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Archive for September, 2011

FEMA: $12M approved for NC Irene relief

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Nearly $12 million in state and federal money has been approved for people in North Carolina affected by Hurricane Irene.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency said Tuesday that about $10 million of the money approved so far has gone to housing grants, including short-term rental assistance. Nearly $2 million has gone to pay for needs like medical costs and lost personal possessions.

FEMA says more than 17,000 people in the state have contacted the agency for help after Irene. Officials are still working to examine the scope of the damage by inspecting homes and other properties hit by the storm.

Initial estimates have more than 1,100 homes in North Carolina destroyed by the Category 1 storm, which also did tens of millions of dollars of damage.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy enters agreement to create medical isotope

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

Commonly called Mo-99, the isotope decays into technetium-99m, an isotope used in about 85 percent of all nuclear medicine procedures, including evaluation of the heart, kidneys, lungs, liver, spleen, bones and blood flow.

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Wilmington-area home sales up, but prices down in August

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

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Former Pender Co. Public Works Director fired in VA for being AWOL during hurricane

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

EDENTON, NC (THE VIRGINIAN-PILOT) — Chowan County officials are seeking the third manager in as many years after firing the most recent manager last week for leaving town in the wake of Hurricane Irene.

Paul Parker was fired Sept. 6 for failing to meet expectations, county attorney John Morrison said. As county officials set up an emergency operation ahead of Hurricane Irene’s arrival, Parker was supposed to lead the effort. Instead, he left town, Morrison said.

“They expected the county manager to be there,” he said.

Parker acknowledged Monday that he left Aug. 25 for an appointment with his doctor in Wilmington to get a vital prescription refilled but did not notify commissioners. He also helped his wife prepare their Pender County home for the hurricane. He returned Aug. 26 but missed a 6 a.m. emergency meeting the next morning when debris blocked the road near his Edenton residence. He spent the night at the emergency center Aug. 27 and 28 as the hurricane passed.

Parker does not dispute his firing but said he regrets that he didn’t get more notice.

“I wish it would have been a little less dramatic,” he said.

Parker had served as public works director in Pender County before coming to Chowan County in July 2010 as an interim manager to replace Peter Rascoe. Parker was hired permanently in November 2010.

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Civitas Poll: NC unaffiliated voters not keen on DC politicians

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -– A new poll released by the Civitas Institute shows North Carolina’s unaffiliated voters are not too fond of DC politicians such as Nancy Pelosi, Harry Reid, and John Boehner.

Among all DC politicians, President Barack Obama is viewed most positively among voters by a 46 percent favorable to 47 percent unfavorable margin. Unaffiliated voters age 26-40 view the President most favorably (56 percent), while just 33 percent of those in the 56-65 demographic have a favorable opinion of him.

Favorable voter sentiment drops among other DC politicians such as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi whose favorable rating among unaffiliateds is 26 percent favorable to 51 percent unfavorable. These numbers are largely unchanged since an August 2010 Civitas poll when 25 percent held a favorable view of her.

“While Democratic leaders have seen their unfavorable ratings drop as they are less in the news and between elections, they have not seen their favorables rise,” said Civitas Institute President Francis De Luca.

Similarly, just 22 percent of North Carolina’s unaffiliated voters view Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid in a favorable light, while 34 percent said they have a negative opinion.

As for Republicans, voters hold an overall unfavorable opinion of House Speaker John Boehner by a 22 percent to 35 percent unfavorable margin. Those in the Northeast view him most favorably (46 percent) as Triangle voters have the most negative opinion of him by the same percentage.

“The numbers for Republican speaker Boehner should be a warning to all the national politicians that the voting public is in a bad mood,” added De Luca.

The Civitas Poll is the only regular live-caller poll of critical issues facing North Carolina. For more information on Civitas polling see http://www.nccivitas.org/category/poll/.

Full Text of Questions:

“Now I am going to read you a list of people active in politics. After I read each name, please tell me if you have a favorable or unfavorable opinion of that person. If you have never heard of them just tell me and we’ll go on to the next one: Barack Obama.”

Favorable – 46%
Unfavorable – 47%
Heard of/No Opinion – 6%
Never Heard Of – 1%

“Nancy Pelosi”
Favorable – 26%
Unfavorable – 51%
Heard of/No Opinion – 15%
Never Heard Of – 7%

“Harry Reid”
Favorable – 22%
Unfavorable – 34%
Heard of/No Opinion – 18%
Never Heard Of – 26%

“John Boehner”
Favorable – 22%
Unfavorable – 35%
Heard of/No Opinion – 22%
Never Heard Of – 21%

This poll of 400 unaffiliated general election voters in North Carolina was conducted August 15-16 by National Research, Inc. of Holmdel, NJ. All respondents were part of a fully representative sample of unaffiliated voters in North Carolina. For purposes of this study, voters interviewed had to have voted in at least one of the past three general elections (2006, 2008, 2010) or be newly registered to vote since November 2, 2010.

The confidence interval associated with a sample of this size is such that: 95 percent of the time, results from 400 interviews (registered voters) will be within +/-4.9% of the “True Values.” True Values refer to the results obtained if it were possible to interview every unaffiliated voter in North Carolina who had voted in at least one of the past three general elections or is newly registered since November 2, 2010.

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