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Archive for November, 2012

Charges against NC lawmaker after wreck dropped

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) – Charges against state Rep. Larry Womble have been dropped in connection with a deadly car crash.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that prosecutor Steven M. Arbogast of the N.C. Attorney General’s Office filed dismissal papers Monday in Forsyth County District Court.

Arbogast said an investigation revealed information such that the state doesn’t believe it can prove the case beyond a reasonable doubt.

Womble faced a misdemeanor death by motor vehicle charge after the car he was driving last Dec. 2 crossed the center line of a street and collided head-on with a car driven by 54-year-old David Carmichael, who was killed. Police said Carmichael had a blood-alcohol content more than three times the legal limit.

Toxicology results showed Womble didn’t have alcohol in his system.

Womble didn’t seek re-election.

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Information from: Winston-Salem Journal, http://www.journalnow.com

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Bladen leaders vote to put up signs asking sex offenders to stay away

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

Commissioners in Bladen County will discuss adding a fine to the punishment for sex offenders who are caught visiting county parks.

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New Hanover News & Notes – Women in WWII; craft fair; toy run; fish fry

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

The role women in World War II is the second in a lecture series of the Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear.

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Groups want their Outer Banks bridge appeal heard

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Conservation groups have asked a North Carolina trial judge to require that a state panel listen to their challenge of a permit needed to build a replacement Outer Banks bridge.

An attorney for the National Wildlife Refuge Association and Defenders of Wildlife says the Coastal Resources Commission erred when it refused to hear their appeal of a permit to the state Department of Transportation. The bridge would run parallel to the existing span over Oregon Inlet that links Hatteras Island to points north such as Nags Head.

The lawyer for the groups wrote to Wake County court just before Thanksgiving saying the permit challenge was credible. The court appeal could take several months.

The groups already have opposed the DOT’s bridge plan in federal court. Construction could begin in 2013.

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

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Duke Energy taps Shuler as Washington lobbyist

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Retiring U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler is staying in Washington, but he will have a new job as a lobbyist for the country’s largest electric company.

Shuler said Monday he’ll work on federal issues for Charlotte-based Duke Energy immediately after completing his current term in the U.S. House next month. Duke Energy has 7 million customers in the Carolinas, Florida, Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana.

The Democrat decided not to run for a fourth term this year after Republican state lawmakers redrew his western North Carolina congressional district to add likely GOP voters.

The North Carolina native previously had a large real estate company in eastern Tennessee, where he played college football at the University of Tennessee. He also played quarterback for the NFL’s Oakland Raiders, New Orleans Saints and Washington Redskins.

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

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