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Archive for September, 2011

Carolina Beach to change sign ordinance after businesses’ complaints

Monday, September 12th, 2011

A month after several business owners complained that sign regulations were hurting their business, Carolina Beach’s planning staff is moving forward with changes to the town’s sign ordinance.

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NC lawmakers expect short session for amendments

Monday, September 12th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (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.

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

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NC Legislature returns for gay marriage amendment

Monday, September 12th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Social conservatives wanting for years for
legislators to act on a constitutional amendment to ban same-sex
marriage in North Carolina are heading to Raleigh, urging them to
vote this week.

Several groups that support the ban planned a rally Monday
morning near the Legislative Building before lawmakers reconvened
at midday. Legislative leaders say they’re prepared to consider a
bill setting up a statewide constitutional referendum for 2012.

Amendment opponents also planned candlelight vigils in several
cities Monday night and a Raleigh rally on Tuesday. They say the
amendment is unnecessary, a political ploy by Republicans and
discriminates against gays and lesbians.

GOP legislators now in charge of the Legislature say it’s time
for citizens to decide on the issue after it was quashed during
years of Democratic rule.

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

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NC judges to hear innocence cases from 2 men

Monday, September 12th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — A three-judge panel will hear the
innocence claims of two North Carolina men who say they pleaded
guilty to murder charges only to avoid the possibility of being
sentenced to death.

The panel will hear innocence arguments from attorneys for
Kenneth Kagonyera and Robert Wilcoxsin, who pleaded guilty to
second-degree murder in the 2000 death of 51-year-old Walter Rodney
Bowman at his home in Fairview. The hearing will begin Monday and
will be held in the Buncombe County courthouse in Asheville.

The North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission decided in April
to recommend the cases to the three-judge panel. Among the evidence
heard by the commission is a confession by a federal prisoner who
was never charged and DNA evidence that linked another man to the
murder.

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

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Maria will miss the Carolinas later this week

Monday, September 12th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Maria is now the only storm we’re watching in the Atlantic. So far, the system has been a very disorganized one – although that may change soon.

Maria is expected to undergo some strengthening as she moves into more favorable waters over the next few days. Most importantly though, a trough moving off the East Coast on Tuesday will begin to steer the storm northward.

Much like Hurricane Katia, Maria will head north and then northeast staying far off the East Coast of the US. For us, that will mean an increased risk of rip current at the beachs – but no wind or rain effects. 

You can always see the latest forecast path for each system at Hurricanes 101.

– Meteorologist Tim Buckley

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