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Archive for February, 2013

Medical marijuana bill defeated by NC House panel

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A bill that would legalize medical marijuana possession and use in North Carolina has been rejected by a legislative committee.

The House Rules Committee voted Wednesday to give an unusual “unfavorable report” to the measure after brief debate and public comment. The decision means this bill and the issue are likely dead at the General Assembly through 2014.

The bill would have provided immunity from state prosecution for patients with debilitating conditions and caregivers for having the drug. Certain medical marijuana sales would have been taxed.

Catherine Lyles of Raleigh is a brain tumor survivor who spoke to the committee. She said later that using marijuana had relieved her nausea from other drugs she had received to fight her illness.

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StarNews: Goolsby files bill to combat sex trafficking in N.C.

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

By: Kevin Maurer

A bill filed in the state Senate Wednesday by a local senator would require those convicted of human trafficking, or pimps, to register as sex offenders.

Sen. Thom Goolsby, R-New Hanover, filed his Sex Trafficking/Sex Offender Registration act Wednesday. It is the second of several bills Goolsby filed this week as he starts to work on his legislative agenda.

North Carolina ranks among the eight worst states for sex trafficking, according to a state coalition. The problem many attribute to the prevalence of major interstates, ports, military bases and a transient workforce, Goolsby said.

"It has just finally come on the radar," Goolsby said. "We have to get North Carolina out of that top 10.

The bill comes weeks after former Ashley High School student Alexandrea Berte, 20, pleaded guilty to a federal criminal charge in connection with her involvement in an interstate sex-trafficking scheme that set up makeshift brothels in Wilmington and Winston-Salem. The charge carries a maximum of 10 years imprisonment and a $250,000 fine, according to court documents.

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Leaders push for Pender rails, trails could lose $72K grant

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Leaders in Pender County are looking to see if it is possible to build a working railroad track on land in front of the Commerce Park along Highway 421.  The track would go where a new trail in Pender County was originally slated to go.

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Allegations of sexual assault of mentally ill woman at assisted living facility

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

Police are investigating allegations of a sexual assault that reportedly took place at an assisted living facility.

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Southport Alderman discuss open City Manager position

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) – The Southport Board of Alderman held a special session Wednesday night to discuss potential replacements for City manager Pat Thomas and it appears they have already swung and missed on one candidate.

When Southport City Manager Pat Thomas announced last Friday that he would resign from his position it caught many within the city government by surprise.

“We really regret that Mr. Thomas has elected to resign because he is a great city manager,” said Robert Howard, the mayor of Southport. “We are very proud that he chose Southport, and we chose him, and we’re going to miss him.”

The Board of Alderman thought they had a ready-made replacement for Thomas in City Clerk Regina Alexander due to her past experience as interim city manager of Southport. “With unanimous consent we offered the position to City Clerk Regina Alexander and she felt like we needed to consider someone else but she will be with us leading us hand to hand,” said Howard.

In his letter of resignation Thomas stated, “I have found the framework and process of municipal government in Southport to be significantly different than anticipated in a council-manager jurisdiction. This has made it difficult for me to realize the degree of satisfaction and accomplishment from my work that I desire, based on my professional background and abilities.”

Still Mayor Robert Howard says that to keep the city’s initiatives moving forward the next City Manager needs to have similar qualities to Thomas.

“We’ve had good success over time for the most part with our city managers and we could say that Mr. Thomas met all of those criteria,” said Howard. “

The City of Southport will be posting the city managers job in the coming days.

We tried to speak with Pat Thomas at the meeting but he declined an interview.

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