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Archive for September, 2011

Groups to pay more to use schools

Monday, September 12th, 2011

School facility use is getting a little more expensive for community groups and businesses asking to use Pender County schools for events.

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NC congresswoman canceled 9/11 appearances after threatening story

Monday, September 12th, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A North Carolina congresswoman says she canceled all her appearances at 9/11 anniversary events because she was named in a threatening Iranian state newspaper article.

US Rep. Sue Myrick (R-NC9) told The Charlotte Observer that intelligence sources told her that her name was on a state-sanctioned list published recently in Iran. She
says she didn’t want to stay home Sunday but also didn’t want her presence to endanger others.

Myrick says the list included the names of others, but she didn’t want to identify them. She says she lives with threats every day and that she wore a bulletproof when she was the mayor of Charlotte.

She had been scheduled to appear at 9/11 events in Gaston, Stanly and Mecklenburg counties.

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

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NC program aimed at removing litter from highways

Monday, September 12th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The state of North Carolina is launching a new program to rid some of its busiest highways of trash.

The state Department of Transportation said Monday that it has lined up two private companies to provide Sponsor-a-Highway services along two interstate highways.

Businesses, organizations and individuals can pay to sponsor one-mile segments of road which will be cleaned of litter by the companies’ employees.

The entirety of Interstate 95 will be included in the program along with the portion of Interstate 40 that runs from the Orange-Durham county line to New Hanover County.

All of the money for the project will come from contracts with sponsors, rather than with tax dollars. Similar Sponsor-a-Highway programs currently operate in at least 19 other states.

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

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PPD’s outlook is strong, analyst says

Monday, September 12th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (ALAN M. WOLF / RALEIGH NEWS & OBSERVER) — While rumors persist about drug researcher PPD’s possible takeover by a private equity group, an analyst report this week suggests the company has room to expand as its clients increase their research and development funding, staff writer Tori Stilwell reports.

More of PPD’s clients plan to boost spending on the clinical part of drug development, the company’s main business, according to Garen Sarafian, an analyst with Citigroup Global Markets who follows the company.

“That naturally favors PPDI,” Sarafian said, referring to the company’s stock ticker. He also cited the company’s “lean” cost structure and strong leadership as an explanation for why he started coverage of the company with a “buy” rating.

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ONLY ON 3: Barfield travels a lot, but commission costs well under budget

Monday, September 12th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There has been talk that New Hanover County Commission Chairman Jonathan Barfield has been traveling a lot and may have caused the county to overspend its travel budget. So we looked into Barfield’s expenses.

New Hanover County Commissioners allotted themselves a little more than $22,000 for travel expenses in the 2010-2011 fiscal year. While Chairman Barfield did spend significantly more than other commissioners, it did not cause their travel budget to run over.

According to the county, in last fiscal year’s travel budget, Barfield spent more than $7,000. Over the past two fiscal years, while some commissioners only spent a little more than $1,000, Barfield spent more than $12,000.

All-in-all the commission’s travel expenses totaled about $14,000 in FY2010-2011, but that was about $8,000 under budget.

Commissioner Ted Davis spent just $87 last year, which was the smallest amount spent among county commissioners. Of course, Davis was away from work for a while after heart surgery.

Commissioner Rick Catlin says the money left over at the end of the year goes back into the county’s general fund.

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