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Archive for September, 2013

Northern Brunswick towns oppose change to sales tax distribution

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Towns in District 5 discussed the dip in sales tax revenues they will see if any change is implemented by county officials.

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Home Owners taking back their HOAs

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Hear4NC is energizing families who are part of Home Owners Associations to take control of their HOAs.

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Other new NC laws taking effect Oct. 1

Monday, September 30th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Other new laws taking effect Tuesday in North Carolina will:

– make clear the definition of “recreational facilities” where local governments can regulate the possession of concealed weapons. The definition includes athletic fields, swimming pools and gymnasium but doesn’t include playgrounds, greenways or bike paths.

– prohibit civil actions against North Carolina companies that manufacture, advertise or distribute food on claims their products led to long-term consumption of food or drinks led to excessive weight gain and health problems. The “Commonsense Consumption Act” also makes clear local governments can’t pass ordinances like one passed in New York City prohibiting the sale of large soft drinks.

– direct county social service offices to perform criminal background checks for Work First and food stamps applicants and recipients to ensure they are not parole violators or facing felony charges. The law was vetoed by Gov. Pat McCrory in large part due to another section related to drug testing for welfare applicants, but the legislature overrode the veto. McCrory has said he won’t carry out the drug testing directed to begin next summer until lawmakers fund the program adequately.

– expand criminal punishments for prostitution, solicitation of prostitution and human trafficking, while providing immunity from prosecution for minors suspected or charged with the crime.

– require carbon monoxide detectors in hotel and motel rooms where fossil-fuel heaters or fireplaces are installed in enclosed rooms or very close by. The law is a response to the deaths of three people related to the poisonous gas in the same Boone hotel room.

– set higher registration fees for state government lobbyists and the entities for which they lobby.

– raise penalties for a motorist who causes a motorcyclist to change lanes and get into a serious accident.

– requires that all prisoners in the state adult correction system be tested for HIV.

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

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Final 3 suspects caught in Gastonia kidnappings

Monday, September 30th, 2013

GASTONIA, N.C. (AP) – Police in Gastonia have captured the final three suspects wanted in a string of kidnappings and robberies.

The Gaston Gazette reports (http://bit.ly/GzyuTV) 37-year-old Adrian Taiwan Goode, 21-year-old Imani Marquell Lee Jordan and 25-year-old James Timothy Alexander were arrested last Saturday morning.

Along with 21-year-old Reginald Tyrone Rice, the men are jailed under bonds ranging from $1 million to $2 million for conspiracy, armed robbery and kidnapping.

In each case, the victims were forced to drive to ATMs, withdraw money from their bank accounts and give the suspects the cash. After the money was exchanged, the suspects walked away and left the victims with their cars.

One man was abducted from his home as he unloaded groceries, another from his apartment complex and two men were taken from their church.

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Information from: The Gaston Gazette, http://www.gastongazette.com

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

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City council to make decision on banning gang members from parks

Monday, September 30th, 2013

Wilmington City Council will consider an ordinance banning gang members from parks Tuesday.

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