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Archive for September, 2011

Gay marriage ban may be approved for ballot this week

Monday, September 12th, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Republican leaders at the North Carolina Legislature say they don’t expect to linger in Raleigh after taking up a few proposed constitutional amendments, including one that would put a gay marriage ban on the ballot next year.

House Speaker Thom Tillis said he thinks the session resuming Monday should last about three days. Tillis and Senate Rules Chairman Tom Apodaca say they expect two other amendments to be debated. One would limit the time someone could serve as Senate leader or House speaker. Apodaca says he expects a compromise of eight years.

Another amendment would rework how State Board of Education appointments are made.

There could be final votes on bill compromises reached earlier this summer and minor changes to criminal justice reform and corporate taxation laws approved this year.

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Soles gave funds to men in prison

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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Mayor used city email for campaign, but lawyer says incidents not a clear violation of law

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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Judge to decide where to move Zahra’s stepmom’s trial

Monday, September 12th, 2011

NEWTON, NC (AP) — A North Carolina judge plans to say where he’s moving a trial for a woman accused of killing her 10-year-old disabled stepdaughter.

Forty-three-year-old Elisa Baker is charged with second-degree murder and obstruction of justice in the death of Zahra Baker, the freckle-faced Australian girl who had a prosthetic leg and hearing aids because of her fight with bone cancer. Elisa Baker also is being arraigned Monday on those charges.

Citing intense pretrial publicity, Superior Court Judge Timothy Kincaid agreed to move the trial.

Authorities say Baker dismembered the girl’s body to cover up her killing. She could face up to 30 years in prison if she’s convicted.

Defense attorney Scott Reilly has argued that publicity would make it difficult to seat an impartial jury in Catawba County.

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

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Saffo used city email for campaign, but lawyer says incidents not a clear violation of law

Monday, September 12th, 2011

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