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Archive for December, 2011

Local business briefs – N.C. jobless rate drops to 10%

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped to 10 percent in November.

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NC local prosecutor resigns from panel over veto

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

SHELBY, NC (AP) — A North Carolina district attorney has resigned from fellow Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s crime policy panel because she vetoed a bill that would have essentially repealed a 2009 law focused on capital punishment and racial bias.

Cleveland and Lincoln county prosecutor Richard Shaffer told Perdue he is leaving the Governor’s Crime Commission because of her veto last week on changes to the Racial Justice Act. Shaffer wrote Perdue saying the veto will delay the right of murder victims to receive justice and potentially could allow death row inmates to be released on parole.

Perdue and other Racial Justice Act supporters have argued repeatedly that no one can be released from prison because of the law.

The News & Record of Greensboro first reported Shaffer’s resignation.

Information from: News & Record, http://www.news-record.com

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

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Red-light cameras remain divisive

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

New Hanover schools received more than $700,000 in red light ticket money last year.

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Columbus County deputies looking for missing 12-year-old girl

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

COLUMBUS COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Columbus County Sheriff’s Office is looking for held finding a 12-year-old girl. Sonia Trinidad Barios has been missing from her home in the Welches Creek area of Columbus County since at least early Sunday morning.

She is described as a Hispanic female, 5’5″ tall, 110 pounds with black shoulder length hair and dark brown eyes. She was last seen wearing blue jeans and brown Converse shoes. She is believed to be with Jorge Alesandro Rojas. Rojas is in his mid twenties and may be employed with a metal recycling company in the Wilmington area.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Columbus County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 542-6551.

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Deputies, federal authorities at McDougald Drive scene

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

Deputies were assisting federal authorities Tuesday at a scene on McDougald Drive.

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