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Archive for May, 2012

System off coast could become tropical storm

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

If a storm develops, it would come two weeks before the official start of the Atlantic hurricane season June 1.

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NC’s agricultural heritage celebrated at festival

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina is celebrating its agricultural heritage with the 2012 Got to Be N.C. Festival at the State Fairgrounds in Raleigh.

The three-day festival continues Saturday and Sunday afternoon after beginning Friday. While rides and food are popular at the festival, Agriculture Secretary Steve Troxler says it also has the serious purpose of encouraging people to buy North Carolina products.

Agriculture is the No. 1 industry in the state and generates more than $70 billion annually.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Man visits elephant he helped get for NC Zoo

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

ASHEBORO, NC (AP) — Decades after he helped bring an elephant to the North Carolina Zoo, a Charlotte man has reunited with the pachyderm that was no bigger than a pony when he found it.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports that 85-year-old Angus Mercer went to the zoo near Asheboro with three generations of his family to visit C’sar.

Mercer was the owner of an equipment sales and rental company who was inspired to make the purchase in 1978 by then-Gov. Jim Hunt. The governor was urging businesses to support the new state zoo. Mercer made the four yearly installments of $3,000 to get him.

The last time Mercer saw C’sar was a year after the elephant’s arrival at the zoo, when keepers let the family throw him a birthday party.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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McCrory wants NC governor’s race ad off the air

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Pat McCrory’s gubernatorial campaign is demanding television stations stop running a commercial bankrolled by the Democratic Governors Association, arguing it made false claims about his activities linked to a Charlotte-based business.

An attorney for McCrory sent a memo to stations running the ad that launched Friday.

The ad seeks to tie McCrory’s position on the board of directors of Tree.com Inc. with financial settlements or penalties by company subsidiaries over lending or mortgage practices.

McCrory was in his last year as Charlotte mayor when he joined the board. The memo says McCrory was never a lobbyist for Tree.com when the ad suggested he was while mayor.

A lawyer for the group that produced the ad said it’s complying with North Carolina law and the ad’s content is fully documented.

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

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Sheriff’s department makes being healthy pay

Saturday, May 19th, 2012

New incentive program helps deputies stay in shape, win bonuses

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