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Archive for October, 2011

NC House leader pressing for eugenics payments

Friday, October 28th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A top leader at the North Carolina General Assembly wants to form a committee to help figure out how to pay victims of a state program that forced thousands of people to undergo sterilizations.

A spokesman for Speaker Thom Tillis confirmed Friday the Mecklenburg County Republican wants a special legislative panel created so legislation can be considered during the work session that begins next May.

Tillis told The Charlotte Observer a lot of work would have to be done before then for the compensation issue to be considered. A state task force already is looking at the issue.

The state Eugenics Board authorized sterilizing about 7,600 North Carolinians deemed unfit to have children between 1929 and
1974.

Tillis spokesman Jordan Shaw said the committee’s makeup has not been settled.

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

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‘Teen Mom’ and son taken to hospital after parking lot wreck

Friday, October 28th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — “Teen Mom” star Jenelle Evans was rushed to a hospital yesterday after the MTV reality star crashed her SUV into a light pole. According to reports, her two-year-old son was also in the car.

Evans Tweeted about the accident last night. According to her Twitter feed, she “Crashed into a pole in a parking lot going 10mph no drugs involved I’m clean. Jace is fine I’m injured in the hospital alone.”

The accident reportedly happened in Longleaf Mall near the corner of Shipyard Blvd. and S. College Road.

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FIRST ON 3 UPDATE: Festival Latino pays bill for county parks

Friday, October 28th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It looks like a popular Wilmington festival will happen next month after all.

New Hanover County Parks Director Jim McDaniel says Lucy Vasquez, Director of Amigos Internacional, paid Friday more than $2,000 the group owed for use of county parks. Earlier this week we learned the county had given Vasquez a deadline of 4 p.m. Friday to pay the $1,000 she owed for using Hugh MacRae Park for last year’s festival and $1,255 to use Ogden Park this year. If she missed the deadline, the county planned to turn the reservation over to another group that wants to use Ogden Park Nov. 12.

With the debt now paid, one issue still remains. Vasquez sent out news releases promoting the event yesterday, including a hot air balloon. The problem is New Hanover County’s Risk Management Department has told her that it does not allow hot air balloons on county property, McDaniel said.

Vasquez has not yet returned our call for comment.

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Biz Picture – Local employment numbers improved slightly in September

Friday, October 28th, 2011

Wilmington-area unemployment numbers in September remained well above levels of a year ago.

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Backseat Driver – Teen Mom Jenelle Evans involved in car crash

Friday, October 28th, 2011

“Teen Mom” reality TV star Jenelle Evans, of Oak Island, was involved in a car accident.

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