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Archive for March, 2012

Feds seek to limit information before Edwards jury

Monday, March 19th, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Prosecutors have asked a federal judge in North Carolina to bar those in the upcoming trial of former presidential candidate John Edwards from mentioning his poor health because of concern it could create sympathy among jurors.

Edwards’s trial was delayed in January after his lawyers said the Democrat needed treatment for a serious heart condition. Jury selection is to begin April 12.

Prosecutors also asked for an order limiting any mention before the jury of possible pending contempt charges against former Edwards’s aide Andrew Young stemming from a lawsuit over possession of a sex tape made by the candidate’s mistress. Young is expected to be a key witness for prosecutors against Edwards, who has pleaded not guilty to charges related to campaign finance violations.

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

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Debates on tap for primary election

Monday, March 19th, 2012

With only about a month until early voting begins, it’s about time for candidate debates.

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Brunswick Co. Schools: No ‘pink slime’ in cafeterias

Monday, March 19th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Schools says its cafeterias do not serve up “pink slime.”

In a news release today, the school district says it does not receive any beef products from the USDA, which uses ammonia-treated Lean Finely Textured Beef (LFTB), also known as pink slime, in its beef.

Brunswick County Schools says it diverts its allocated beef allowance to food processors AdvancePierre Foods and JTM Food Group. The district says Neither AdvancePierre nor JTM Food Group use ammonia treated LFTB in school products.

The school district says the decision to divert the system’s beef allowance was made for safety and efficiency. Brunswick County Schools opts for its processors to use a “whole beef combo pack” to produce products served in school cafeterias. The district says working with a whole beef product reduces chances of food contamination when compared to working with an already ground product.

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Operation Medicine Drop offers chance to safely dispose of old prescriptions

Monday, March 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Check your medicine cabinet or that drawer in your bathroom, and you’ll probably find bottle of expired prescription medicine. If so, you have a chance to safely get rid of it this week.

It’s important not only to help decrease prescription medication abuse, but it’s also important for the environment. If you flush old medicine down the toilet it gets into our water system, affecting the growth and reproduction of marine life.

Getting rid of old prescription drugs safely is much easier than you might think. There are drop-off events around the state this week as part of Operation Medicine Drop. Click here to find a drop-off event near you.

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Perdue asks sterilization victims to come forward

Monday, March 19th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – Gov. Bev Perdue is asking victims of North Carolina’s forced sterilization program to come forward as she puts together a budget that includes compensation for them.

Perdue said Monday that she’s including compensation in her next budget. The NC Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation has verified 111 people who were sterilized in 48 counties.

Buncombe, Scotland and Hertford counties ranked in the Top 10 for number of procedures but have no matches.

In January, the Eugenics Compensation Task Force recommended a tax-free lump sum payment of $50,000 to living victims and those who were alive when initially verified by the foundation. Spokeswoman Jill Lucas says Perdue hasn’t determined what amount she’ll recommend in her budget.

From 1929 to 1974, more than 7,600 people in North Carolina were sterilized.

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

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