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Archive for May, 2012

Fate of 320 Chestnut St. in commissioners’ hands

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

The county-owned downtown building that has been closed because of water leak damages

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NC Chamber wants cuts in unemployment benefits

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s main business booster group wants legislators to cut future unemployment benefits and issue taxpayer-backed bonds to close a debt to the federal government.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports that the North Carolina Chamber of Commerce wants the General Assembly to cut the maximum unemployment benefit from about $500 to $350 weekly. The chamber also wants to cut the period of state-provided benefits from 26 weeks to 20 weeks.

The chamber says the state should issue bonds to pay off the more than $2 billion the state borrowed from Washington to pay benefits to jobless workers. The idea is that the state borrow money cheaply by selling bonds to be repaid with taxes collected from the state’s employers.

The Legislature started its annual session Wednesday.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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star Jenelle Evans engaged

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

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Defense rests without calling Edwards, mistress

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — John Edwards’ defense team has rested their case without the former presidential candidate or his mistress taking the witness stand.

Edwards’ defense team rested Wednesday morning.

Some court watchers had expected the former U.S. senator and trial lawyer to testify in his own defense. The move signals the defense believes it has already proven its case.

Putting Edwards on the stand would have exposed him to withering cross-examination about his past lies and personal failings.

Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six counts of campaign finance violations. He faces up to 30 years in prison.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC bill supports compensation for eugenics victims

Wednesday, May 16th, 2012

MARTHA WAGGONER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — State legislators have filed a bill recommending that people forcibly sterilized decades ago in North Carolina get $50,000 each.

If the legislation becomes law, North Carolina will become the first state to compensate victims of eugenics programs that ended the child-bearing abilities of people deemed undesirable.

In an unusual move, the House sponsors of the bill filed Wednesday include Speaker Thom Tillis. The Republican has said a compensation plan would show state officials are serious about trying to redeem a dark chapter in North Carolina history.

Gov. Bev Perdue’s budget proposal last week included more than $10 million to give $50,000 in tax-free compensation to each living victim. Some of the funds would support other services of the North Carolina Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation.

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

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