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Archive for January, 2012

State Auditor Beth Wood seeking re-election

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — State Auditor Beth Wood says she will seek a second four-year term running North Carolina’s government watchdog agency.

Wood announced her re-election bid Tuesday. The certified public accountant says she fulfilled her plan to improve audit efficiency and quality in her first term and wants to continue those goals if she wins statewide election in November.

Wood said the State Auditor’s Office has identified $248 million in waste and potential revenues since she took office in early 2009 and has identified poor contracting practices by state agencies.

The Democrat defeated incumbent Republican Auditor Les Merritt in 2008.

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

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Cops: No clear motive in Greensboro rampage

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Guilford County Sheriff B.J. Barnes says an extensive investigation has been unable to determine a clear motive in a shooting rampage that left five children dead.

Barnes said Tuesday that investigators think they have almost all the facts in the November massacre, but have not discovered what motivated 36-year-old Mary Ann Holder to carry it out.

Authorities say Holder shot and killed her two sons and three other children, including an 8-year-old girl. Holder then turned the gun on herself.

Barnes says the same gun was used in all the killings. Holder also shot and wounded her married lover.

The sheriff says a few more test results are expected from the state Medical Examiner’s Office, but doesn’t expect them to make significant changes to the findings of the investigation.

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

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Opposition voiced against Charlotte protest rules

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Some opponents of protest-limiting ordinances in Charlotte got a police response for overstaying their turn at a microphone.

Police removed two people from a public hearing about the changes proposed ahead of September’s Democratic National Convention after they kept talking beyond their three-minute limit.

Nearly 30 members of the Occupy Charlotte movement spoke against the ordinances at the council meeting Monday.

One change would ban camping on city property, forcing Occupy protesters to remove their tents from Charlotte’s old City Hall.

Council members also are considering crowd-control ordinances, including one that forbids wearing masks or scarves if they can hide a person’s identity. Another bans demonstrators from carrying a backpack, duffle bag, or cooler if the aim is concealing weapons.

The ACLU says police are getting too much leeway.

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

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Police arrest shooting suspect

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Police arrested a suspect Tuesday in a shooting outside a Dawson Street store.

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Cape Fear dredging prompts little concern

Tuesday, January 10th, 2012

Environmental experts are largely unconcerned with dredging on the Cape Fear River.

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