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Archive for March, 2012

Rare emeralds donated to North Carolina museum

Friday, March 16th, 2012

By MARTHA WAGGONER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Rare emeralds found buried 20 feet below the ground in North Carolina will stay in their home state.

An anonymous donor has given three large uncut emeralds and the largest cut emerald originating in North America to the museum, which will exhibit the collection in its new $56 million Nature Research Center that opens next month.

Museum director Betsy Bennett said Friday that the emeralds and some rare hiddenite given by the same donor are among the biggest prizes in the museum’s 132-year-old history.

One of the uncut emeralds weighs more than 1,200 carats. The 64-carat cut emerald is known as the “Carolina Emperor.”

North Carolina is the only place on this continent where significant emerald deposits are found, explaining why the stone is the official state gemstone.

Martha Waggoner can be reached at: http://twitter.com/mjwaggonernc

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

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Cameron Art Museum wants to borrow ladders for exhibit

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Virginia sculptor Charlie Brouwer, who is creating the work.

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Pot-growing more covert, high-tech

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Building an at-home marijuana grow requires little investment and yields enormous profits.

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Oak Island hires new interim town manager

Friday, March 16th, 2012

The town has been without a permanent head administrator since December.

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John Edwards campaign must repay $2M to Treasury

Friday, March 16th, 2012

By TOM BREEN
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The Federal Election Commission is upholding a ruling that requires the campaign of former Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards to repay the US Treasury more than $2.1 million in public matching funds.

According to documents unsealed Friday, the commission has denied the campaign’s request to reconsider its original repayment order. The FEC says the campaign now has less than a month to pay back the money.

Lawyers working for Edwards in the case did not have an immediate response Friday morning. Edwards’ lawyers had requested a review of the original order, which was issued last July.

The FEC case is separate from a pending criminal trial in which Edwards has pleaded not guilty to charges of violating campaign finance law in a bid to cover up an extramarital affair.

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

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