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Archive for May, 2012

Camerons offer land along MLK for stadium, with strings

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

Rest of property would be given improved access

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NC lawmakers promise more fracking protections

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers are adding new protections for neighbors and landowners in a proposed law to legalize a form of underground gas drilling.

A Senate committee introduced legislation Thursday that could allow fracking in two years if needed regulations are in place by then. Fracking involves injecting a drilled well with chemicals, water and sand to crack shale rock and free trapped natural gas.

The new version says gas drillers are responsible if underground water supplies are tainted. It also sets minimum royalties and legal protections for landowners, and gives appointees to a mining commission the duty to write regulations.

Critics point out the measure also prevents local governments from keeping gas wells out of residential areas, and doesn’t require drillers to carry insurance to pay for damage they cause.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NYC proposes ban on sale of oversize sodas

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

SAMANTHA GROSS
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials say they believe their proposed ban on large sodas and other sugary drinks in eateries will prove popular with residents and start a national trend.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s administration formally announced the proposal Thursday. It’s the first time a city has proposed such a ban.

The ban on drinks over 16 ounces would apply only to sweetened options that contain more than 25 calories per 8 ounces. It would not apply to diet soda or any other calorie-free drink. Any drink that is at least half milk or milk substitute would be exempted, as would juice and alcoholic drinks.

The proposal drew strong reaction from the Coca-Cola Co.

The company says in a statement that “The people of New York City are much smarter than the New York City Health Department believes.”

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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CFPUA hit gas line, homes evacuated in Wilmington

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Nearly 2 dozen homes were evacuated this morning in Wilmington because of a natural gas leak at Hanover and McRae Streets in Wilmington.

A 3/4″ gas line ruptured when CFPUA crews were digging. The Wilmington Fire Department and Piedmont Gas responded around 10:00am to evacuate homes and keep the area secured during repairs.

Chief David Hines said the gas line was not marked.

Crews reopened the streets just after 11:00am.

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Snipes students share new 3D sculpture

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

The project was intended to teach students about the art element of form.

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