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Perdue talks about 2009

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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Governor Bev Perdue said her first year in office was a tough one for her, and for North Carolina. On Tuesday, she discussed the past, present and future during a media round table at the Governor’s mansion.

With the North Carolina Christmas tree as a backdrop, Governor Bev Perdue reflected on the gifts and burdens of her first year in office.

“This has been a really hard, challenging year for the people of North Carolina and for business and obviously for state government,” Perdue said.

Perdue took office facing a $2.5 billion budget deficit, a figure that nearly doubled by spring, forcing big cuts across state government and largely monopolizing her time.

“It was hard for me to do many new programs,” Perdue said.

The Governor already has a new program slated for the new year, an education initiative called Ready Set Go, which she hopes will cut the state’s high school drop-out rate.

“There will be a way for North Carolina to continue to be a preeminent educational leader, as we make sure that every kid stays on grade level,” she said.

While the Governor said creating jobs is a definite priority for the new year, she had no clear-cut answers about any initiatives to create more jobs in southeastern North Carolina.

“I’m trying hard to bring jobs any where I can. Right now any job is better than no jobs,” Perdue said.

The Governor pointed to GE’s nuclear work in Castle Hayne, marine science and technology research at UNCW and the tens of thousands of people expected across the region in the next few years as part of the base realignment program at Camp Lejeune and Fort Bragg.

Now with challenges still ahead in year two, Perdue says she learned a fundamental lesson in year one.

“Innovation and change is much harder than any of us ever believed it would be,” Perdue said.

The Governor also said she will continue to try and increase transparency in government.

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videoGovernor Bev Perdue said her first year in office was a tough one for her, and for North Carolina. On Tuesday, she discussed the past, present and future during a media round table at the Governor’s mansion.

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Brunswick jailers wrestle naked inmate on video; man sues over altercation

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

By Shelby SebensShelby.Sebens@StarNewsOnline.com

Damien Guarniere filed a lawsuit earlier this month against Brunswick County, three sheriff’s deputies, former Brunswick County Sheriff Ronald Hewett in his official capacity, an Ocean Isle Beach police officer and the town of Ocean Isle Beach.

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Two killed in NC as Amtrak train hits car

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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EFLAND, N.C. — An Amtrak train heading from Charlotte to New York struck a car at a North Carolina railroad crossing, killing two people.

Highway Patrol spokesman Sgt. Jeff Gordon said the car was crossing tracks in the Orange County town of Efland on Tuesday morning. He said the woman driving was killed along with a 5-year-old boy who was thrown from the back seat.

Gordon said a 3-month-old girl was pulled from the wreckage and taken to University of North Carolina Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

Amtrak spokeswoman Tracy Connell in Washington says none of the 215 passengers on the Carolinian were hurt. She said the train would likely be delayed for more than two hours.

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

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An Amtrak train heading from Charlotte to New York struck a car at a North Carolina railroad crossing, killing two people.

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Wilmington man stabbed in his home

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

Witnesses in the home told police they’d heard the victim and a relative arguing. The witnesses then came in the living room and found the victim stabbed.

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Real world worries mix with kids’ Christmas wishes

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

By Amanda GreeneAmanda.Greene@StarNewsOnline.com

While children are still mostly requesting toys, some Christmas wishes reflect the real-world worries of the rest of the nation in a time of war and economic woes.

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