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Archive for July, 2013

Forum discusses spotting, stopping human trafficking

Friday, July 26th, 2013

"(It’s) always better to get involved in the prevention end than it is to get involved in the intervention end,"

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Long Beach Road closed as crews contain house fire

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Fire crews are on the scene of a house fire in Brunswick County. Emergency Services Director Anthony Marzano said Long Beach Road in Southport is closed as crews contain the blaze near Southport Supply Road.

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NCGA finishes year with abortion, voting restrictions

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Final votes were expected early Friday.

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UPDATE: Long Beach Road house fire contained, road still closed

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Dispatchers said they got the call at 8:20 p.m. and no injuries have been reported

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NC lawmakers approve GOP-backed election changes

Friday, July 26th, 2013

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A Republican-backed measure making sweeping changes to how and when North Carolinians can vote is headed to the desk of Gov. Pat McCrory.

The bill approved late Thursday by the GOP-dominated state legislature requires voters to present photo ID and shortens early voting by a week.

The measure also ends same-day voter registration and eliminates a high school civics program that encourages students to register ahead of their 18th birthday. Disclosure requirements for campaign ads are weakened and political parties can rake in unlimited corporate donations.

Republicans claim the measures will prevent voter fraud and restore faith in elections. Nonpartisan voting rights groups, Democrats and Libertarians say the true goal is suppressing voter turnout.

The changes are expected to face court challenges in advance of the 2014 and 2016 elections.

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