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Archive for June, 2013

My Turn: Paula Deen’s history brings racism to the forefront

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

WECT's General Manager Gary McNair puts Paula Deen's admission of using a racial slur in years past into perspective with the bigger picture.

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NC House passes abortion education bill 68-42

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

CHRIS KARDISH
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A bill requiring North Carolina educators to teach that abortions put women at risk of later premature births has been approved by the House.

Lawmakers approved the bill Thursday mostly along party lines. The measure requires educators to teach students in grades seven and higher about a number of risk factors associated with later premature births, including abortion, inadequate prenatal care and smoking.

Republicans agreed to a Democratic amendment calling abortion and other dangers “risks” rather than “causes.” The two parties dispute the scientific basis for including abortion as a cause of later preterm birth, which can lead to development complications and death. Democrats call the bill an attempt to inject political ideology into school curriculum.

The bill already passed the Senate, which will have to approve the House’s changes.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Police chief, pastors ask gang members to “cease fire for 90 days”

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Police Chief Ralph Evangelous, clergy members and community supporters made a plea Thursday morning for gang members to cease fire for at least 90 days.

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NC auto dealers say they’ll keep fighting Tesla

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

CHRIS KARDISH
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina auto dealers say they’re moving ahead with a bill updating franchise laws without a provision that effectively bans the business model of electric car manufacturer Tesla.

But those dealers haven’t given up on a separate bill targeting the automaker that already passed the Senate.

Bob Glaser of the NC Automobile Dealers Association said Thursday that the group wants to advance non-controversial portions of the bill updating franchise dealer laws. But the provision preventing manufacturers from direct online or phone communication with customers is still alive in a separate bill that passed the Senate unanimously last month.

Tesla sells its award-winning electric cars directly to customers and has faced barriers in other states.

A House committee tacked on the franchise changes to an unrelated bill earlier this week.

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

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New Hanover preps for wave of worker retirement

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

About 400 full-time New Hanover County employees could hang it up and walk away soon

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