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Archive for July, 2012

Locally filmed thriller gets release date

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

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NC sets state record for film production spending

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

ALLEN REED
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina has set a record for in-state film production spending this year with five months left to go.

The North Carolina Film Office reported Wednesday that 35 films in 30 counties have accounted for $300 million in spending this year. The previous record of a little more than $220 million was set last year.

A news release from Gov. Bev Perdue’s office estimates the films have created more than 15,000 jobs and 3,300 crew positions.

A spokesman for the film office said the movie companies self-report the estimates.

Movies that have filmed in the state this year include “Iron Man 3,””Safe Haven,””We’re the Millers,””Jessabelle” and “Writers.”

The governor’s office credits the upswing to 2010 legislation that provided productions with a 25 percent refundable tax credit.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC’s Planned Parenthood gets federal funding

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

DURHAM, NC (AP) — North Carolina lawmakers refused to provide funding to Planned Parenthood, but the women’s health organization has obtained a federal grant worth three times as much as the state refused to provide.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that lawmakers cut $125,000 for Planned Parenthood, a move that could have forced the closure of its clinic in Durham. The clinic does not provide abortions, but does provide contraceptives, pap smears and breast exams and also tests for diabetes, high cholesterol and sexually transmitted diseases.

The organization is getting $426,000 in federal funding. Emily Adams with Planned Parenthood says the clinic will be able to increase the number of patients it sees from about 500 to about 2,000 annually.

Republican lawmakers had said women could go to county health departments.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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County, beach towns talk smoking and bag bans

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

County and Pleasure Island officials met Wednesday

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NC ranks 34th in overall wellbeing of its children

Wednesday, July 25th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A new study ranks North Carolina s 34th in the nation in terms of the overall wellbeing of its children.

The Kids Count survey released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation finds that one in four North Carolina children lives in poverty. The percent of North Carolina children living in families where no parent has full-time, year round employment jumped to 35 percent in 2010

But North Carolina ranked among the top 20 states in two education-related indicators: fourth-grade reading proficiency and eighth-grade proficiency in math.

Deborah Bryan, president and CEO of Action for Children North Carolina, says the state must work harder to keep its children from losing ground.

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

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