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Archive for December, 2013

Unsolved murders in the region

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

The following is a list of unsolved homicides since 1979

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Judge: Firing of former ALE director was political

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — An administrative law judge says the administration of Republican Gov. Pat McCrory fired the former Alcohol Law Enforcement director because he’s a Democrat.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Judge Fred Morrison Jr. ordered Tuesday that former ALE Director John Ledford be reinstated as an ALE agent. The judge also said Ledford should get back pay to the date of his dismissal and be reimbursed $50,000 for attorneys’ fees.

At the end of 2012, before the McCrory administration took over, Ledford sought to be reassigned from ALE director to agent. Ledford was fired in April for “unacceptable personal conduct” because of the job transfer.

Democrat Bev Perdue served as governor before McCrory.

The state can appeal the ruling.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Getting the flu shot could save someone else’s life

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

In North Carolina, eight people have died from the flu. Dr. Kamitsuka is the hospital epidemiologist at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He is an expert on flu prevention and treatment.

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Charities get rush of donations as year comes to close

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today is the final day to make donations you can write off on your 2013 tax return.

Matthew Tidman with the Salvation Army says the holidays are a time for giving and sharing. He says there are lots of needy families in the Port City that may not have been blessed with a happy Christmas. But luckily he says New Year’s Eve is one of the charity’s busiest days to collect what these families really need.

“All of the stuff that we get is wonderful, because we use it to help people,” Tidman said. “The clothing that is given, the coats that are given, we give those out regularly to people that come in that need something to help them out, and without the help of the community, we couldn’t do that.”

Tidman says the donations they could really use right now are furniture and kitchen appliances.

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New NC laws in new year alter campaigns, taxes

Tuesday, December 31st, 2013

GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — More than 20 laws take effect in the new year in North Carolina.

Much of the tax overhaul law approved in the summer is implemented starting Wednesday. Income tax rates fall for individuals and corporations, while many deductions, exemptions and credits are going away. Standard deductions are growing. The sales tax base is also increasing slightly.

The photo identification requirement to vote approved in 2013 doesn’t begin until 2016 and could still be struck down in court. But people without qualifying IDs can obtain one for free through the Division of Motor Vehicles in the new year. Individuals and political committees will be able to give $5,000 per election to a campaign, up from $4,000.

Plug-in electric vehicle owners also will begin paying another $100 annually at registration time.

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

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