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Archive for June, 2012

NC has new rules for selling honey at 5 markets

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina agriculture officials hope to ensure that honey is labeled correctly with new rules for selling the product at five farmers markets.

The Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services now has rules for selling honey labeled as sourwood or North Carolina. The rules apply to beekeepers and vendors at farmers markets in Asheville, Raleigh, Greensboro, Lumberton and Charlotte.

Vendors must keep records detailing information such as when and where the honey was produced and packaged.

Market managers will work with the N.C. State Beekeepers Association to investigate complaints.

The former president of the N.C. State Beekeepers Association told the Asheville Citizen-Times that sourwood honey can sell for about $12 to $15 a pound, compared to about $4 a pound for other types.

The rules went into effect June 1.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC lawmakers override community college bill veto

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The General Assembly has completed its override of Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto of a bill that gives all North Carolina community colleges the ability to refuse to participate in a low-interest federal student loan program.

The Senate voted 31-16 Monday evening to cancel Perdue’s veto of the measure, which changes a previous law requiring all 58 campuses to participate in the Ford Federal Direct Loan Program. The margin is above the three-fifths majority necessary for an override. The House voted to override late last week. The bill now becomes law.

Community college presidents have sought the chance to opt out of the program for fear high default rates could jeopardize access to all federal financial aid. Bill opponents say students need the loans to find new careers.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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McCrory endorsed by NC Troopers Association

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A group representing the interests of Highway Patrol employees has endorsed Republican Pat McCrory for North Carolina governor this fall.

McCrory’s campaign said the North Carolina Troopers Association endorsed the former Charlotte mayor over the weekend during his appearance at the group’s family-focused picnic at Tweetsie Railroad in Blowing Rock.

Association president Ron Crawford is quoted in a McCrory campaign release that McCrory’s experience as mayor and involvement with law enforcement issues makes him the right choice for the job.

Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and Libertarian Barbara Howe also are running in November.

The North Carolina Association of Educators endorsed Dalton last week.

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

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NC House adds private tuition break to Senate bill

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The House has changed the Senate’s public school overhaul bill to offer tax breaks to businesses that give money to nonprofits, which in turn dole out scholarships to North Carolina children to attend private schools.

The House Education Committee debated but didn’t vote Monday on a Senate measure promoted by Republican Senate leader Phil Berger. The Senate version focuses largely on beefing up reading programs in early grades, ending job-protecting tenure for veteran teachers and requiring local districts to create merit pay plans.

The House plan replaces the merit pay with bonuses for teachers that help students perform well on Advanced Placements tests. It also adds the tax credits for scholarships.

It’s unclear when the committee will consider the bill next.

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

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Long-distance commuters find relief in this Wave pool

Tuesday, June 19th, 2012

Drivers share burden using van provided by transit system

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