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Archive for May, 2012

Democrats’ group paying for anti-McCrory ad in NC

Friday, May 18th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The Democratic Governors Association is bankrolling a television ad in North Carolina markets critical of Republican gubernatorial nominee Pat McCrory and his involvement in a Charlotte-based lending and real estate business.

The group called North Carolina Citizens for Progress produced the ad that launched Friday. A DGA spokesman said the ad buy’s cost is comparable to one for a commercial started this week by the Republican Governors Association, which was in the hundreds of thousands of dollars.

The ad seeks to tie McCrory’s position on the board of directors of Tree.com Inc. since 2009 with financial settlements or penalties by company subsidiaries over their lending or mortgage practices. McCrory was in his last year as Charlotte mayor when he joined the board.

McCrory’s campaign didn’t immediately comment about the commercial.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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KITCHEN SCOOP: Apricot Pecan Squares

Friday, May 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — This week, Kitchen Scoop’s Alicia Ross tempts tastebuds with Apricot Pecan Squares:

Apricot Pecan Squares

1 cup old-fashioned rolled oats (not instant and not quick cooking)
1 1/2 cups all-purpose flour
1 cup firmly packed light brown sugar
1/2 cup chopped pecan pieces
1/4 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 sticks (12 tablespoons) unsalted butter
3/4 cup apricot all-fruit preserves

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease and flour an 8×8-inch square glass baking pan and set aside.

In a large mixing bowl, combine oats, flour, sugar, and pecans. Cut butter into small pieces and add to flour mixture. Using your hands, mix together until mixture is coarse and mealy and has no large pieces of any ingredient.

Measure out a heaping 1 cup of mixture and set aside. Press remaining mixture into the bottom of prepared pan. Top oat mixture with preserves, spreading out evenly in a thin layer. Sprinkle reserved loose oat mixture over the top.

Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until top is golden brown. Remove from oven and cool completely before cutting, about 1 hour. Slice into squares and serve. (Store any leftover cookies in a tin or airtight container.)

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CFPUA spokeswoman calls sewer spill small

Friday, May 18th, 2012

North 23rd remains blocked; amount spilled still unknown

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Jurors in Edwards trial will resume talks Monday

Friday, May 18th, 2012

MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Jurors deliberating in John Edwards’ campaign corruption trial are going home for the weekend and will resume their discussions Monday.

A judge dismissed the jurors after they deliberated for about five hours on Friday. The jurors requested a list of all of the trial exhibits as well as office supplies, suggesting they were settling in for detailed discussions.

Edwards is accused of orchestrating a plan to use money from wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress during his run for the 2008 White House.

His attorneys say he did not knowingly break the law and that the payments were gifts, not campaign contributions.

Edwards is charged with six criminal counts. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

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

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Jurors in Edwards trial ask to look at exhibits

Friday, May 18th, 2012

MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Jurors deliberating in the John Edwards campaign corruption trial are asking to see several exhibits and they say they need office supplies to help with their discussions.

The request came about two hours after they started discussions Friday. The jurors asked for eight specific exhibits as well as a complete list of the exhibits. They also need a board and markers to write on it.

Edwards is accused of masterminding a plan to use money from wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the 2008 White House. Defense attorneys say Edwards did not knowingly break campaign finance laws. They also say the payments were a gift, not a campaign contribution.

He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

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

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