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Archive for May, 2012

CFPUA to hold public hearing on budget

Monday, May 14th, 2012

The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. in the Lucie Harrell Conference Room at the New Hanover County Administration Building.

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NC Democrats want clarity on Legislature visiting

Monday, May 14th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Democratic leaders of the North Carolina Legislature want the House and Senate Republican chiefs to ensure people can meet with elected officials outside the chamber doors.

House Minority Leader Joe Hackney and Senate Minority Leader Martin Nesbitt wrote Monday to House Speaker Thom Tillis and Sen. Phil Berger asking them to review what they consider an incorrect interpretation of building rules.

Authorities in February turned away protesters to Tillis’ office after someone cited a rule preventing visitors from the floor where the offices of Tillis and Berger are located. The House and Senate lawmakers meet steps away.

The protesters were permitted near the top offices when they returned in April.

Nesbitt and Hackney want it made clear the rule won’t prevent the constitutional right of citizens to “instruct their representatives.”

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Duke U. gives Brodhead 5 more years as president

Monday, May 14th, 2012

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Duke University’s trustees want Richard Brodhead to stay the school’s presidents for another five years.

The private Durham university’s board of trustees met over the weekend and voted to extend Brodhead’s tenure. Brodhead came to Duke in 2004 from Yale University.

Retired Hospital Corporation of America chief executive officer Jack Bovender led a committee that reviewed Brodhead’s work and collected feedback from students, faculty and national higher education leaders. He led a $300 million fundraising campaign and launched a civic engagement program since coming to Duke.

Brodhead has made globalization a major priority by overseeing the creation of a graduate medical school in Singapore and a campus bearing the Duke name in China.

Trustees also adopted a $2 billion operating budget for includes money for faculty and staff merit raises.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Sheriff’s office wants to absorb Brunswick animal control

Monday, May 14th, 2012

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Advocates to fight against NC law on nuclear costs

Monday, May 14th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Consumer, environmental and energy advocates say they’ll fight a potential North Carolina law change allowing Duke Energy to more easily pass costs of a new nuclear plant to customers.

The Charlotte Observer reports Duke Energy wants lawmakers to allow it to recoup nuclear pre-construction costs faster. The Charlotte-based utility instead wants to adjust electric rates annually to recover those nuclear plant costs as South Carolina, Georgia and Florida already allow.

A coalition of 12 groups including AARP North Carolina and the North Carolina Housing Coalition opposes that. Critics say the practice shifts risks to building a plant onto consumers before it starts generating power and even if the project gets canceled.

Duke Energy says the change would avoid sharp rate increases once nuclear plants are completed.

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

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