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Archive for June, 2012

Senate approves fracking bill, sent to governor

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Legislation to legalize fracking in North Carolina is now in the hands of Governor Bev Perdue.

The Senate passed the bill to legalize and develop regulations for hydraulic fracturing in a 29-15 vote Thursday.

The fracking process involves injecting a drilled well with chemicals, water and sand to crack shale rock and release natural gas.

One senator on each side spoke on the bill that has received almost no debate by legislators outside of the House.

Various environmental groups have taken a stance against the hydraulic fracturing. A spokesman for the governor says Perdue has received thousands of emails and phone calls overwhelmingly against fracking.

She has previously expressed tempered support for fracking. She has 10 days to consider a veto.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Loss of surf tourney wipes out big bucks for Wrightsville Beach

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Wrightsville beach’s biggest surf competition will not happen this summer. The Reef Sweetwater Pro-Am was the second biggest surf competition on the entire east coast. Now the event that packs local hotels and stores each July is gone.

Town officials say without it there could be a negative economic impact.

“We have a lot of people that come down just for the day, and then we have many that come in and fill our hotel rooms up, eat in restaurants,” Wrightsville Beach Mayor David Cignotti said. “Economically it’s a big loss for us.”

The event, which has become a huge attraction in its seven years at Wrightsville Beach, won’t hit the beach this summer, because the organizers are moving companies.

Tony Butler says he is leaving Sweetwater Surf Shop at the end of the month, and his partner at the beachwear company Reef is also leaving.

“With Brad (Beach) leaving Reef, and that kind of looming in the air, we knew we were behind the 8 ball, and it was just better to pull back and not do the event this year instead of doing it, kind of, not 100 percent,” Butler said.

The event attracted thousands of fans and hundreds of surfers from all around the world.

Butler says the competition probably is not gone for good. All it needs is a sponsor change.

“It should be at the same level if we do it again next year, if not better,” Butler said. “We’re excited about the new change, but just to do it at such a short notice this year with the change wouldn’t have been feasible.”

World-renown surfer Rob Machado won last year’s event, taking the majority share of the $20,000 prize purse.

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Car hits Dawson St. house, driver flees scene

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

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NC budget deal receives final legislative OK

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Legislature has agreed to a state government spending plan for next year that’s now heading to Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s desk.

The Republican-led House and Senate voted separately Thursday in favor of a compromise $20 billion budget for the year starting July 1. Perdue will have 10 days to decide whether to veto the measure or let it become law. She vetoed a two-year budget last year, but the veto was overridden.

Republican lawmakers said the plan would give more money to public schools, but most of the required public school reductions from the past three years remain in place. Democrats said public education is taking another step backward in the bill.

State employees and teachers are getting pay raises for the first time since 2008.

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

6/21/2012 1:22:33 PM (GMT -4:00)

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Five facing charges for murder of delivery driver

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

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