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Archive for March, 2012

Health board approves using state funds for IUDs

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

New Hanover Commissioner Rick Catlin cast the only dissenting vote

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Does Southport’s main street beat others in state?

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

Experts and public expected to weigh in during competition

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NC businesses along I-95 tally tolling impact

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Opponents say plans to charge a toll on Interstate 95 in North Carolina will make it more difficult for businesses to quickly and cheaply ship goods up and down the highway.

I-95 has been free for decades and is the East Coast’s main thoroughfare. North Carolina, Virginia and Missouri all are considering tolls as a way to pay for expanding and upgrading interstates. The home-improvement warehouse retailer Lowe’s Cos. says the cost from tolls on I-95 may have to be passed on to consumers.

Suppliers send trucks to the Lowe’s distribution center just off I-95 near the Virginia line, and Lowe’s sends its trucks from there to stores. A company spokeswoman says suppliers may pass the cost from tolls on to Lowe’s, which would in turn have to raise prices at its stores.

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

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DOT to review naming policy after firefighter snub

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — North Carolina transportation officials say they will review the agency’s policy on naming state owned bridges after a Board of Transportation committee refused to name a bridge in Asheville after a firefighter who died while fighting a blaze.

DOT spokesman Jeff Vaden told the Citizen-Times of Asheville that the agency’s current policy prevents naming bridges and roads for firefighters or other emergency personnel. The DOT does allow them to be named for police officers killed while on duty. Vaden says the DOT has heard many complaints about the policy.

Officials in Asheville want to name the Smoky Park Bridge for city fire Capt. Jeff Bowen, who died during a blaze at a medical building last July. Authorities ruled the fire arson, but no arrests have been made.

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

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Judge censured for tossing DWI case test results

Saturday, March 10th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A Mecklenburg County judge has been censured by the North Carolina Supreme Court for throwing out test results in a drunken driving case so the defendant would face a lesser punishment.

The Charlotte Observer reports that District Judge John Totten acknowledged he violated the conduct code for judges and agreed with the punishment handed down Friday.

The defendant in the case had a blood-alcohol level of 0.17 percent, which would have required him to have a device where his breath would be tested for alcohol before his vehicle would start. But court documents say Totten tossed out the blood-alcohol test after the defendant was sentenced. It did not give a reason for Totten’s actions.

Totten was elected to the bench in 2008 and is seeking re-election this year.

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

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