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Archive for May, 2013

Two die in holiday Brunswick wrecks

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Two people were killed in accidents over the holiday weekend in Brunswick County.

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NC files 2nd lawsuit against Duke Energy

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The state of North Carolina has filed a second lawsuit against Duke Energy, saying that coal ash threatens Charlotte’s water supply.

The Charlotte Observer reported the Division of Water Quality last week changed its existing complain about ash stored at Duke Energy Progress Asheville plant. The addition added the Riverbend plant near Charlotte.

The state filed a separate lawsuit late last week regarding the Riverbend plant in Mecklenburg County Superior Court.

Both lawsuits complain about the risks from coal ash storage areas.

Duke has said the seepage from the storage area is normal and does not affect water quality in Mountain Island Lake. The utility says it complies with its discharge permit into the lake.

The lawsuit asks the court to require Duke to assess contamination at the site.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC bill pushed to restart executions heard again

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A legal procedure initially approved by North Carolina Democrats four years ago for condemned inmates who argue racial bias led to their death sentences is close to being repealed by Republicans at the General Assembly.

A House judiciary committee prepared more debate and a possible vote Wednesday on a measure that would eliminate the Racial Justice Act and make other changes to how the death penalty is carried out. The bill already has cleared the Senate. Supporters say it would restart executions – there hasn’t been an execution in North Carolina since 2006.

The Racial Justice Act allows a judge to reduce a death sentence to life in prison if race is found as a significant factor in a convicted murderer receiving the sentence. Four such reductions have already occurred.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Power restored after outage in Columbus County

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

More than 3,000 customers are without power right now in the Whiteville and Lake Waccamaw areas. 

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WEATHER: Mild and summery

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) Mild, summerish conditions will persist today as high pressure stays entrenched just to our east. This means southerly winds, increased humidity and warm afternoon high temperatures.

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