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Archive for September, 2011

NC trial focuses on plot to kill service personnel

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

NEW BERN, NC (AP) — Federal prosecutors say they will show
three Raleigh men were part of a plot to kill soldiers at Fort
Bragg and Marines in Virginia.

The Sun Journal reported that opening
statements were made Tuesday in U.S. District Court in New Bern.

Assistant U.S. Attorney John S. Bowler says evidence will show
the men were part of a group who planned to kill servicemen at Fort
Bragg and the Marine Base at Quantico, Va.

Mohammad Omar Aly Hassan, Ziyad Yaghi and Hysen Sherifi face
multiple felony charges.

Attorneys for the men made separate opening statements in which
they said their clients are innocent.

Bowler says accused ringleader Daniel Patrick Boyd will testify
against the men. Boyd pleaded guilty in February.

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

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UNC law school hosts gay marriage dialogue

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — Two of the leading speechmakers in last
week’s debate at the North Carolina Legislature over a proposed
statewide referendum on gay marriage will discuss the issue again,
this time in front of some budding lawyers.

House Majority Leader Paul Stam of Apex and Minority Whip Rick
Glazier of Fayetteville will participate Wednesday in an event at
the University of North Carolina law school in Chapel Hill to talk
about the proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit gay

Stam was the chief proponent in the House on the amendment that
will be on statewide ballots next May. Glazier opposed the

The University of North Carolina Center on the Law and
Government is hosting the midday discussion.

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

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City having damaged columns repaired

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

Q: Who is responsible for the crumbled columns across from the Kenan Fountain?A: The columns are part of a city-owned and maintained plaza, said Malissa Talbert, city of Wilmington spokeswoman.

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Travel policy and debris cleanup addressed at Wilmington City Council meeting

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– A resolution amending Wilmington City Council’s travel policy passed after being continued in a meeting back in August.

This comes after Councilwoman Laura Padgett exceeded her travel amount and asked the City’s Audit Committee to reimburse her for about $700. Her request was denied.

Under the new resolution a member of council must request additional funding for their travels in front of Wilmington City Council and the public, not the audit committee.

“We wanted to get some clarity into our travel policy so we don’t have a problem year in and year out,” Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said. “Council members should understand how much money that they have to make certain that if they decide to serve on a national board or state board that this is the amount of money that you have to determine if they can do it or not.”

Councilman Ronald Sparks said that the new resolution essentially takes the audit committee out of policing the council.

The amount of dollars in each council members travel budget also was slightly increased. For council they are now allotted $2,750. Mayor Bill Saffo now has $3,500 at his disposal.

If a member of the council does not use some of their travel funds those dollars go back into the cities general fund.

Hurricane Irene cleanup was also addressed at the meeting. The city will apply for $741,000 in FEMA money.

If approved by FEMA the government will pay for 75% of the cost with the state covering the other 25%.

Crews have been picking up debris from the storm for the past 20 days and anticipate that the rest of the city should be debris free by the weekend.

Mayor Bill Saffo says he hopes to hear back from FEMA by the end of the month.

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New policy divvies up travel fund for Wilmington City council

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

The Wilmington City Council on Tuesday again revised its travel policy in response to members going over their annual budgets.

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