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Archive for December, 2009

Census: NC ranks 3rd in population gain

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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RALEIGH — A new U.S. Census report shows that North Carolina had the third-largest population gain in the country in the past year.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that for the year ending in July, North Carolina gained more than 130,000 residents, bringing the total population to about 9.4 million.

Texas and California were the only states to gain more residents.

The new estimates show North Carolina’s population grew by a rate of 1.4 percent – the 9th fastest growth rate in the nation. Wyoming was the fastest-growing state at a rate of just over 2 percent.

Michigan, Maine and Rhode Island saw a drop in population.

Official figures come after April’s census survey.

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

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A new U.S. Census report shows that North Carolina had the third-largest population gain in the country in the past year.

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Paying more at the pump for holiday travel

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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If you are planning to hit the road to get to your Christmas vacation you will be spending more at the pump than last year.

People were filling up their tanks for the holiday travel Wednesday. This year the average price for a gallon of gas is about $2.50 in the Port City. Last year at this time, gas was only $1.66 per gallon.

“Actually, it does surprise me a little,” said holiday driver Cindy Jarrett. “I feel like I was paying more than that. But that’s good, I think that’s really good. It needs to be lower.”

AAA expects almost 80 million people to travel by car for the holiday weekend. That is a 4 percent increase from last year, despite the higher gas prices.

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If you are planning to hit the road to get to your Christmas vacation you will be spending more at the pump than last year.

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Testing finds swine flu in pigs at 2 NC farms

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

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RALEIGH — Federal testing has identified the swine flu in pigs at two North Carolina farms.

The results released Wednesday makes North Carolina the 10th state with identified cases of swine flu in animals. State Veterinarian David Marshall said the presence of swine flu in pigs
is not unexpected and the cases show that the surveillance system is working.

Health officials said people cannot contract the swine flu from handling or consuming pork products. They said it appears the pigs at both farms caught the virus from humans.

The states of Minnesota, Indiana and Illinois have confirmed cases of swine flu in pigs. The virus also been identified in cats, ferrets, turkeys, a dog and a cheetah in other states.

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

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Federal testing has identified the swine flu in pigs at two North Carolina farms.

The results released Wednesday makes North Carolina the 10th state with identified cases of swine flu in animals.

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Three detained after Kerr Ave. armed robbery

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Three people are being detained and questioned by New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies after an armed robbery just before noon Wednesday at the North Kerr Mini Mart, Deputy Charles Smith said about 1:30 p.m.

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Customer follows suspect’s car after Kerr Ave. robbery

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

By David Reynolds and Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

A customer who was heading into the North Kerr Mini Mart on Wednesday afternoon helped lead law enforcement to a trio of armed robbery suspects, officials said.

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