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Archive for January, 2012

Charlotte votes on rules making DNC protests harder

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Charlotte leaders are looking at rules to restrict political demonstrations ahead of this year’s Democratic National Convention.

The city council in North Carolina’s largest city plans to vote Monday on changing ordinances to give officials a broader leeway to decide what is appropriate for protests or parades.

Another law would make it illegal to camp on public property, forcing Occupy Charlotte members to pack up and leave its site in front of the old city hall that it has called home for months.

Opponents of the ordinances say Charlotte city council’s approval would stop people from voicing their concerns in front of a world audience as they have a right to do.

The American Civil Liberties Union says the ordinances would give police too much leeway.

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

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VOTE 2012: Jesse Helms’s widow emails support for Rouzer

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Mrs. Dorothy Helms emailed the following letter Monday in support of David Rouzer who will face Ilario Pantano in the Republican primary and perhaps Congressman Mike McIntyre in the November general election. Rouzer used to work in Helms’s office:

Dear Friend,

I am writing to ask you a favor. I hope that you will please support David Rouzer in his campaign for Congress.

I normally do not get involved in political races other than our own, but David is a very special exception. You see, David worked in Washington with Jesse for almost a decade, and once you get to know David you will understand why Jesse and I thought so highly of him. He is a smart, hard-working gentleman who has an excellent reputation for getting things done and standing for the conservative principles that made this country great. Personally, I am delighted that David is running for Congress.

David’s farm background and education prepared him well for his work with Jesse in the U.S. Senate. He worked for twelve summers on his family’s farm in Johnston County and had his own tobacco crop. In fact, he saved the money his tobacco brought at market to pay for his education at N.C. State.

David has put his experiences to good use, playing a vital role in achieving the tobacco buyout for our farm families and the many businesses across the state that rely on the production of tobacco. He has been a key supporter and advocate for agriculture and North Carolina business in Washington in the past and has been well-recognized for his good work to reduce government spending and reform the state’s regulatory agencies as a member of the North Carolina Senate.

Equally important, David understands what Jesse called the “miracle of America.” He understands the principles on which America was founded. He knows these principles must survive, and he feels a deep sense of obligation to do his part to ensure that they do.

Though David’s accomplishments and knowledge are impressive, it is his strength of character that Jesse and I always admired most. You will find him to be a committed Christian who will stand firm for North Carolina values wherever he serves.

I hope you will have an opportunity to meet David personally during the campaign. I am sure that you will be impressed and that you will agree his background, knowledge and energy will serve us well. I fear for our country. We need men like David in the U.S. Congress now more than ever.

So please join me in supporting David in his campaign for Congress. Let us hear from you today and help us turn this country around. Not only will David need your generous financial support, but he will need you to say a good word to your friends and support him with your name and in other ways.

I will be most grateful for your help.

Warmest personal regards,

Dorothy C. Helms

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Whiteville store has two big dollar lottery tickets in six months

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) –- For the second time in six months, the same store in the small town of Whiteville has sold a big-winning lottery ticket. Hill’s Food Store on JK Boulevard sold the ticket that matched four white balls and the Mega Ball in Friday’s drawing. Because it was a $2 Megaplier ticket and the Megaplier was two, it is worth $20,000.

The ticketholder has already come forward to claim the prize money. Christina Grice of Chadbourn said she felt “excited” Monday morning as she collected her winnings at the lottery’s claim center in Wilmington.

Last summer, a Whiteville couple won a $248,982 Carolina Cash 5 jackpot on a ticket purchased at the same store. Lottie and Sylvia Williams’ ticket was the only one to match all five numbers in the Saturday, Aug. 13 drawing.

“As always, we like to congratulate the winner and thank them for choosing to shop with us to buy their tickets,” said store manager Edward Ward.

Since the lottery began through June 30 of last year, Columbus County players won more than $23.9 million in prizes and local retailers earned more than $2.9 million in commissions on ticket sales.

During the same time frame, Columbus County education programs received more than $15.2 million in lottery funds. By law, those funds pay for teachers’ salaries, school construction, need-based college scholarships and at-risk prekindergarten programs.

To date, the N.C. Education Lottery has raised more than $2.1 billion for these initiatives statewide.

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Transfer donations to CFPUA? Berger votes no

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

Commissioner Berger voted against transferring $10,000 in private donations to CFPUA.

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BofA debit fee plan led to 20% jump in closed accounts

Monday, January 23rd, 2012

By Susanna Kim and Matt Guttman
ABC News

The days of the easy fee grab may be coming to an end. Bank of America’s failed plan to impose a $5 monthly debit card fee led to a 20 percent increase in closed accounts in the last three months of 2011 and a public relations headache, which other companies may be keen to avoid.

Asked about the fee debacle in a conference call with investors last week, Bank of America CEO Brian Moynihan said, “So I’d say that yes, we had some impact from the $5 debit fee. That’s why we made a decision to reverse it.”

The incident may lead to companies thinking again before levying fees on services that have traditionally been free. Verizon Wireless canceled a $2 fee for single bill-pay transactions online or via telephone in December, just one day after the telecommunications company announced the fee.

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