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Archive for April, 2012

NC governor hopefuls weigh in on Alcoa dam dispute

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s next governor will have a pivotal role in deciding a long-running dispute over the water and profits from the Yadkin River, which have been generated by dams run by Alcoa Inc. for generations.

The governor taking office next year could make Alcoa’s path to a new license for up to 50 years easy. Or the newcomer could resist like previous Govs. Mike Easley and Beverly Perdue.

Candidates for the May 8 primary told The Associated Press how they would handle the dispute.

The three leading contenders among the six Democrats running for governor all oppose Alcoa’s license renewal.

Leading Republican contender Pat McCrory says he wants Alcoa to make good on promises made a half-century ago, and he wants the dams to produce low-cost energy that will draw jobs.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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Blackbeard ship anchor set for brief display

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

GREENVILLE, NC (AP) — The first anchor from the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard’s flagship off the North Carolina coast is going on public display in Greenville for a few hours.

The anchor will be on display for four hours Saturday at the Queen Anne’s Conservation Lab as part of the N.C. Science Festival. Lab manager Wendy Welsh says it then will return to wet storage at the lab.

The anchor was recovered last May from the wreck of the Queen Anne’s Revenge.

In 1717, Blackbeard captured a French slave ship and renamed it Queen Anne’s Revenge. Blackbeard settled in Bath and received a governor’s pardon. Volunteers with the Royal Navy killed him in Ocracoke Inlet in November 1718, five months after the ship thought to be Queen Anne’s Revenge sank.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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Last ‘Violins of Hope’ performance in NC scheduled

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The last performance in North Carolina with restored violins played at Jewish concentration camps and other places will feature master violinist Shlomo Mintz.

The Charlotte Symphony performance with instruments from the “Violins of Hope” exhibit at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte is scheduled for Saturday at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center in Charlotte.

The program includes the Beethoven “Violin Concerto” and Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” as well as music by Mahler and traditional Jewish works.

The “Violins of Hope” exhibit includes 18 violins with connections to the vanished world of Europe’s prewar Jewish communities. The exhibit at UNC Charlotte Center City closes Tuesday.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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Pantano targets Rouzer’s ratings

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Each claims to have the conservative edge

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Phoenix sewer project gets go-ahead

Saturday, April 21st, 2012

Navassa Town Council approves $1.3 million contract

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