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Archive for March, 2012

Town Council approves parking fee hike in Carolina Beach

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach will see an increase in parking fees this spring. Town Council unanimously voted Tuesday night to extend pay parking by two hours from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.

Council also voted to increase hourly parking rates by $0.25 to $1.50/hour. All-day parking will also go up one dollar to $8/day.

All changes will be effective April 1st.

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Perdue visits PA to examine gas fracking

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A spokesman for North Carolina Gov. Beverly
Perdue says her one-day trip to Pennsylvania to examine a natural
gas exploration method wasn’t publicized because she was only
gathering information and held no public events.

Perdue, state environment Secretary Dee Freeman and others
traveled March 5 to north-central Pennsylvania to visit Shell Oil
operations in the region where a process called hydraulic
fracturing occurs to extract natural gas from shale.

Perdue spokesman Mark Johnson said Tuesday the delegation also
met with regulators and local officials.

Freeman’s department is expected soon to release a report the
Legislature mandated to examine the procedure known as “fracking”
and recommend what steps the state should now take.

The News & Observer of Raleigh first reported details of the
trip that Perdue took by state aircraft.

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

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NC vote switching

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina lawmakers get a second
chance at recording their votes on bills that cross their desks.

The operating rules of the House and Senate give legislators the
ability to change floor votes after the yeas and nays are counted.

North Carolina is one of 10 states where lawmakers are allowed to
change their votes after a bill has passed or failed. The Senate
allows such changes on the same day. The House policy gives
lawmakers 24 hours.

The House clerk’s office says its members asked for their votes
to be adjusted on 426 occasions during 2011. The Senate doesn’t
keep count of vote changes.

Most requested vote changes are the product of human error or
long legislative sessions where lawmakers press the wrong button or
didn’t understand legislation fully.

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

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Eaves fired as North Carolina A&T basketball coach

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – Jerry Eaves has been fired as head men’s
basketball coach at North Carolina A&T.

Athletic Director Earl M. Hinton III announced the move Tuesday.
He said assistant Scott Bollwage will serve as interim head coach
until a permanent replacement is hired.

Eaves had a year remaining on his contract, leaving the school
with a 99-180 record over nine seasons, good for third on the
school’s all-time win list.

The Aggies finished the 2011-12 season with a 12-20 record,
including a 51-50 loss to Howard in the first round of last week’s
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference tournament.

Eaves was the starting point guard on the 1980 Louisville team
that defeated UCLA for the national championship. He spent four
seasons in the NBA.

Hinton said a search for Eaves’ replacement will begin

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

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Piranha 3DD’ to be released in June

Tuesday, March 13th, 2012

Filmed-in-Wilmington horror feature "Piranha 3DD" will hit theaters June 1.

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