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Archive for June, 2012

NC sea level calculation bill hits snag in House

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A bill to regulate how North Carolina accounts for climate change along the coast could be dead for this session.

House members voted Tuesday against the Senate’s plan which would reject a state-appointed science panel’s warning of rising sea levels.

The bill will go before a conference committee Thursday morning. Republican Rep. Frank Iler of Brunswick says members will consider a moratorium to prevent the state from using scientists’ calculations of accelerating climate change while further studies are conducted. The committees’ suggestion could be up for a vote in the General Assembly as early as Thursday afternoon.

Opponents of the bill say the state should listen to the scientists, while supporters doubt the studies and say overregulation could harm coastal economies.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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New Hanover News & Notes – Navy League gift; science camp; chowder cook-off

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Two students from Wilmington have received full scholarships to attend Summer Science Sleuths at Duke.

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No money for eugenics victims in NC budget deal

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A group set up to help people sterilized against their will in North Carolina is halting its efforts to find more victims.

The N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation said Wednesday the group must end its work because its funding expires June 30. Legislators did not include any money in the state budget for the foundation or to compensate the victims of the decades-old sterilization program.

The foundation says it has now verified 161 victims, including 146 living victims.

The foundation also says the number of likely living victims is now estimated at between 1,350 to 1,800 people, instead of the previous 1,500 to 2,000 victims.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Not guilty plea in slaying of NC teen in Md.

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

BALTIMORE (AP) – A man has pleaded not guilty to killing a North Carolina teenager who was missing for months before her body was found in a Maryland river.

Michael Johnson entered the plea Wednesday to first-degree murder charges in the 2010 asphyxiation death of his ex-girlfriend’s half-sister, Phylicia Barnes. The 16-year-old from Monroe, N.C., disappeared while visiting Baltimore for the Christmas holidays and her body was found in the Susquehanna River months later.

Prosecutors say Johnson killed Barnes in her half-sister’s apartment, then used a 35-gallon tub to move the body.

Attorney Russell Neverdon says prosecutors are targeting Johnson because he was the last to see Barnes alive, but he has seen no evidence linking Johnson to Barnes’ killing.

A trial date was set for Aug. 13.

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

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Some on city council scoff at details in proposed baseball lease

Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Some council members balked when told of some of the lease’s details, such as the time frame and potential fines.

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