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Archive for September, 2011

Workers at 2 RJR plants in NC to hold union vote

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) – Production and maintenance workers at two R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. plants in North Carolina will vote next month on union representation.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that Reynolds confirmed Thursday that a joint petition was filed Sept. 12 with the National Labor Relations Board. The petition was filed by the International Association of Machinists and Aerospace Workers and the Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International Union.

Reynolds said a secret-ballot vote will take place Oct. 20-21 at its Tobaccoville and Whitaker Park plants. Previous votes were held in 2006 and 2005.

According to the petition, more than 1,200 employees are eligible to vote.

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

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Help available in N.C. for victims of 3 disasters

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

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Man charged in NC woman’s death to testify

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

WINDSOR, NC (AP) — Defense attorneys say the man charged with killing a woman in Edgecombe County will testify about an encounter he had with the woman.

Defense attorney Tom Sallenger said in opening statements Tuesday that Antwan Pittman will testify about a “rendezvous” with the victim, 28-year-old Taraha Shenice Nicholson.

Pittman is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Nicholson, whose body was found March 7, 2009. Autopsy results showed Nicholson was choked to death.

Nicholson is one of several women whose bodies were found over a period of several years in a rural stretch of Edgecombe County. Pittman has not been charged in any of the other deaths.

Testimony is to resume Wednesday. The trial is being held in Bertie County.

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

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Suicide attempts at Cape Fear Memorial Bridge hard to count

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Q: How many people have jumped to their deaths from the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge?A: It’s hard to say.The N.C. Department of Transportation does maintain crash data for roads and bridges, but it does not keep records on suicide attempts that involved jumping, a spokeswoman said.

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StarNews Weekly News Quiz – Sept. 28

Wednesday, September 28th, 2011

Test your knowledge of the news of the past week in the StarNews weekly news quiz.

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