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Archive for October, 2012

Fire damages restaurant, owner says she’ll rebuild

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Investigators are trying to figure out what sparked a fire at a restaurant in Calabash. Officials say it started sometime around 10:30 p.m. Monday at Beck's Restaurant.

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Gay GOP group hesitantly backs Romney

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — A prominent gay Republican group is hesitantly backing Mitt Romney for president, calling it the right decision for the nation even as it slams his opposition to gay marriage and civil unions.

Log Cabin Republicans says it’s supporting Romney to put America and the economy first, but is only offering him a “qualified endorsement.” The group says it will focus its efforts instead on House and Senate candidates.

In its endorsement, Log Cabin Republicans says Romney might not be the candidate for voters who prioritize gay and lesbian issues. The group has long been critical of Romney and says it will continue challenging his support for a federal amendment banning gay marriage.

The group is also condemning aspects of the GOP platform that, quote, “work to exclude our families.”

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Election ahead, NC insurance head defers rate rise

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Two weeks before an election deciding whether he keeps his job, North Carolina’s insurance commissioner is telling companies they’ll have to prove they should get to increase premiums by an average of nearly 18 percent.

The move by Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin on Tuesday at least postpones the rate increase insurers had wanted to take effect on June 1. Goodwin says he’ll hold a hearing June 3.

The Democrat seeking re-election to a second four-year term says the proposed rates appear excessive.

The insurance companies are represented by the North Carolina Rate Bureau. The group’s director and attorneys did not respond to a request for comment.

The last homeowner’s insurance rate increase was in 2008, before Goodwin took office. Insurance companies sought nearly 20 percent statewide and got 4 percent.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Money talks in 7th District race

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

Rouzer and McIntyre put their own spin on latest donation statistics.

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One dead in wreck on River Road in Brunswick County

Tuesday, October 23rd, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — One person is dead after a collision on River Road (NC 133) south of Leland. Leland Fire Chief John Grimes says a woman died in the crash between a SUV and a box truck.

The name of the victim has not been released. A passenger in the SUV was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries, Highway Patrol said. The driver of the truck was shaken up.

Investigators say the woman who died was transporting a patient from one facility to another in Brunswick County. A witness who saw the accident told troopers she was present when the driver picked up her passenger. The witness told investigators the woman was sleeping as she waited for the passenger.

It happened in the curve just past Brunswick Cove Nursing Home heading toward Southport.

River Road is closed as crews work to clear the scene. Drivers should use NC 87 to get between Leland and Southport for the time being.

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