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Archive for July, 2013

Why sterilization victim wants money now

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Lawmakers in Raleigh will compensate victims of state-sponsored sterilization.

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Rep. Hamilton in line to take Carolina Beach town manager post

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

"There are no immediate plans for any change in my elected status."

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Newtown, Conn. police chief to visit Wilmington

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

The chief of police from Newtown, Connecticut will be in town Wednesday.

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NC lawmakers give state budget preliminary OK

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina legislators are taking their first votes on a proposed budget of nearly $21 billion to fund state operations for this year.

The state House and Senate gave the spending plan preliminary approval Tuesday. Final votes are set for Wednesday.

The budget offers no pay raises for state employees and teachers, but provides five additional vacation days. The plan offers $10 million to compensate victims of the state’s forced sterilization program. It cuts education spending from kindergarten to public universities by $480 million over two years.

Republican House leaders say the budget covers spiraling Medicaid costs, funds state employee health insurance and retirement obligations, cuts taxes by more than $500 million over two years, and sets aside another $600 million in case of surprises.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Judge orders halt to prayers at Rowan meetings

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

GREENSBORO, N.C. (AP) – A federal court judge has issued a preliminary injunction ordering the Rowan County commissioners to halt their practice of opening government meetings with a prayer specific to one group.

The ruling was issued Wednesday in U.S. Middle District Court in Greensboro.

The American Civil Liberties Union and ACLU of North Carolina Legal Foundation filed a lawsuit on behalf of three Rowan County residents demanding that the board of commissioners stop its practice of opening government meetings with prayers that were specific to one religion.

The organization accused the board of violating the First Amendment provision ordaining the separation of church and state by routinely praying to Jesus Christ to start its meetings.

In March, the commissioners opened their meeting with a prayer just one week after the ACLU filed its lawsuit.

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

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