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Archive for December, 2011

Feds mark NC vaccine plant ready for flu outbreak

Monday, December 12th, 2011

HOLLY SPRINGS, NC (AP) — A North Carolina vaccine plant is ready to gear up to fight a flu pandemic should one strike the United States.

State and federal officials on Monday mark the Novartis plant in Holly Springs as ready to react if there’s a serious flu outbreak.

The Swiss pharmaceuticals maker’s plant in southern Wake County opened two years ago with the U.S. Health and Human Services Department allocating about half the $1 billion cost.

Novartis said the plant will be able to supply millions of doses of flu vaccine if a severe outbreak is declared.

The plant develops flu vaccines using cell cultures, a more efficient method to produce vaccine than the slow method of cultivating seed virus in chicken eggs. Novartis already operates a cell-based flu vaccines plant in Germany.

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

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NC murder victims’ relatives want Perdue veto

Monday, December 12th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Several relatives of people who were murdered hope to persuade North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue to veto a bill that would essentially repeal a 2009 law designed to address alleged racial bias in death penalty cases.

The family members of the murder victims planned to meet Monday with Perdue before holding a news conference in Raleigh.

They oppose a bill approved last month by the Republican-led Legislature that does away with key provisions of the Racial Justice Act. The 2009 law allows death row inmates to use statistics in a new type of court hearing to argue racial bias played a role in their sentences.

One relative expected to attend says repealing the law would send the message the state doesn’t care about a racially skewed system.

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

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Area schools put grant money to use

Monday, December 12th, 2011

Race to the Top funds used for education reform.

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Man shot to death at Charlotte biker club meeting

Monday, December 12th, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Police say a man has been shot to death at a motorcycle club meeting in Charlotte.

Police say the shooting happened shortly before 2:30 p.m. Sunday.

The victim’s name has not been released while relatives are located.

No arrests have been made, but investigators say they think the shooter and the victim knew each other. Capt. Nick Pellicone says officers are trying to determine the motive.

Police say the shooter walked into the meeting at an auto repair shop and began firing.

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

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Brunswick News & Notes – Contest winners; learn to give back; 4-H’ers win contest

Monday, December 12th, 2011

The Southport-Oak Island Area Chamber of Commerce announced the winners of the Float Decorating Contest in its Christmas by the Sea Parade on Oak Island Dec. 3.

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