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Archive for November, 2011

Duke Energy agrees to 7.2% rate increase

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Duke Energy has agreed to a 7.2 percent
rate increase for its customers in North Carolina, cutting its
initial proposal in half.

The Charlotte Observer reports that the utility agreed in principle
on Tuesday to the limited increase with the N.C. Utilities
Commission’s Public Staff, which represents customers. The agreement
gives each of Duke’s major customer classes – residential, industrial
and commercial – the same 7.2 percent increase.

The commission itself still has to approve the proposal, and a
hearing begins Monday. Last week, Duke Energy had cut its proposed
North Carolina rate increase from 15 percent to 12 percent.

Attorney General Roy Cooper, whose job is also to advocate for
consumers, immediately announced he would oppose the increase.

Duke has 1.8 million customers in North Carolina.

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

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Dr. Terri Cobb named Pender County Schools Superintendent

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2011

BURGAW, NC (WWAY)– A special meeting was held Tuesday night in Burgaw to name the new superintendent for Pender County Schools. Dr. Terri R. Cobb was voted in by the Pender County Board of Education.

“I really look forward to focusing on success for every child in the district and bringing in the community and working alongside the staff to do what is best for every child,” said Cobb.

Cobb has spent the last five years as Chief of Staff for Wake County Public Schools. In her time there she had to deal with issues such as racism and busing. She says that has better prepared her for anything that lies ahead in Pender County.

“I look forward very much to working with the board here and staff on the issues that we have here in Pender County,” said Cobb. “The individuals that I’ve met tonight have been absolutely wonderful. There is a lot of wonderful things happening here in Pender County and to be a part of that is just very exciting to me.”

The Pender County Board of Education says Cobb stood out among the 28 applicants. They say her extensive background in education was the difference maker.

“She comes from a large, very diverse school district,” said board member Tom Roper. “She’s had a lot of hands on at a local level and we just think she’s a great fit for Pender County.”

Cobb will start her new position on January 2nd, but until that time plans to visit schools in Pender County and spend more time with the board getting to better know her new district.

She will be paid $135,000 annually as part of a three and a half year contract.

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Pender County names new schools’ superintendent

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

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Sheriff looking into possible protection order violation by Berger

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

New Hanover County commissioner attended a Community Action board meeting Monday night.

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STORMTRACK 3: Record warmth could end with big thunderstorms

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2011

Wilmington, NC (WWAY)- Wilmington set a new record high temperature of 80 degrees Tuesday afternoon, breaking the original record of 79 set back in 1906. Temperatures will remain above normal through Wednesday, but a strong cold front will bring a good chance of severe weather Wednesday morning/afternoon.

Once the cold front moves offshore Wednesday evening, cold (dry) air will arrive in time for Thanksgiving.

Chief Meteorologist Jerry Jackson

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