare is closed while authorities investigate the death of an infant.

Multiple media outlets report Thursday that 3-month-old Eliana Navy was pronounced dead at a hospital Oct. 26 after dispatchers were called about a child that had stopped breathing.

A cause of death has not been released.

The next day, state officials suspended the license of the home daycare center operated by Judy Lucas in Apex. The state Department of Health and Human Services found violations ranging from inadequate supervision of children to exposed electrical outlets and inadequate smoke detectors.

Lucas was first licensed to operate the center in August 2004.

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

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A North Carolina home daycare is closed while authorities investigate the death of an infant.

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Police holding bomb squad training off Market Street

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Wilmington Police Department’s Special Enforcement Response Team and the bomb squad is conducting training exercises this afternoon at Whitey’s El-berta Motor Inn at 4504 Market St. The exercises are scheduled to begin at about 3 p.m., according to a news release from Lucy Crockett of the WPD.

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Higher NC sales tax means larger break for holiday

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A higher sales tax means North Carolina consumers will get a larger break when they purchase energy-efficient appliances compared to a year ago.

The sales-tax holiday on so-called Energy Star appliances like clothes washers, freezers and air conditioners will be held Friday, Saturday and Sunday statewide.

The holiday was first held last November when the sales tax rate consumers paid on merchandise was 6.75 percent in most counties. Now, it’s 7.75 percent.

Fran Preston with the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association says retailers are planning special sales on the products to coincide with the holiday.

Other Energy Star items that qualify for the sales tax exemption include refrigerators, some heat pumps, ceiling fans, dehumidifiers and programmable thermostats.

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

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A higher sales tax means North Carolina consumers will get a larger break when they purchase energy-efficient appliances compared to a year ago.

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Permit extended for Beach House Marina in Surf City

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

By Amanda HutchesonCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

The Surf City Town Council voted unanimously Wednesday to extend the conditional use permit for the Beach House Marina project’s dry stacks by another year.

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Go green, tax-free weekend on Energy Star appliances

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

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Saving energy is not a new concept. The United States has been noting the top performing appliances by awarding Energy Star seals for over fifteen years. They may cost a bit more, but can mean savings down the road.

Lowe’s appliance specialist Debbie Ruddell said, “They’re more expensive but in the long run you’re going to save money, because its going to bring your electric bill down and its also going to bring your water bill down if you pay for your water.”

North Carolina home improvement stores are expecting a big weekend as all Energy Star models will be tax free on big ticket items like refrigerators and washers. The savings can be substantial.

When you are at the store, there are a lot of different appliances to choose from. You want to be careful on which one you buy.

If you look inside the appliances you can see the US Energy Guide which actually tells you how much you can expect to pay per year on your energy bill.

This type of sale, makes helping the environment easy; it really is a win-win situation.

“If you’re concerned about the environment, if you want to reduce your carbon trail, then it’s a good thing to do. Also, it’s going to reduce your utility bills and usually it’s actually going to perform better too,” said building performance specialist Skye Dunning.

But in these economic times, it really boils down to saving money. “We’re all trying to save money; we don’t want to spend money. So Energy Star appliances are the way to go,” added Ruddell.

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videoThis weekend is a good time to go green, because the tax man is cutting us a break. The State of North Carolina is encouraging folks to ditch their old appliances for new, more energy efficient models. Energy Star appliances will be tax free this weekend.

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