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Archive for June, 2012

New Hanover, Pender against virtual school proposal

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

At least 60 of the state’s 115 school districts have joined the resolution

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NC sets schedule for proposed energy merger

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina regulators say they will accept comments and testimony for a week about Duke Energy’s proposed takeover of Progress Energy.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission released a schedule Tuesday that lays out the timeline for input on the merger.

It is still unclear when state regulators will decide whether to permit or deny the move. The $13.7 billion merger would create the nation’s largest electric utility and service 7 million customers in the Carolinas, Florida, Indiana, Ohio and Kentucky.

The merger cleared a major hurdle Friday when it received approval from the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission.

The deal still needs the blessing of the Public Service Commission of South Carolina whose commissioners are scheduled to review it Wednesday. The companies want to close the deal by July 1.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Charlotte OKs $8M for Knights baseball stadium

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The Charlotte Knights baseball team is a step closer to playing its games in a new stadium.

The Charlotte City Council on Monday voted 7-4 in favor of giving the team $8 million toward the project.

The plan calls for the Knights to receive $7.25 million from hotel and motel tax revenues, with the rest coming from an uptown booster group.

Mecklenburg County is contributing $8?million and has agreed to an annual $1 lease on land that has been valued at between $20 million and $24 million. The stadium itself is expected to cost $54 million.

The Chicago White Sox affiliate team has played in Fort Mill, SC, for more than 20 years. The Knights say they can start construction in October, with play to begin in April 2014.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Smithsonian exhibit showcases America on the move

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

Journey Stories will run from June 23-Aug. 4 at the Pender County Public Library.

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Police investigate death of 16-month-old Spring Lake boy

Tuesday, June 12th, 2012

SPRING LAKE, NC (AP) — Cumberland County deputies are investigating the death of a 16-month old Spring Lake boy found unconscious in a bath tub.

Authorities say the toddler was found inside a home at around 9:30 a.m. Monday and was pronounced dead at a hospital.

A spokeswoman for the sheriff’s office says the boy’s body has been sent for an autopsy to determine how he died.

The child’s name has not been released. Authorities say an adult was in the home at the time but didn’t say if it was one of the boy’s parents.

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

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