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NC lawmakers look at cost of museums, fairs

Friday, December 9th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina legislators are sizing up how much money is being spent on state attractions from museums at the state fair.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Friday that the General Assembly is looking into whether the staffing, hours and admissions fees should be adjusted as part of a Republican effort to reorganize state government.

GOP Sen. Andrew Brock of Davie County says the Charlotte Hawkins Brown Museum near Greensboro is so rarely visited that it costs the state $30 per guest. The museum is the site of an early school for African-American girls.

The legislative study will look at whether some museums and historic sites should have shorter or different hours or should charge higher fees.

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

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$1,500 rings left in Salvation Army kettle in NC

Friday, December 9th, 2011

HENDERSONVILLE, NC (AP) — The Salvation Army says someone dropped off two golden rings in a red kettle for Christmas in North Carolina.

Officials said a woman’s 14-karat gold wedding band and engagement ring were wrapped in a dollar bill and an appraisal notice saying they were worth $1,500. They were left in a kettle Wednesday outside the Fresh Market in Hendersonville.

Salvation Army Volunteer Coordinator Cheryl Gudger-Thompson called the appraiser listed on the notice and was told he hadn’t worked in 15 years. The group thinks the donor wants to remain anonymous.

The Salvation Army is considering auctioning the rings and using the proceeds to help families in need.

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

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Panel eyeing tougher laws on illegals holds its first meeting

Friday, December 9th, 2011

The committee didn’t take action at the meeting.

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Moody’s: 7 NC counties, cities no longer negative

Friday, December 9th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Seven local governments in North Carolina are no longer getting extra scrutiny from one of the nation’s credit rating agencies.

State Treasurer Janet Cowell’s office says the cities and counties have had their credit rating outlooks revised by Moody’s Investor Service. The ratings agency reversed its outlook from negative to stable for bonds issued by Greensboro and Winston-Salem, along with Durham, Guilford, Mecklenburg, New Hanover and Wake counties.

The local governments four months ago were among 161 local governments across the country and five state governments with triple-A bond ratings that were issued negative outlooks by the bond rating agency.

The negative outlooks meant the local governments faced a higher likelihood that their credit ratings could be downgraded in the future, which would drive up the cost of borrowing.

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

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N.C. lawmakers look at cost of museums, fairs

Friday, December 9th, 2011

North Carolina legislators are sizing up how much money is being spent on state attractions.

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