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Archive for May, 2014

Experimental gardening uses landfill materials in effort to treat runoff

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

If the experiment is successful, the landfill would be able to recycle all of the treated leachate back onto the property.

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Former state lawmaker Thomas Wright to leave prison

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

By Julian March
Julian.March@StarNewsOnline.com

During Thomas Wright’s 15 years as a state legislator, his name was affixed to the member board mounted in the House chamber. Now, his name is scrawled on a board that keeps track of inmates at New Hanover County’s state prison.

Though he once walked among the most powerful politicians in the state, he has spent the past six years among convicts.

The Wilmington Democrat’s fall from grace was cemented in 2008, when he became the first sitting legislator to be expelled from the General Assembly since 1880.

After he was found guilty of fraud and obstruction of justice, he was sentenced to prison and removed from the voter rolls.

But soon, his name will be wiped clean from the list of inmates. Wright is scheduled to be released Monday – Memorial Day – ending the prison time for his four felony convictions.

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N.C. bill targets pension spikes for some high-paid state, local employees

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

The bill affects only those whose average pay in their four highest-paid consecutive years of employment is $100,000 or more.

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NC House bill would require registration, insurance for mopeds

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Though police say the driver of the car was at fault in a crash that killed a moped driver Wednesday night in Wilmington, the incident has brought the question of moped safety once again front and center.

It’s a question on the minds of lawmakers as well. In the North Carolina House of Representatives, a bill introduced this week would require mopeds be registered and carry liability insurance.

Pender County Republican Chris Millis is a sponsor. He says it’s just as much a public safety issue as it is an economic issue.

“The bill is most certainly a common sense piece of legislation,” Millis said. “Constituents have most certainly made it heard that this is something that needs to be treated in the same manner as a motorcycle on the road.”

A similar bill was introduced last year but not pursued. Millis says he feels confident the bill will pass this year.

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Here Now – Director says anti-youth-violence group is ‘full-speed ahead’

Friday, May 23rd, 2014

The Blue Ribbon Commission has been making news on a number of fronts since Jana Jones Halls was hired last July.

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