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Archive for March, 2012

Conservative groups using power of media to highlight positives in NC budget

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Two conservative-leaning organizations have
started what they call a voter education effort to highlight what
they say are good things in the Republican-written budget for North
Carolina state government.

The Americans for Prosperity Foundation and John William Pope
Civitas Institute unveiled Thursday the “NC Real Solutions”
initiative, which includes radio and television ads and a web site.

Foundation state director Dallas Woodhouse said his group plans
to spend $500,000 over the next month on the effort that attempts
to combat what he calls lies about the budget.

The ad running in most major North Carolina TV markets says the
budget lowered taxes and hired more state-funded teachers.
Democrats argue the budget slashed spending on health care and the
environment and forced local school districts to eliminate
thousands of jobs.

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Protest held in retaliation for Commissioners’ turning down family planning funds

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just days after New Hanover County commissioners voted against state funding for contraceptives, the response has been incredible.

A few hundred people came to Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington Thursday in protest of the vote. The board’s vote Monday has since made national headlines, even getting a response from the ACLU of North Carolina. Though commissioners will re-examine the funding at their April meeting, they are still catching backlash from their initial decision.

“It’s just a shame that they are having to waste the time that was such a no-brainer in the first place,” said Page Rutledge, a protester.

“I couldn’t really believe we were talking about 2012,” said Carol Chappell, who was also at the protest. “We’re talking about something I stood up for 40 years ago.”

Commissioners Jonathan Barfield and Jason Thompson showed up to listen and take questions, but Thompson found the gathering unproductive.

“Mostly it was people name calling and pushing me and spitting at me,” Thompson said. “There are just some really nasty people down here.”

The board will take another look at the family planning funding at their April 2nd meeting, commissioners and the health department plan to be fully prepared for the second time around.

“Based on the information I had on Monday, I made the correct vote,” Thompson said. “We’re going to hear it again in April and of course the board of health has already given new information, some commissioners are getting new information.”

However, some wonder if a change of vote will mean a change of heart.

“I think if they vote it through, it’s to appease the people. I don’t think it changes anything in reality,” said Melissa Robon, a protester.

“I can tell you that I will put my money where my mouth is and make sure more women get elected,” Rutledge said.

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NC Treasurer sues bank over bad investment

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina treasurer’s office is
suing the Bank of New York Mellon, saying an unauthorized
investment resulted in a $70 million loss to the state employees’
retirement fund.

The complaint says the bank invested $95 million in state assets
in a note issued by Lehman Brothers Holding.

But the treasurer’s office said Thursday that the investment was
unauthorized because it violated North Carolina’s approved
investment list. The lawsuit says Bank of New York Mellon had an
obligation to prudently invest the state’s retirement funds.

Lehman Brothers filed for bankruptcy on Sept. 15, 2008, causing
the value of the unauthorized investment to decrease by $70

A Bank of New York Mellon spokesman says the suit filed in Wake
County Superior Court is without merit.

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

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Signs of discontent

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

Hundreds protest over county commissioners’ vote

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Spelling v-i-c-t-o-r-y

Thursday, March 15th, 2012

New Hanover County students compete in bee for first time in decades

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