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Archive for January, 2013

NC justices side with lawmakers on map disclosures

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina state Supreme Court has sided with legislative leaders who withheld certain information received from state-funded private attorneys about redistricting maps in 2011, ruling that those documents can be confidential.

Most of the justices agreed Friday with lawmakers and their lawyers who argued that their correspondence leading to final approval of the maps falls under attorney-client privilege and did not have to be given to people suing over the election districts.

Those challenging the maps cited state law that documents exchanged privately between legislative mapmakers and lawmakers once the maps are approved are no longer confidential.

Justice Barbara Jackson wrote that the Legislature did not expressly waive the attorney-client privilege.

The case now returns to a three-judge panel that is deciding whether the maps are legal.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Teen arrested in Surf City surf shop break-in

Friday, January 25th, 2013

SURF CITY, NC (WWAY) — A Hampstead teen has been charged with breaking into a Surf City business through its roof earlier this month.

Matthew Grant Eyster, 19, is charged with breaking and entering, larceny after breaking and entering, injury to personal property, possession with intent to sell and deliver marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Police have been looking for the person who dropped 30 feet from an air conditioning vent at Tsunami Surf Shop January 9 and stole $700 worth of merchandise.

Eyster is out of jail under a $16,000 secured bond. He’s due in court Tuesday.

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Local lawmakers highlight priorities for upcoming session

Friday, January 25th, 2013

Changes to election rules, regulatory reform and sex trafficking are all on the top of the agenda for local lawmakers.

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Duke commemorates 50th anniversary of integration

Friday, January 25th, 2013

DURHAM, NC (AP) — Duke University is embarking upon a nine-month commemoration of the school’s 50th anniversary of integration with a reception that includes the three surviving members of Duke’s first five black students.

The reception, which includes the three students and Duke President Richard Brodhead, will be held Friday at the Nasher Museum of Art on campus. Those three students – Wilhelmina Reuben-Cooke, Gene Kendall and Nathaniel White Jr. – came to Duke in 1963.

The other two students were Mary Mitchell Harris and Cassandra Smith Rush.

Other events planned include a Durham/Duke event focused on civil rights and an academic symposium led by faculty from the African and African-American Studies Department. There’s also a two-day music festival and a closing ceremony during Founders’ Day weekend in the fall.

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NC lawmaker wants benefit changes to start in July

Friday, January 25th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina state legislator steering an unemployment insurance overhaul bill says the proposal would take effect in July, even though federal emergency jobless benefits for tens of thousands of people could be curtailed in the process.

Republican Rep. Julia Howard said Thursday legislation considered next week in the House Finance Committee would reduce maximum state unemployment benefit levels starting this summer.

The starting date is important because the federal law averting the fiscal cliff this month gave states federally-paid emergency benefits for another year so long as benefit rules weren’t changed.

Howard says delaying until next January would cost state businesses $400 million more to repay $2.5 billion they owe the federal government.

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