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Archive for February, 2012

Public health officials warn of norovirus outbreaks

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

The virus had sickened several people in area long-term care facilities in the past week.

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The show can’t go on

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

Trustees decide CFCC Fine Arts Center needs complete makeover.

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Woods fire burns four acres in Brunswick County

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

A woods fire sparked Saturday afternoon near N.C. 211 in Brunswick County, said Anthony Marzano, the county’s director of emergency services.

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NC announces deal with Army, motorsports

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The U.S. Army Special Operations Command is turning to North Carolina’s motorsports industry to help build vehicles that are lighter, faster and, most importantly, safer.

Officials say the deal announced Saturday at Daytona International Speedway officially recognizes work between the two groups that’s gone on for several years. Among those announcing the deal at the speedway were Gov. Beverly Perdue and Lt. Gen. John F. Mulholland, commanding general of the U.S. Army Special Operations Command, based at Fort Bragg.

A memorandum of agreement has been signed by four groups, including Special Operations and a motorsports council. Officials say the deal doesn’t mean that motorsports companies will get contracts to build parts for military vehicles, but they will have more information about what the Army needs.

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

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Marriage proposal’s broader effects debated in NC

Saturday, February 18th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The debate over a proposed constitutional amendment in North Carolina has expanded to include more than simply whether gays and lesbians should be allowed to legally marry.

The measure would enshrine marriage between a man and a woman as the only recognized legal union in the state. Opponents say it could have far-reaching, unintended effects. They point to Ohio, where a similar amendment led some judges to rule that unmarried people couldn’t be charged under state domestic violence laws. That changed when the Ohio Supreme Court ruled such laws are compatible with that state’s marriage amendment.

Supporters of the measure say those arguments are just a smokescreen to distract voters. They say Idaho passed a virtually identical amendment in 2006 and hasn’t seen significant litigation or unintended consequences.

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

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