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Archive for March, 2012

Edwards lawyers seek leeway in questioning Young

Monday, March 26th, 2012

By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Prosecutors have asked the federal judge overseeing the upcoming criminal trial of John Edwards to limit how much evidence can be introduced from the recent legal fight over ownership of a sex tape featuring the former candidate.

Both sides agreed at a pre-trial hearing Monday that the intimate video made by Edwards mistress Rielle Hunter should not be shown to jurors deciding whether the Democrat is guilty of campaign finance violations.

However, Edwards’s defense team says they should be free to question former campaign aide Andrew Young about inconsistent testimony he gave after Hunter sued him in state court to regain possession of the tape. Young is expected to be a key witness against his former boss.

Edwards’s trial is set to begin April 12. He has pleaded not guilty.

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

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With waiver approved, Brunswick schools calendar set

Monday, March 26th, 2012

Brunswick County Schools’ request to waive five school days for the 2012-2013 year is approved.

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Brunswick Co. gets waiver for 180-day school year

Monday, March 26th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — For the second year in a row, Brunswick County Schools has received a waiver to give it flexibility in its school calendar. The waiver from the state Board of Education lets the district keep its calendar at 180 instructional days instead of 185 for the 2012-2013 school year.

The legislature mandated in its budget passed in summer 2011 that North Carolina’s school year would extend to 185 instructional days. Because of the late notice, many districts, including Brunswick County, received a waiver for the 2011-2012 school year allowing them to keep their already adopted 180-day calendars.

Under the waiver for 2012-2013, Brunswick County Schools must use the five waived days for mandatory work days for staff. The district says it also gives it flexibility for make-up days if school has to be canceled.

When the legislature added the extra days, critics said it would be difficult for schools to fit make-up days into a calendar that is already tight. State law also mandates schools cannot start classes before August 25 or end after June 10. That law is meant to protect the state’s tourism industry, which says it relies on seasonal student labor and vacationing families during the summer.

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Duke, Progress promise to build new power lines

Monday, March 26th, 2012

By EMERY P. DALESIO
AP Business Writer

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Duke Energy and Progress Energy say they’re willing to spend $110 million on new power transmission lines as they try to get federal approval for a merger creating the largest US electric utility.

The companies added details Monday to their third offer to regulators judging their merger proposal. The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission twice last year said the companies did not do enough to protect competition in their North Carolina and South Carolina home markets.

Duke Energy and Progress Energy last month told North Carolina regulators they’re willing to spend up to $150 million to reduce competition concerns. The utilities now say most of that will go to building seven transmission projects to increase the electricity that can flow into the states from outside suppliers.

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

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Patients of disgraced doctor have month to pick up medical records

Monday, March 26th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Patients of a Wilmington doctor who pleaded guilty last week to illegally prescribing narcotics and attempting to traffic opium have a short window to get back their medical records.

Police arrested Guy David Dyer nearly two years ago.

Fewer than 40 of Dyer’s former patients have picked up records from the approximately 600 files police seized during the investigation.

Patients can pick up their records until April 24 at the Wilmington Police Department. Anyone picking up records will not be charged in connection to Dyer’s crimes.

Unclaimed records will be destroyed.

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