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Archive for July, 2014

NC sales tax limit for counties reviewed by Senate

Tuesday, July 22nd, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Senate Republicans have retooled a proposal limiting local sales taxes in North Carolina but could still stop two large counties from putting referenda on the ballot this fall.

The Senate Finance Committee considered Monday but didn’t vote on an updated measure that would allow counties to seek a new half-cent increase. It eliminates a requirement in the measure last week limiting new proceeds to education or public transportation, but not both. Now they could be shared 50-50.

The updated bill caps a county’s sales tax at 2.5 percent. There are exceptions for Durham and Orange counties, which already are at 2.75 percent.

The legislation would still block Mecklenburg County from holding a November referendum because it’s already at the maximum. Wake County commissioners are considering a ballot measure too.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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5 arrested on heroin charges

Monday, July 21st, 2014

A traffic checkpoint in Brunswick County resulted in the arrests of five men on heroin and other drug charges on Saturday

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Coast Guard brings in sick woman off NC coast

Monday, July 21st, 2014

ATLANTIC BEACH, NC (AP) — The Coast Guard has flown a woman ashore who became ill on a boat about 14 miles southwest of Atlantic Beach.

The Coast Guard in Wilmington reported the operator of the Poseydon Dive called for help shortly after noon Sunday, saying a 57-year-old woman was losing consciousness.

The Coast Guard station at Fort Macon in Atlantic Beach sent a boat to help. A second boat brought two emergency medical technicians from the Atlantic Beach Fire Department to assist with medical care.

She was brought to shore and taken to Carteret General Hospital in Morehead City. There was no word on her condition. Her name was not released.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Report: Higher seas mean extreme floods in NC, SC

Monday, July 21st, 2014

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) – Rising sea levels will mean extreme floods along the coast of the Carolinas in coming years with billions of dollars in property in danger according to new reports from a nonprofit group of scientists.

Climate Central of Princeton, New Jersey, released an analysis of the danger faced in South Carolina on Monday. A report for North Carolina was released last week with an analysis for Georgia due next week.

The report found that in South Carolina, the coast is likely to see extreme floods of more than four feet above high tide within 40 years. The danger zone includes 54,000 homes and $24 billion in property.

North Carolina has more 2,000 square miles of land and $9 billion in property less than four feet above the high tide line.

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

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Columbus commissioners examine vehicle policy

Monday, July 21st, 2014

Columbus County commissioners decided to keep their government's vehicle policy largely unchanged after holding a workshop on the issue Monday.

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