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Archive for December, 2013

Protests of NC Republican policies back in Raleigh

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The movement against policies approved by the Republican-led North Carolina legislature is returning to Raleigh to pressure Gov. Pat McCrory to convene a special session on Medicaid and unemployment benefits.

The state NAACP chapter and allied groups plan a Monday afternoon rally in another version of the protests that led to the arrest of hundreds of peaceful protesters during the spring and summer.

The groups want lawmakers to restore unemployment benefits reduced this year and to expand Medicaid to cover hundreds of thousands of additional people, as the federal health care overhaul allows.

The NAACP says it’s also going to court Monday to fight for its original choice for the protest on the old state Capitol grounds. The demonstration was instead scheduled for the mall behind the Legislative Building.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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HAPPENING NOW: Crews knock out Oak Island fire

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — An Oak Island fire is out, but crews are still on the scene monitoring it. The call came into dispatchers just after 5 a.m. Monday. Brunswick County Fire Marshall Scott Garner says the home is at 130 Caswell Beach Road is a total loss and the house next to it is partially damaged.

Garner said he doesn’t think the homes are occupied. WWAY is not getting any reports of injuries.

Crews from Oak Island, Yaupon Beach and Southport are working the scene now. Stay with WWAY for details.


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Fire destroys home in Oak Island

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

A home on Caswell Beach Road in Oak Island was destroyed Monday morning in a fire.

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Fight over NC possum drop event back in court

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s wildlife regulators and an animal protection group are headed toward new court hearings over the captured possum used to liven up a mountain town’s New Year’s Eve celebration.

Attorneys for the state Wildlife Resources Commission and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals are expected in court in Raleigh on Monday. The animal-welfare organization wants to block the annual Possum Drop in Brasstown in a little more than a week.

The state commission on Friday issued a permit allowing the organizer to capture the animal.

The General Assembly this year passed a law allowing licensed sportsmen to hold animals for display as long as they are returned to the wild when the event is over.

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Couple released squirrels after rehabilitation

Monday, December 23rd, 2013

A couple in Brunswick County is using their home to rehabilitate injured animals and released four squirrels back into the wild Saturday after nursing them back to health.

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