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Archive for August, 2012

UNCW grad behind scenes at Emmy Awards

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

If you’re watching an episode of the television shows "Burn Notice" or "White Collar" this fall, don’t call Kasey Milliken.

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Duke Energy customers to see dip in utility hikes

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Duke Energy customers in both Carolinas will see a temporary reprieve in utility rate hikes.

The Charlotte Observer reports Friday that the North Carolina Utilities Commission approved rate adjustments that will reduce the bill of a typical residential customer by about $2.50 a month starting Sept. 1. That will partly offset a $7 monthly increase implemented in February.

In South Carolina, Duke has proposed a decrease that would effectively wipe out a $6 monthly rate increase approved in January.

The changes don’t affect customers of Progress Energy Carolinas, now a Duke subsidiary.

The dip likely won’t last. Duke and Progress plan to seek general rate hikes in both states later this year.

Rates in both Carolinas are adjusted each year to reflect changing fuel costs.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Refugees from Burma make a new life in Wilmington

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

Of all the flights from Thailand to the United States, the last leg worried Eh Nay Say the most because once it landed there was no turning back.

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Federal officials allege $600 million Ponzi scheme

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Federal securities regulators have filed fraud charges and an emergency order to freeze the assets of a North Carolina company officials say operated a $600 million Ponzi scheme now on the verge of collapse.

The action by the Securities and Exchange Commission Friday is intended to help investors recoup money and avoid devastating losses.

Online marketer Paul Burks of Lexington, N.C., is accused of raising money from more than 1 million customers through ZeekRewards.com, a website in operation less than 2 years.

ZeekRewards customers were offered ways to earn money through the site, including buying unregistered investment contracts that promised a share the company’s profits through rewards points that could be traded for cash payouts.

Burks could not be reached for comment Friday and the website has been taken down.

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

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Sergeant sentenced to 3 months in prison, demotion

Saturday, August 18th, 2012

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – A platoon sergeant from Texas has been sentenced to three months in prison and a one-rank demotion in the hazing-related suicide of a 19-year-old soldier in Afghanistan last year.

The Fayetteville Observer reports Friday that 36-year-old Staff Sgt. Blaine Dugas Jr. of Port Arthur, Texas, was convicted of dereliction of duty. He was found not guilty of three other charges in connection with the death of Pvt. Danny Chen of New York.

Authorities say Chen shot himself in a guard tower last October after being hazed over his ethnicity.

A military judge found Dugas failed to ensure the well-being of his soldiers by monitoring corrective training.

Two other soldiers already have been tried in the case. The defendants were members of a unit based at Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

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

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