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Archive for March, 2012

NC elections symposium today designed to prevent errors

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina candidates, leaders of political committees and others are learning the ins and outs of campaign finance and elections so they’ll follow the rules and avoid problems that could get them in trouble.

The State Board of Elections is scheduled to host an all-day election symposium Friday at board headquarters in Raleigh. The event is also to be shown online and features elected officials, board regulators and campaign finance experts as panelists.

Topics to be covered include campaign donation rules, third-party expenditures, voter registration and what voter fraud is and isn’t.

The conference comes after a string of campaign finance investigations over the years that involved improper use of campaign funds and the failure to report the cost of airplane flights.

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

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Brunswick man dies in tractor accident

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

Bruce Henry, 52, was killed shortly after 6:30 p.m. Wednesday

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“The Hunger Games” premieres on the big screen

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– It’s the movie that has everyone buzzing. “The Hunger Games”, shot in North Carolina, premieres Thursday night at midnight.

Governor Bev Perdue says “The Hunger Games” employed nearly 5,000 people and spent about $60 million in North Carolina.

The movie is providing both a boost to the state’s film industry and Wilmington’s box offices.

“So excited, I’m going to see it at midnight,” said Kelsi Teegardin. “I’m leaving at 9:45 and I’ll be there and I’m very excited.”

“Just finished the book last week on spring break so it was perfect timing,” said Bethanne Dehler. “I can’t wait to go see the movie.”

Perdue says fans of the film will be excited to visit the locations they see on the screen and go places the stars visited.

Wilmington movie theaters say they are already reaping the benefits.

“We’re definitely expecting a lot of people here tonight,” said Carmike 16 Manager, Alicia Hammitt. “We’ve already sold out of our first four auditoriums. It’s always a good sign when you have a lot of pre-sales. There’s always a lot of people that come up last minute, so we’re expecting a pretty full house.”

Carmike 16 says they have already sold over 800 tickets for the weekend. There are also a fair share of sell outs at the Regal at Mayfaire as well.

“Super excited, just finished the book today, couldn’t put it down,” said Chelsea Atencio. “I just sat down after class and read it all. I was like I have to go to the movies but I don’t want to fight the crowds tonight so we’re going to wait until tomorrow.”

In a press release from the Office of the Governor, Perdue says:

“This is the highest profile movie ever made in our state. As the movie’s characters might say, the odds are in our favor to see North Carolina re-emerge as one of America’s top filming destinations.”

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Maker of anti-DWI ignition locks settles with DMV

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A Morrisville maker of electronic devices
that thwart drunken drivers has settled its federal lawsuit against
the North Carolina Division of Motor Vehicles.

Monitech Inc. has agreed to dismiss its lawsuit, which alleged
DMV Commissioner Mike Robertson broke state bidding rules by
withholding the renewal of its state contract. Under the
settlement, Monitech will submit its device for state certification
by April 16,

The company has been the state’s sole provider of the auto
ignition interlocks since 1989, which test the breath of convicted
drunken drivers for alcohol before they can start their vehicles.
The devices are often mandated for people convicted of DWI to keep
their driving privileges.

A competitor, Texas-based Smart Start Inc., has already been
certified to begin selling its ignition interlocks starting April

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

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New Hanover News & Notes – Fashion show; lecture; lunch with author

Friday, March 23rd, 2012

The annual spring show presents fashions for the new spring and summer seasons and is the major fundraiser for the Island of Lights organization.

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