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Archive for January, 2012

Sheriff discusses letter left by NC shooter

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

STAR, NC (AP) — The Montgomery County sheriff says a man who shot and killed three co-workers and injured a fourth thought Hispanic co-workers were discussing him when they talked in Spanish and laughed.

Sheriff Dempsey Owens says 50-year-old Ronald Dean Davis left a six-page letter saying he thought co-workers were punishing or picking at him.

Davis shot four co-workers Friday at McBride Lumber Co. in Star, killing three. Davis was found at his own home a short time later with a gunshot wound and died Saturday.

The sheriff identified the fourth victim as 34-year-old Eusebio Diaz Gomez of Asheboro. Also killed were Davis’s cousin, 32-year-old Daniel Thomas Davis and 25-year-old Jose Galdino Lopez Izquierdo of Asheboro. Twenty-one-year-old Florentino Tellez Aparicio of Candor is in fair condition at UNC Hospitals in Chapel Hill.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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No. 2 NC House leader wants No. 2 exec branch job

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The No. 2 leader in the North Carolina House wants to run for the No. 2 job in the executive branch.

House Speaker Pro Tempore Dale Folwell announced Tuesday he will seek the Republican nomination for lieutenant governor this year. An aide confirmed Folwell unveiled his plans at a news conference in his Winston-Salem, where he lives.

Folwell joins an already crowded GOP field with two other candidates who have been running for months – Raleigh architect Dan Forest and Wake County Commissioner Tony Gurley. Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton is seeking re-election.

The 53-year-old Folwell ran briefly for the GOP nomination for state treasurer in 2008 before dropping out. The consultant and private investor announced last month he would not seek a fifth term in the Legislature.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Oak Island drops appeal in street-end development case

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

Town won’t build elevated observation deck and walkway to the water.

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Black farmers file for settlement claims in Durham

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

DURHAM, NC (AP) — Hundreds of black farmers in North Carolina who say they were unfairly denied loans and other assistance for years from the Agriculture Department are taking steps to claim their share of a $1 billion settlement.

WRAL-TV reported the farmers traveled Monday to Durham file claims. Attorneys were on hand to help with applications at no cost.

Last year, President Barack Obama signed into law the settlement that covers 58,000 black farmers nationwide. Most eligible claims amount to about $50,000 per family.

Farmer Troy Murray says the money will help, but it won’t heal the scar.

The settlement arises from a class-action lawsuit known as the Pigford case after Timothy Pigford, a black farmer from North Carolina who was an original plaintiff.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Groups praise court’s decision on NC prayer case

Tuesday, January 17th, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — Backers of a lawsuit over Christian prayers before Forsyth County commission meetings are praising a US Supreme Court decision not to hear an appeal of a judge’s order prohibiting the practice.

The North Carolina chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union and the group Americans United for the Separation of Church and State say the court’s decision Tuesday is a victory for the First Amendment.

The lawsuit argued that the prayers constituted an official endorsement of Christianity over other religions.

The Alliance Defense Fund, a conservative legal group, represented the county commissioners. The group says the Supreme Court missed an opportunity to clarify a point of law that lower courts have disagreed about.

A call to the Forsyth board of commissioners was not immediately returned Tuesday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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