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Archive for May, 2012

Ruling means June trial in Perdue campaign probe

Friday, May 18th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A judge’s decision to refuse to dismiss charges against two people linked to North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue’s 2008 campaign means the first trial is slated to begin next month.

Judge Abraham Jones denied motions by lawyers for Perdue campaign donor “Buzzy” Stubbs and former campaign aide Juleigh Sitton. They were indicted last November on charges that stemmed from an investigation into dozens of unreported flights by Perdue’s winning campaign.

The pair’s attorneys argued their clients shouldn’t have been charged with obstruction of justice and that it was wrong for any indictments to be filed in Wake County. Jones formally disagreed in an order filed late Wednesday.

Wake County District Attorney Colon Willoughby has said he wants to try Stubbs first the week of June 11.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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List of contested NC races

Friday, May 18th, 2012

Here is a list of contested North Carolina races based on state’s unofficial vote totals:

Lieutenant Governor:

Republican Tony Gurley, 25 percent of the votes, filed for a runoff against Dan Forest, 33 percent of the votes.

Commissioner of Insurance:

Republican Mike Causey, 35 percent of the votes, filed for a runoff against Richard Morgan, 37 percent of the votes.

Commissioner of Labor:

Democrat Marlowe Foster, 33 percent of the votes, filed for a runoff against John Brooks, 37 percent of the votes.

Secretary of State:

Republican Kenn Gardner, 30 percent of the votes, filed for a runoff against Ed Goodwin, 36 percent of the votes.

Superintendent of Public Instruction:

Republican Richard Alexander, 24 percent of the votes, filed for a runoff against John Tedesco, 28 percent of the votes.

Congressional District 8:

Republican Scott Keadle, 22 percent of the votes, filed for a runoff against Richard Hudson, 32 percent of the votes.

Congressional District 9:

Republican Jim Pendergraph, 25 percent of the votes, filed for a runoff against Robert Pittenger, 32 percent of the votes.

Congressional District 11:

Republican Vance Patterson, 24 percent of the votes, filed for a runoff against Mark Meadows, 38 percent of the votes.

State Senate District 12:

Republican Ronald Rabin, 28 percent of the votes, filed for a runoff against Don Davis, 38 percent of the votes.

State Senate District 21:

Democrat Robert Clark III, 20 percent of the votes, filed for a runoff against Billy King, 24 percent of the votes.

State Senate District 41:

Republican John Aneralla, 36 percent of the votes, filed for a runoff against Jeff Tarte, 38 percent of the votes.

State Senate District 44:

Republican David Curtis, 34 percent of the votes, filed for a runoff against Chris Carney, 35 percent of the votes.

State House District 6:

Republican Arthur Williams, 36 percent of the votes, filed for a runoff against Mattie Lawson, 37 percent of the votes.

State House District 32:

Democrat Jim Crawford, 31 percent of the votes, filed for a runoff against Nathan Baskerville, 39 percent of the votes.

State House District 109:

Republican Wil Neumann, 24 percent of the votes, filed for a runoff against Dana Bumgardner, 35 percent of the votes.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC teacher suspended for placing child in box

Friday, May 18th, 2012

HICKORY, N.C. (AP) – A middle-school teacher in Caldwell County has been suspended after officials learned that she disciplined a special needs child by placing him in a cardboard box.

The Hickory Daily News reports that Joy Amatuccio found out this week that her 14-year-old son at Hudson Middle School was put in a cardboard box the size of a refrigerator in mid-April.

Amatuccio said she asked the principal why he hadn’t called her as soon as he discovered the teacher had used the cardboard box as a discipline method. She said the principal told her it was a poor decision.

Libby Brown of the Caldwell County Schools said the teacher has been suspended with pay for three days and that an investigation is under way. The teacher’s name hasn’t been released.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Food Network to film at Carolina Beach shops

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Producers for culinary celebrity Rachael Ray and The Food Network plan to film at a couple of local hot spots on Friday afternoon.

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Region under flood advisory until 10:45 p.m.

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Doppler radar at about 8:45 p.m. showed "very slow moving thunderstorms producing torrential rainfall" in the region.

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