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Archive for October, 2011

Blue Ribbon Commission a key player in Virgo future as a charter

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

The school board recently agreed to the partnership, but it’s still unclear what the new arrangement will look like.

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Video shows Gadhafi was captured alive

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

SIRTE, LIBYA (AP) — Video reveals that Moammar Gadhafi was captured wounded but alive today in his hometown of Sirte.

The video aired on Arab TV shows the former Libyan leader in a blood-soaked shirt, with his face bloodied. He is standing upright, being pushed along by fighters, and he appears to struggle against them, stumbling and shouting.

The fighters push him onto the hood of a pickup truck, and then drag him away, apparently toward an ambulance.

A short time later, he was dead. Later footage shows fighters rolling Gadhafi’s body over on the pavement, stripped to the waist, with his head bloody.

A doctor who was part of the medical team that accompanied the body from Sirte to Misrata in an ambulance says Gadhafi died from two bullet wounds, to the head and chest.

In Misrata, the body was paraded through the streets on top of a vehicle, as a large crowd chanted.

The fighters who killed Gadhafi today are believed to have come from Misrata. It’s a city that suffered a brutal siege by Gadhafi’s forces that lasted for weeks during the eight-month-long civil war.

By most accounts, Gadhafi had been barricaded during his final hours with heavily-armed loyalists in the last few buildings they held in his coastal hometown.

At one point, a convoy tried to flee the area and was blasted by NATO airstrikes. But the country’s prime minister says Gadhafi wasn’t killed by that strike.

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

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Marshall to seek 5th term as Secretary of State

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina Secretary of State Elaine Marshall is seeking another four years in office.

Marshall announced to supporters Thursday that she will seek re-election next year. The Harnett County Democrat first was elected in 1996 and has won three times since, making her the longest-serving member on the Council of State.

The 65-year-old Marshall ran for US Senate last year but lost to Republican incumbent Richard Burr.

The secretary of state oversees the records for North Carolina businesses, regulates lobbyists and enforces financial securities laws. Marshall’s office has been investigating whether state laws were broken related to problems on the University of North Carolina football team.

Marshall wrote in an email that she’s running again so she can keep protecting consumers and go after what she calls “Wall Street crooks.”

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

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Libyans celebrate word of Gadhafi death

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

SIRTE, LIBYA (AP) — There’s celebration on the streets of Libya’s capital, amid reports that Moammar Gadhafi is dead.

The information minister in Libya’s new government says Gadhafi was killed today when revolutionary forces overwhelmed his hometown of Sirte. He says he’s been told of Gadhafi’s death by soldiers who said they saw the body.

But other officials in the transitional government say they’re still trying to verify what happened.

As the anti-Gadhafi forces swept into Sirte — the last major bastion of resistance — a NATO airstrike blasted a fleeing convoy that fighters said was carrying Gadhafi.

Al-Jazeera TV has shown video of a man resembling Gadhafi, lying dead or severely wounded. The man is bleeding from the head and stripped to the waist, as fighters roll him over on the pavement.

In the capital, cries of “God is Great” rang out, amid celebratory gunfire. Cars honked their horns and hugged each other.

And in Sirte, the former rebels celebrated the city’s fall after weeks of fighting, by firing endless rounds into the sky and singing the national anthem.

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

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Study: NC business has more friends at Legislature

Thursday, October 20th, 2011

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A nonpartisan group focused upon improving North Carolina’s business climate says the General Assembly became more business friendly this year as the Republicans took control and pushed through several changes.

The North Carolina FreeEnterprise Foundation released its business ratings for the Legislature on Thursday.

The group said the number of lawmakers it considers consistent supporters of a position that promotes free enterprise grew this year after a general decline over the past two decades. The foundation said 66 percent of the Senate members consistently support these viewpoints, compared to 42 percent two years ago. In the House, it grew from 49 percent to 61 percent.

The Legislature approved changes to medical liability litigation and workers’ compensation rules and restricted how local governments could offer high-speed Internet services.

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

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