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Archive for February, 2013

McCrory talks up priorities in N.C. State of State address

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Public education, improving the state’s economy and making government more efficient will be the focus.

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McCrory talks up priorities in NC State of State

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Republican Gov. Pat McCrory says his new administration will focus on the economy, education and the efficiency of state government services.

McCrory made the comments Monday night during his first State of the State address to a joint session of the General Assembly in Raleigh.

The former Charlotte mayor also said North Carolina is no longer going to take federal money without knowing how to pay back. He was referring to the $2.5 billion the state owes the federal government for unemployment benefits. He said he would sign a bill Tuesday that would accelerate the debt repayment by raising taxes and cutting jobless benefits.

McCrory said he would seek legislation to allow school districts use more lottery revenues for technology and virtual learning.

State Senator Thom Goolsby responded to McCrory’s State of the State address, he said in a statement, “I’m excited to see a new governor ending the broken policies of his recent predecessors. His commitment to fixing government, improving education, tax reform and instilling a spirit of customer service is music to my ears. The members of the General Assembly will do all we can to help him succeed!”

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Jimmy Fletcher named AD at West Brunswick

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Fletcher replaces John Floyd who announced his retirement in January. Floyd's final day at West Brunswick is March 1.

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Fire on the Dock cooking competition returns to Wrightsville.

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Fire on the Dock is back for its second year. Billed as competition dining, patrons vote on courses served and the winner advances.

The venue this year for the popular cooking competition is Bluewater Grill on the intracoastal in Wrightsville Beach. Sixteen restaurants face off through April 3.

Culinary ring master Jimmy Crippen gets everyone in on the show. ”I think what makes this a popular event is that you are the judge. This is all interaction, it is interaction to its finest extent with dining, you get to be the judge.”

Monday night’s contestants were the Antoine Murray with Cape Fear Country Club facing off against Scott Grimm and Dockside.

Tuesday night it’s Wilmington’s Rx against Oceanic from Wrightsville Beach.

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Southern Democrats uneasy about key immigration vote

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Immigration reform faces tough hurdle in conservative states

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