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Archive for June, 2012

Club News – Marine Corps League speaker, American Legion Post 129 fish fry, River Watch pancake breakfast and more

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

Club News for the week of July 1-7, 2012.

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NC House speaker says sweepstakes bill likely dead

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Time has likely run out for a bill that would regulate and tax video sweepstakes operations in North Carolina.

The measure was budgeted, but not discussed during Wednesday’s House Finance Committee meeting. House Speaker Thom Tillis says he doesn’t believe there will be time to take it up this session.

The bipartisan-backed legislation would enact state, county and city privilege taxes on sweepstakes establishments and terminals. Proceeds would mainly go toward public school funding, but also miscellaneous tax breaks.

The North Carolina State Lottery Commission would regulate the fixed-outcome computer machines until April. A future state Supreme Court ruling on the legality of the games would dictate whether the regulations could be extended.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Council could consider $42 million baseball bond referendum

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

It’s unclear yet how much of the proposed $42 million the city taxpayers would be on the hook for

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FDA approves first new weight loss pill in decade

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration has approved Arena Pharmaceutical’s anti-obesity pill Belviq, the first new prescription drug for long-term weight loss to enter the US market in more than a decade.

The agency cleared the pill for adults who are obese or are overweight with at least one medical complication, such as diabetes or high cholesterol.

The Food and Drug Administration denied approval for Arena’s drug in 2010 after scientists raised concerns about tumors that developed in animals studied with the drug. The San Diego company resubmitted the drug with additional data earlier this year, and the FDA said there was little risk of tumors in humans.

With US obesity rates nearing 35 percent of the adult population, many doctors have called on the FDA to approve new weight loss treatments.

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

6/27/2012 1:17:15 PM (GMT -4:00)

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NC lawmakers make pitch for Perdue to sign budget

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The leaders of the North Carolina Legislature want Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue to sign their state budget adjustment plan into law soon so school districts, local governments and businesses have more certainty about planning for the coming year.

Republican Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis told reporters Wednesday they’re willing to work with Perdue but disagreed with her request that they set aside another $100 million, with most going to the public schools.

They don’t like the idea of taking money from a rainy day reserve earmarked for Medicaid.

Perdue has until Sunday night to sign the $20 billion bill into law, veto it or let it become law without her signature. The new fiscal year also begins Sunday, but a two-year budget is already in place.

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

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