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Archive for July, 2013

NC lawmakers to vote on negotiated state budget

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

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

The state House and Senate have scheduled votes Tuesday on the budget that was negotiated from separate spending plans each chamber approved earlier. The budget is expected to pass after votes on both Tuesday and Wednesday.

The budget includes 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.

Gov. Pat McCrory is set to sign into law Tuesday a package of tax cuts worth $524 million over the next two years.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Lt. Gov. Forest to hold town hall meeting in Wilmington

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Lt. Gov. Dan Forest will hold a Town Hall Meeting next week in Wilmington.

The event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 30, at 6 p.m. at the New Hanover County Government Center.

Lt. Gov. Forest will give a brief overview of this session of the General Assembly and the projects he has been working on. His office say he will then take extensive Q & A from the audience to hear what is important to the people of Wilmington and the surrounding areas.

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FDA: Menthol cigarettes pose public health risk

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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MICHAEL FELBERBAUM
AP Tobacco Writer

RICHMOND, VA (AP) — A Food and Drug Administration review concludes that menthol cigarettes pose a greater public health risk than regular cigarettes.

The federal agency released the independent review on Tuesday. It is seeking input from the health community, the tobacco industry and others on possible restrictions on the minty smokes.

An advisory panel told the FDA in a 2011 report that removing menthol cigarettes from the market would benefit public health because the flavoring has led to an increase in smokers and makes quitting harder. The report, however, said menthol smokers are not likely to be at a higher risk of disease or exposed to a greater number of toxins.

The FDA’s review reiterates those findings but does not make a recommendation on whether to limit or ban menthol in cigarettes.

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

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Area educators upset over proposed state budget

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Some educators in the Wilmington area are upset with the impact the proposed state budget would have on public education.

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High-tech, health care part of growing employment trend in area

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

Even in a tough job market, Sam Bryant is confident he’ll have no problem finding employment.

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