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Archive for February, 2012

Sen. Kay Hagan opposes amendment to prohibit gay marriage

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan is against a proposed
constitutional amendment that would prohibit gay marriage in North
Carolina because she says it would harm the state’s ability to
recruit business and jobs and have negative consequences for
families and children.

Hagan released a statement this week urging North Carolina
residents to oppose the amendment on the May 8 ballot. The measure
says traditional marriage would be the only recognized domestic
legal union in the state. State law already defines marriage as
between a man and a woman.

Other amendment opponents have argued the language would imprint
discrimination into the state constitution and discourage companies
with gay-friendly policies from building or expanding in North
Carolina. Hagan said the state can’t afford to give businesses a
reason to go elsewhere.

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

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VOTE 2012: Pantano hoping 2010 experience propels him to 2012 success

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

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In 2010, Ilario Pantano easily won the Republican nomination for North Carolina’s 7th District seat in Congress before losing to incumbent Rep. Mike McIntyre in the general election. Pantano has been working ever since to try again. He says a lot has changed since his first run for Congress.

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Flag above American Flag taken down

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– It’s not illegal, but many say flying a flag above the American flag is disrespectful. Neighboring business owners say a used car dealership on Market Street has been flying its flag above our nation’s for months, and they want it to stop.

“It’s just offensive all the way around,” said Stephen Blanton, owner of Southwinds Hair Designs. “You shouldn’t do that. You never fly another flag above the American flag, it’s just totally disrespectful.”

For those people who work at Southwinds Hair Designs, they look out their window everyday and see what they say, is simply un-American.

“I resent it actually,” said Tammy Melvin. “I mean, I know people that have been in the military, and it doesn’t have to always be about the military, but they fought for us.”

They say the flag has been flying above the American flag at Munn Motorsports for months. Ownership of the dealership says it was a simple mistake.

“As you can see the last wind storm we had has ripped it apart and just flipped it over the other way,” said John Munn, owner of Munn Motorsports. “We were waiting on the new flag to come in to bring it down and switch it but it’s a good point so we’re just going to let the American flag fly by itself as it should and then I’m going to fly this once I get a new one in.”

Munn Motorsports says they have always supported the troops and flown the American flag proudly around their lot.

According to the United Stats Flag Code, no flag should be placed above or on the same level as the American flag. There are no penalties for breaking the code, nevertheless, many people believe it should be followed.

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Controlled burn causing smoke

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Smoke is heavy in some areas

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Green’ awards recognize companies

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Criteria include efforts to protect water quality and reuse of buildings

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