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Archive for January, 2012

ElectriCities CEO says selling shares could take repaying debt off backs of residents and businesses

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The head of a trade association managing an
electric power agency serving eastern North Carolina says selling
shares in power plants the agency owns is still being considered if
it means getting rid of debt towns and cities must repay.

ElectriCities Chief Executive Officer Graham Edwards spoke
Tuesday to a legislative panel examining why hundreds of thousands
of eastern residents and businesses pay more for electricity than
others and what can be done to provide relief.

The higher rates stem from cities 30 years ago investing in
power plants and facing mounting debt from construction delays,
cost overruns and regulations. The debt reached $3.6 billion but is
now $2.1 billion.

Edwards said he’s hopeful any sale would reach a price at or
above the debt balance.

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

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Brunswick DA, judge go to Supreme Court

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Case raises courthouse power issue

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FIRST ON 3: New Hanover Co. Animal Control Manager fired

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Animal Control Manager Jean McNeil has been fired. McNeil confirmed her dismissal to WWAY, but she said she could not talk about what happened at this time.

McNeil had been on administrative leave since Dec. 22. She says being placed on leave was retaliation from her boss Health Director David Rice after McNeil raised concerns about her workers not receiving emergency pay during Hurricane Irene. She also blamed Rice for ignoring her allegations of violence in the workplace.

The Board of Health discussed McNeil’s suspension last week, but no decisions were made at that time.

Stay with WWAY for more information as it becomes available.

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ONLY ON 3: Author of book on NC forced sterilization talks about proposed compensation

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Victims of involuntary sterilization in North Carolina may finally be compensated for what they went through.

Earlier today a task force voted to pay each sterilization victim $50,000. The legislature must still approve that money, but this is the first time a state has approved paying victims of eugenics.

“When we look at it in hindsight it’s outrageous, it’s horrible,” Wilmington author Anne Russell said. “I wouldn’t want it done to me.”

Russell, a retied professor, who wrote a book about the state’s forced sterilization program, isn’t the only one who felt that way. A state task force recommended payouts to every living victim of the program that happened between 1929 and 1974

“About 7,600 men, women and children, in some cases, were not fit to reproduce and ordered that they be sterilized,” task force chair Laura Gerald said.

While writing her book, Russell became close with one Wilmington victim’s family.

“There is no sum of money that is really adequate to pay back for doing this, but you have to get real about what can be done at this time,” she said.

For many, the money comes a little too late. Out of thousands, the state has verified only about 70 living victims.

Some families of deceased victims were upset that compensation was not discussed for them.

Russell says Tuesday’s decision is at least some consolation for those who have come forward.

“I admire their courage and applaud the State of North Carolina for its apology,” she said. “I am glad something is finally being done and it should be.”

We spoke with David Pridgen, the nephew of a sterilization victim from Wilmington. He did not wish to comment on the compensation, but says his family is finally at peace for what happened.

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ONLY ON 3: Author of book discussing NC forced sterilization talks about proposed compensation

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Victims of involuntary sterilization in North Carolina may finally be compensated for what they went through.

Earlier today a task force voted to pay each sterilization victim $50,000. The legislature must still approve that money, but this is the first time a state has approved paying victims of eugenics.

“When we look at it in hindsight it’s outrageous, it’s horrible,” Wilmington author Anne Russell said. “I wouldn’t want it done to me.”

Russell, a retied professor, who wrote a book about the state’s forced sterilization program, isn’t the only one who felt that way. A state task force recommended payouts to every living victim of the program that happened between 1929 and 1974

“About 7,600 men, women and children, in some cases, were not fit to reproduce and ordered that they be sterilized,” task force chair Laura Gerald said.

While writing her book, Russell became close with one Wilmington victim’s family.

“There is no sum of money that is really adequate to pay back for doing this, but you have to get real about what can be done at this time,” she said.

For many, the money comes a little too late. Out of thousands, the state has verified only about 70 living victims.

Some families of deceased victims were upset that compensation was not discussed for them.

Russell says Tuesday’s decision is at least some consolation for those who have come forward.

“I admire their courage and applaud the State of North Carolina for its apology,” she said. “I am glad something is finally being done and it should be.”

We spoke with David Pridgen, the nephew of a sterilization victim from Wilmington. He did not wish to comment on the compensation, but says his family is finally at peace for what happened.

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