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Archive for November, 2011

US judge blocks NC ‘Choose Life’ plates for now

Monday, November 28th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — A federal judge is putting a temporary halt to North Carolina’s plans to allow people to purchase anti-abortion license plates.

US District Judge James Fox on Monday issued an oral order blocking the state’s Division of Motor Vehicles from issuing the license plates, which say “Choose Life.”

The case will go forward in federal court with both sides presenting evidence and seeking a final judgment.

The state chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is suing to block the plates from being issued, saying they violate the First Amendment because state legislators blocked a corresponding specialty plate for supporters of abortion rights.

Twenty-nine states either already make “Choose Life” plates available or have approved such plates but have not manufactured them.

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

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Photos – Enchanted Airlie 2011

Monday, November 28th, 2011

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Hornet’s Nest cast members announced

Monday, November 28th, 2011

TNT has announced cast members for “Hornet’s Nest."

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ONLY ON 3: Former teacher accused of sexting avoids jail, trial delayed

Monday, November 28th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The former North Brunswick High School band teacher accused of sending an inappropriate text to a student avoided jail by showing up for court this morning. WWAY was the only media outlet in the courtroom for Mark Riel’s hearing.

Riel was charged with one count of indecent liberties with a minor, after allegedly sexting with one of his students in January.

His trial date was rescheduled because his attorney was out of town.

After failing to appear for his last court date, an arrest order was issued for Riel, but it was recalled today.

Riel ran away when we tried to talk with him in the courtroom.

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Duke Energy asks NC regulators for 7% rate rise

Monday, November 28th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina utilities regulators are opening hearings into whether Duke Energy should be allowed to raise electricity rates by more than 7 percent.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission begins hearings Monday on Duke Energy’s request for a 7.2 percent rate increase.

The higher rates are expected to take effect in February if regulators agree.

The increase is less than half of Duke Energy’s original request of 15 percent on average across residential, industrial and
commercial customers.

The proposed rate increase cleared a major hurdle last week with the endorsement of the commission’s Public Staff, which represents consumers.

Duke has nearly 2 million customers in North Carolina.

The Charlotte company also is seeking a 15 percent average rate increase in South Carolina, which includes 17 percent more for residential customers.

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

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