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Archive for May, 2013

Local gay rights advocates applaud Boy Scouts’ decision

Friday, May 24th, 2013

Former boy scout who was not openly gay during his troop days says Boy Scouts made the right decision.

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Residents resigned to Walmart plan, road changes

Friday, May 24th, 2013

An open house detailing proposed construction of a store on Market Street drew fewer than 20 residents

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Get inside St. James this weekend

Friday, May 24th, 2013

More than 30 new homes will be open to tour at the community along N.C. 211 north of Southport.

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NC mom has son jailed for stealing toaster pastry

Friday, May 24th, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A Charlotte woman who apparently had her fill of her son’s behavior issues has decided to let local police deal with him.

Charlotte-Mecklenburg police said officers were called to a home in the city’s Steele Creek area. The mother told the officers that the boy “stole Pop Tarts belonging to his mother at their home.” The police report said the woman had been having ongoing discipline issues with her son and decided to teach him a lesson.

Officers said the boy will be charged in juvenile court with misdemeanor larceny. He was arrested Monday.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC planning group approves toll lanes for I-77

Friday, May 24th, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A two-county planning group has given unanimous approval to build toll lanes on a portion of Interstate 77 despite protests from critics.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/122gD2v ) Mecklenburg-Union Metropolitan Planning Organization voted Wednesday to amend its transportation plans to include the $550 million project. The toll lanes would be built on the interstate from Charlotte to Mooresville.

A leading Republican lawmaker and a senior transportation department official said Thursday that work on the new toll lanes could start next year. Jim Trogdon, the N.C. Department of Transportation’s chief operating officer, said officials hope to open bids in August with construction starting in 2014.

Rep. Bill Brawley of Matthews, who co-chairs the House Transportation Committee, said lawmakers have come to see toll lanes as “the least bad answer” to I-77 congestion.

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Information from: The Charlotte Observer, http://www.charlotteobserver.com

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