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Archive for December, 2009

New Topsail Beach board starts making changes

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

By Amanda Hutcheson,Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

After voting to abolish the town’s shoreline protection committee, Topsail Beach’s new board of commissioners went on to put a planned town park on hold and remove the mayor’s power to cast tie-breaking votes. The new board majority stopped short, however, of halting preparations for a beach nourishment project.

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NC’s Greensboro College warned about finances

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

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GREENSBORO — A struggling North Carolina college has gotten a formal warning about its financial condition, but otherwise gotten off easy.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Thursday that Greensboro College received a formal warning from its accrediting agency.

The warning from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools’ Commission on Colleges points to requirements for sound budgeting and financial operations.

It’s the least serious disciplinary action the commission can take.

The private Methodist college has about 1,200 students. It had to offer most of its campus as collateral this summer for Bank of America to restructure more than $19 million in debt and extend its credit line.

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

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A struggling North Carolina college has gotten a formal warning about its financial condition, but otherwise gotten off easy.

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Skeletal remains believed to be missing Marine

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Investigators believe the remains are of Lance Cpl. Stanley Bowsley who was a Marine at Camp Lejeune when his vehicle was found abandoned in Pender County in 2003.

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Opponents turn to court to derail NC cement plant

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

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WILMINGTON — Environmental groups have gone to court to force a controversial cement plant near the North Carolina coast into a full review of potential pollution before it receives state operating permits.

Multiple media reports said Thursday that opposition groups asked a Wake County court in Raleigh to review a state agency’s decision on the proposed Titan American plant. The agency said the project near Wilmington doesn’t require a full review until public money is spent.

Titan is set to receive $4.5 million in county and state economic incentives.

Opponents said a state decision to issue air and water permits without an overall look at the plant’s environmental impact violates state environmental law.

Company officials say the plant creates 160 full-time jobs.

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

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Environmental groups have gone to court to force a controversial cement plant near the North Carolina coast into a full review of potential pollution before it receives state operating permits.

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NC Sen. Burr will block US attorney nominee

Thursday, December 10th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Republican Sen. Richard Burr says he will try to block a White House attempt to replace the federal prosecutor overseeing a probe into two-time presidential candidate John Edwards.

The North Carolina lawmaker said in a statement Thursday that he will support the nomination of Charlotte lawyer Thomas Walker once current U.S. attorney George Holding completes investigations into Edwards and former Democratic Gov. Mike Easley.

Burr said Walker’s political contributions to Edwards and Easley “represent a conflict of interest.”

Burr’s Democratic counterpart, Sen. Kay Hagan, has also pressed the White House not to replace Holding but has not decided whether to block Walker’s nomination.

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

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Republican Sen. Richard Burr says he will try to block a White House attempt to replace the federal prosecutor overseeing a probe into two-time presidential candidate John Edwards.

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