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Archive for May, 2014

Opponents rally against NC fracking bill

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Opponents are rallying against a bill to allow fracking next year, even as the North Carolina House prepares to vote on the idea.

About 50 people and a half dozen representatives criticized the Republican-backed bill Thursday that would allow fracking. Opponents said the bill moved through the legislature too fast, without enough public input. They said it will hurt the environment and could poison drinking water.

The House changes to the bill would give the Mining and Energy Commission final say over the decisions in the permitting process, with the power to pre-empt any local ordinances banning fracking.

Sen. Bob Rucho is a sponsor of the original bill. Rucho says he liked the changes the House made and expects his chamber to agree to them.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC man arrested for multiple sex crimes with a child in Brunswick County

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

Brunswick County officials have a arrested a former Brunswick County resident and charged him with multiple sex crimes involving a child.

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Preserve at Oak Island building to come down

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

The Preserve at Oak Island’s owners plan to demolish the skeleton building

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STORMTRACK 3: Strong storms likely Thursday afternoon and evening

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A cold front drops southward over our area Thursday and will initiate another round of rain and storms, this time with better coverage. These storms will develop in a warm, moist environment. That means some of these storms could become severe.

The main severe threats include small hail and gusty winds in excess of 40 mph. Most of the activity is diurnally induced and should quiet down with the loss of daytime heating.

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Meteorologist Christina Anthony

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NC lawmakers give final OK to tax changes

Thursday, May 29th, 2014

GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina legislature has quickly moved a wide-ranging tax bill to Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk, one that sets a levy on electronic cigarettes and a hard expiration date for some municipal privilege taxes.

The House agreed Thursday to changes in the Senate finalized earlier in the day.

Rep. Julia Howard of Mocksville says swiftness was needed in part to clarify local taxes on temporary home rentals before the US Open golf championships in Pinehurst next month.

The final measure would eliminate local business privilege taxes on July 1, 2015. It could result in a $62 million loss for municipalities unless lawmakers work out in the months ahead a way to reinstate the tax in another form.

House Democrats complained Republicans were moving too quickly.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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