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Archive for July, 2013

Commission rejects proposal for NC trawlers

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

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NEW BERN, N.C. (AP) – Members of the N.C. Marine Fisheries Commission have rejected a petition from a man seeking to close the state’s sounds and rivers to trawlers.

The Sun Journal of New Bern reports (http://bit.ly/13lbgK6 ) a joint meeting of the Finfish, Habitat and Water Quality, Sea Turtle and Shellfish-Crustacean Advisory committees met in New Bern Tuesday to hear the request petition filed by Tim Hergenrader.

The four committees voted separately, and all voted to reject it with only one dissenting vote from within the shellfish committee and one abstention in the sea turtle committee.

A petition for rulemaking has been filed asking to adopt a rule that makes the state’s internal coastal water permanent secondary nursery areas.

About two dozen shrimp boats anchored near the meeting site to object to the petition.

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News & Notes – SAR honors local heroes; CFCC passes review

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Descendants of the Heroes of the American Revolution announced medals and certificates to honored guests at their July 4th ceremony.

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NC woman charged after wreck injures her, 3 kids

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Authorities have charged a Hendersonville woman after a wreck sent her and her three young children to a local hospital.

The Times-News of Hendersonville reports (http://bit.ly/1aVaiGb) the N.C. Highway Patrol said 23-year-old Christina Lee Duncan is charged with driving while impaired on drugs, reckless driving, misdemeanor child abuse, possession of marijuana and failing to have her kids in a child restraint system,

Duncan has denied being impaired and said her children were restrained when she was involved in the wreck on Sunday. In an interview with the newspaper, she said she swerved off a road, overcorrected and smashed into a tree, flipping the truck she and the children were in. Duncan was ejected and briefly passed out.

The investigating trooper said speed and impairment contributed to the accident.

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Information from: Times-News, http://www.blueridgenow.com

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Lt. Gov. Dan Forest addresses voter ID, abortion regulation

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC(WWAY) — Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest sits down with WWAY’s Cacky Catlett to address controversial topics including the passing of the voter ID bill to newly-adopted abortion regulations.

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Lt. Governor holds town hall meeting in Wilmington

Tuesday, July 30th, 2013

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest spent much of Tuesday in the Port City.

Dozens of people made their way to the New Hanover County Government Complex Tuesday for a Town Hall meeting hosted by Lieutenant Governor Dan Forest.

He talked about a number of state and federal issues including education.

“A town hall meeting is such a great opportunity to see if what you heard is correct,” said Carolyn Justice.

Justice is no stranger to politics. She spent 10 years serving as a Republican State Legislator from Pender County.

“Tell me what the facts are and not what I am just hearing other people say. I think it was an excellent opportunity to hear the real facts,” said Justice.

Sandy Younce also says politically active, usually against Republican policies.

He says he wanted to make sure he got his two cents in at Tuesday’s public forum as well.

“I thought I stumbled into a GOP meeting, because most of the people here are conservatives,” said Younce.

One of the major talking points at the meeting, and a very important issue to both Justice and Younce is public education.

“I was here for public education. I have been studying the budget and the process and what’s been happening to fund public education,” said Younce.

When it comes to funding for public education, the Lieutenant Governor says educators need to be more creative with the money they have. Justice agrees.

“They are spending more on education this year than last year. How is it that people can be saying that they’re not?” said Justice.

Even though Younce does not agree with much of what conservatives have to say, he says he is glad he had a chance to speak to some North Carolina politicians face-to-face.

“I think that they did a great job of answering, but they did not use many facts and they skirted the issue of information that is available for every citizen,” said Younce.

Other issues discussed during the Town Hall meeting included immigration reform and the Benghazi attack.

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