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Archive for October, 2012

Democrats mount challenge for three school board seats

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

The Brunswick County Board of Education’s incumbents are looking to fend off their Democratic challengers on Nov. 6

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NC election boards asked for early voting help

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – State election officials are asking their county counterparts to find ways to ease long lines at North Carolina’s early voting stations.

State elections executive director Gary Bartlett sent a memo Tuesday to directors in all 100 counties urging them to consider changes that will make voting occur more efficiently and alleviate waits as long as two hours at some locations.

More than 600,000 people had voted statewide as of Monday and the total is likely to exceed 2 million before in-person early voting ends Nov. 3.

Bartlett’s memo said county boards should consider extending early voting times and adding weekend days. Such decisions would require unanimous approval by a local board.

Bartlett also said counties should consider redistributing voting booths and handing out sample ballots to people in line.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Officials: NC infant mortality rate edges higher

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Health officials say North Carolina’s infant mortality rate rose slightly in 2011, one year after the state registered its lowest rate ever.

Statistics released by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services on Monday showed the mortality rate reached 7.2 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2011, up from the record 7.0 in 2010.

Since 2008, the infant mortality rate has dropped 12.2 percent from a rate of 8.2 deaths per 1,000 live births.

Also, data collected by the State Center for Health Statistics showed deaths attributed to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome, or SIDS, fell to 50 in 2011. That’s down from 136 in 2008. DHHS said that represents a 60 percent reduction in SIDS rates and deaths since 1994, when DHHS began the Back to Sleep campaign.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Groups battle domestic violence at home and at work

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Domestic violence at home led to a shooting at a spa in Wisconsin and now local groups are picking up their game when it comes to educating our community on the problem.

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Possibly drugged? Mayor responds to YouTube video of him stumbling

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

A YouTube video is circulating around the internet showing a local mayor having trouble staying on his feet.

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