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Archive for December, 2009

Thursday is Rand’s last official day in NC Senate

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Tony Rand’s last official day as a member of the North Carolina Senate will be Thursday.

Senate leader Marc Basnight’s office received Rand’s expected resignation letter Tuesday. Rand said last month he was stepping down to become chairman of the state parole commission.

Rand has been one of the most powerful leaders in state government as Senate majority leader, chairman of the chamber’s rules committee and a top budget negotiator. The Cumberland County
Democrat joined the Senate in 1982.

Senate Democrats already have named Sen. Martin Nesbitt of Asheville as Rand’s replacement as majority leader. Democrats in the 19th Senate District now must choose someone to complete Rand’s
term in office through the end of 2010.

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

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Tony Rand’s last official day as a member of the North Carolina Senate will be Thursday.

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NC police ID victim; charge hockey player

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

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STALLINGS, N.C. — Police in North Carolina have identified a man killed last week and have charged a former Charlotte minor league hockey player with his death.

The Charlotte Observer reported Tuesday that authorities identified 32-year-old Yuriy Anatolevich Kharutokov as the victim of a December 20 killing.

Officials say Kharutokov is a Russian national from Kazakhstan. His body was found behind an auto body shop in Stallings, about 15 miles southeast of Charlotte.

Former Charlotte Checkers hockey player Bogdan Rudenko was arrested after a four-hour Christmas Day standoff with police in Colorado Springs. The 32-year-old is awaiting extradition to North Carolina. Rudenko is a native of Kazakhstan and lives in Charlotte. He played right wing for the Checkers.

Information from: The Charlotte Observer

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

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Police in North Carolina have identified a man killed last week and have charged a former Charlotte minor league hockey player with his death.

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Clogged Pender County creeks a casualty of state budget crunch

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

Pender County’s most clogged-up creeks likely won’t be considered for state grants to help pay for their cleanup in the near future. The state grant program covering that is another casualty of the legislature’s budget crunch.

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North Carolina competes for high-speed rail funding

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

North Carolina has asked for more than $5 billion of stimulus funds targeting high-speed rail projects, according to a story in the Asheville Citizen-Times. A route between Raleigh and Wilmington is on the agenda.

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Mental health agency establishes new base in Brunswick County

Tuesday, December 29th, 2009

By Stephanie WynalekCitydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

At Coastal Horizons Center’s new offices in Shallotte, local residents with resolutions such as overcoming an addiction will find support and a broad variety of resources.

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