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Archive for July, 2012

NetApp to expand in NC, create 460 jobs in 4 years

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC (AP) — Data management provider NetApp Inc. says it’s creating another 460 jobs in North Carolina for a new high-performance computer center and paying the new employees six-figure average salaries.

Gov. Bev Perdue announced Monday the California-based company’s decision to invest $75 million and expand within the Wake County portion of Research Triangle Park.

An economic panel agreed just before Perdue’s announcement to award incentives to NetApp that could give the company almost $12 million in tax breaks over 10 years if they meet investment and job creation goals. NetApp will have to retain the nearly 1,500 jobs it already has in North Carolina.

The new jobs are expected over four years and will pay on average more than $100,000, plus benefits. The Wake County average is less than half that amount.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Illegal immigrant admits raping child, getting her pregnant

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A 34-year-old illegal alien has pleaded guilty to the rape of an 11-year-old Leland girl.

This afternoon Luis Perez-Valencia admitted to raping the girl on two separate occassions back in 2011 and attempting to engage in intercourse another time that same year.

A DNA test proved that Perez-Valencia got the 11-year-old pregnant.

Judge Thomas Lock sentenced him to 16 to 20 years in prison. Perez-Valencia is required to complete sex offender treatment while in prison. He must also register as a sex offender and will be under GPS satellite monitoring for the rest of his life.

Perez-Valencia will be deported from the united states after he serves his time.

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Clinton lauds headway in battle against AIDS

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton says it’s possible to virtually eliminate HIV-infected births and the US is donating $80 million in new funding to help poor countries reach that goal.

Treating HIV-infected women so that they protect their babies is a key part of the Obama administration’s goal of an Aids-free generation.

Clinton told the International Aids Conference Monday that the new money will help get those life-saving drugs to women who now slip through the cracks.

Clinton also says the US is investing millions more to study what works best to protect the highest-risk population in hard hit countries- gay and bisexual men, sex workers and injecting drug users.

Her message: “If we’re going to beat AIDS, we can’t afford to avoid sensitive conversations.”

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

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Man pleads guilty in child rape case

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

A Brunswick County man was sentenced to prison for raping and impregnating an 11-year-old girl.

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Bail reduced for Supply woman charged with boyfriend’s murder

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

A judge agreed to lower her bail to $200,000 if Julie Ann English is eligible for electronic monitoring.

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