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Archive for June, 2012

Gov. Beverly Perdue to veto state budget

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Gov. Beverly Perdue on Friday will veto the $20.2 billion budget plan for 2012-2013.

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NC regulators clear hurdle to Duke-Progress merger

Friday, June 29th, 2012

AP Business Writer

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina utilities regulators have approved the merger of Duke Energy and Progress Energy, the last major hurdle to creating the largest American electric company.

North Carolina Utilities Commission Chairman Edward Finley Jr. said Friday the deal was the best possible in an environment of energy industry consolidation. Finley says it was preferable for the two North Carolina-based companies to combine rather than be bought up by a company elsewhere.

Conditions to the merger include the companies passing along at least $650 million in savings to customers.

The combined company will serve about 3 million customers in North Carolina and 4 million more in Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana, Florida and South Carolina.

South Carolina regulators still must approve the merged company’s plan for operating its combined generation system.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Museum gets grant for Bloodsuckers’ exhibit

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The exhibit is "Attack of the Bloodsuckers!"

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Man pleads guilty to indecent liberties with a minor

Friday, June 29th, 2012

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — A Leland man has pleaded guilty to three counts of indecent liberties with a minor.

Corey Allen Sullivan, 24, pleaded guilty this week in Brunswick County Superior Court for incidents that occurred with a 14 year old girl from Leland in July of 2009. Statements from the District Attorney’s Office during the plea indicated that Sullivan provided the victim with alcohol and then engaged in sexual acts with her.

The victim told police that there were three different days when she and Sullivan met and engaged in these sexual acts. Sullivan confessed to police when they initially questioned him.

Sullivan was sentenced to an active prison term of 12 – 15 months. That active sentence will be followed by two additional 12 – 15 month sentences, which will be suspended for three years of probation.

Sullivan will now be required to complete sex offender treatment while he is in prison and to register as a sex offender for the next 30 years.

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Perdue vetoing Republican budget adjustments

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) – North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue is vetoing the Republican budget bill for the second year in a row.

Perdue announced her decision Friday on the budget adjustments for the coming year that’s been on her desk since last week. The Democrat had until Sunday evening to veto the bill, sign it or let it become law without her signature.

Perdue has complained for weeks about the $20 billion-plus plans approved by the GOP-led Legislature, saying they didn’t invest enough in the public schools. She spent this week trying to persuade lawmakers to find an additional $100 million to fund key areas, but GOP leaders declined.

The Legislature will attempt to override her veto next week. Lawmakers got help from five House Democrats to cancel her budget veto last year.

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

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