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Archive for March, 2013

NC Senate panel backs Goolsby’s execution rule changes

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — An effort by Senate Republicans that they say will kick-start the resumption of executions in North Carolina and get rid of the Racial Justice Act has been approved by a legislative committee.

The judiciary committee voted along party lines Tuesday to recommend to the Senate the measure that its sponsor, Sen. Thom Goolsby (R-New Hanover), says will ensure that justice is carried out on those convicted of heinous murders.

No one on North Carolina’s death row has been executed since 2006 because of various legal appeals.

The Racial Justice Act was approved in 2009 by Democrats and was designed to allow death row prisoners to receive life in prison if a judge finds racial bias played a role in their conviction or sentencing.

Republicans weakened severely the law last year.

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14-year-old arrested for home invasion

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Leland Police arrested a 14-year-old male in connection with a home invasion that happened on March 21.

The teen is charged with first degree burglary and taken to a juvenile detention facility.

Police say they are working with other leads in the case and more arrests are expected.

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NC panel OKs optional motorcycle helmet for adults

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — There’s enough support in a North Carolina House committee to limit the state’s motorcycle helmet requirement to just those people under age 21.

The House transportation panel agreed Tuesday to give adults the option to ride without a helmet if they have had a motorcycle license for a year, completed a safety course and have insurance covering $10,000 in medical benefits.

Violators would face a small fine.

Bill sponsor Rep. John Torbett of Gaston County says he’s a motorcyclist who considers helmets a freedom of choice issue. Torbett said data suggests that wearing helmets does not result in improved safety.

AAA Carolinas spokesman Tom Crosby disagrees. His group says the change will lead to more injuries and medical costs.

The bill now goes to another House committee.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Columbus County woman claims $200,000 lottery prize

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — April Solomon, a dry cleaner from Whiteville, claimed the $200,000 top prize she won playing Power 7s on Monday afternoon.

She scratched off her winning ticket at Hill’s Food Store on JK Powell Boulevard in Whiteville, where she made her lucky purchase.

“I was standing there, and I just froze,” Solomon said. “It was a shocker.”

After taxes were withheld, Solomon received a check for $136,001. As of Tuesday morning, two top prizes remain to be claimed in the Power 7s game.

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‘Iron Man 3’ pushes Paltrow into action

Tuesday, March 26th, 2013

After spending two films watching her co-stars fly into battle, it looks like Gwyneth Paltrow finally gets her moment in the spotlight.

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