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Archive for June, 2013

Boone officials say heater replaced without permit

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

BOONE, NC (AP) — A Boone inspector says a hotel pool heater that leaked carbon monoxide and killed a Washington state couple and later a South Carolina boy was installed without the knowledge of the town’s inspection department.

Todd Miller with the Boone Planning and Inspections Department says the Best Western Blue Ridge Plaza never told the city about the new heater. Miller says the hotel did not apply for a required permit for the change.

Officials say carbon monoxide poisoning killed 73-year-old Daryl Jenkins and 72-year-old Shirley Jenkins of Longview, Wash., on April 16. They were staying in a room directly over the pool’s maintenance room.

Eleven-year-old Jeffrey Lee Williams of Rock Hill, SC, died in the same room June 8.

An attorney for the hotel did not respond to a message.

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Jacksonville native selected as new NASA astronaut

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, NC (AP) — A Jacksonville woman has been selected by NASA to train as an astronaut.

NASA says 34-year-old Christina Hammock is one of eight candidates selected to train. Hammock has undergraduate and graduate degrees from North Carolina State.

The 2013 class was selected from more than 6,100 applicants, the largest number NASA has ever received.

The new group of astronauts will receive a technical training at space centers around the globe to prepare for missions to low-earth orbit, an asteroid, and Mars.

Hammock is currently assigned to National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s climate observatory in American Samoa.

She says she’s excited about the prospect of going into space, learning to fly a jet and learning to speak Russian.

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Photo Courtesy: NASA

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Fisherman drowns in Lake Norman

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

MOORESVILLE, NC (AP) — Iredell County emergency officials say a fisherman drowned and two friends were rescued after their boat began taking on water in Lake Norman.

The incident was reported around 10:30 p.m. Monday on the lake near Mooresville.

Officials say the three men were fishing about 100 yards offshore when water sloshed into their boat. The men jumped out and began swimming toward shore when the boat started sinking.

Officials say another boater rescued two of the men but the third went under the water. His body was recovered early Tuesday.

His name has not been released.

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NC Senate expected to take final tax overhaul vote

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina Senate is set to pass tax overhaul legislation that gradually repeals corporate taxes and lowers individual income rates.

The Senate is scheduled to vote Tuesday on a plan that tentatively passed last week mostly along party lines. The plan cuts taxes by billions but doesn’t include a major rewrite of the sales tax code, which led the author of a more comprehensive plan to resign his post as Senate finance co-chairman in protest.

The plan has been attacked from the right as not far-reaching enough and from the left as a major drain on state resources.

Senate lawmakers will likely have to meet with their House counterparts to reach a compromise on their separate tax plans.

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In fishing, sometimes less is more

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Commercial fishermen caught fewer fish last year than in 2011, but may have pocketed more money.

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