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Archive for March, 2013

McCrory stresses reserves in 1st NC budget plan

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory’s first two-year budget proposal for North Caroilna state government is heavy on setting aside money for emergencies, building repairs and Medicaid and light on creating new programs.

McCrory on Wednesday unveiled his spending plan to take effect July 1 through mid-2015. It provides $400 million for the state’s rainy day fund, $300 million for state building renovations and $180 million to deal with potential Medicaid shortfalls.

The new Republican governor wants $2.7 million to rebrand and retool the state’s economic development strategy and $2 million to consider government reorganization. But he offered no big signature initiative.

McCrory says the proposal is about fixing recent cracks in the state’s fiscal foundation so that more money can be allocated later to education and other efforts that will create jobs.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Arson suspected in fire that destroyed WPD van

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Fire investigators believe arson is to blame for a fire that destroyed a Wilmington Police Department van over the weekend.

The Wilmington Fire Department responded to a fully-involved minivan fire around 4 a.m. Sunday at the New Hanover County Senior Center at Shipyard Blvd. and S. College Rd. The van belongs to the Wilmington Police Department and was used by the department’s narcotics unit.

Investigators believe the fire was intentionally set. A WFD report says flammable liquids were involved.

Wilmington Police are investigating.

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Video shows NC deputy in N. Charleston road rage incident

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

An apparent road rage incident involving a North Carolina deputy caught on tape by a Summerville man has gone viral.Chad Walton and an Onslow County Sheriff's Office deputy were driving east on Interstate

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Drug charge dismissed, Nelder returns to public service

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

A town leader who resigned after being arrested for drug possession is a back in public service.

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City Counci l- You can keep your fracking wastewater

Wednesday, March 20th, 2013

The council voted to oppose any changes to the state law prohibiting wastewater injection from fracking

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