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Archive for September, 2012

First lady back in NC to speak at NC Central, ECU

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

DURHAM, NC (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama is returning to North Carolina to build support for her husband on college campuses and to encourage a techno-savvy method the Obama campaign is using to register voters.

Mrs. Obama was scheduled to speak Wednesday afternoon at North Carolina Central University in Durham, followed later by an address at East Carolina University in Greenville.

The Obama campaign says the first lady will speak in part about encouraging voter registration through a campaign web site called www.GottaVote.com. The site gives smartphone and tablet users the ability to write their signatures on voter registration forms.

The first lady has visited North Carolina several times going back to Barack Obama’s 2008 presidential campaign. She most recently came to Charlotte for the Democratic National Convention.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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WEATHER: Cloudy and cool

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Cloudy and cooler conditions are likely today as the cold front that brought the showers and thunderstorms on Tuesday hangs close to the North Carolina coastline.

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Justice Department says NC sheriff and deputies discriminate against Latinos

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A two-year investigation by the U.S. Department of Justice says a North Carolina sheriff and his deputies routinely discriminate against Latinos.

Alamance County Sheriff Terry Johnson has been a proponent of a federal program that allowed local law enforcement officials to check the immigration status of those they detain, potentially triggering deportation. The Department of Homeland Security announced this year it was discontinuing the program following widespread complaints of racial profiling.

The Justice Department determined that Johnson’s deputies violated the constitutional rights of U.S. citizens by illegally targeting, stopping and arresting Latinos without probable cause. The agency also says Johnson obstructed the federal investigation, with members of his department fearing retaliation if they cooperated.

A spokesman for Johnson said Tuesday he is still digesting the 11-page report, but will respond.

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

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City council votes to pass ballpark agreement with Braves, Mandalay

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council voted 6-1 Tuesday night to approve the agreement with the Atlanta Braves and Mandalay Baseball to build a baseball stadium in Wilmington.

Laura Padgett was the only council member to vote against the agreement. She said that if in November taxpayers approve the deal, she will do everything she can to make sure the ballpark gets built.

The city’s agreement calls for taxpayers to cover the construction costs of $31 million through a two and a half cent increase in property taxes.

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City council approves baseball agreement

Wednesday, September 19th, 2012

Deal dependent on Nov. 6 bond referendum

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