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Archive for August, 2014

NC justices uphold ruling leading to utility rates

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The state Supreme Court has upheld a decision by North Carolina electric power regulators that allowed a Duke Energy subsidiary to raise rates on residential customers of the former Progress Energy by 7.5 percent over two years.

The justices agreed Wednesday there was enough evidence to justify the state Utilities Commission’s decision last year on a specific profit margin. The increase affects former Progress Energy customers in much of eastern North Carolina and in Asheville.

Attorney General Roy Cooper had appealed the commission’s decision, saying it failed to consider in detail the economic impact on customers when determining return on equity.

Justice Barbara Jackson wrote Wednesday’s ruling, which had no dissenting opinions. She said the agreement with Duke Energy included several provisions serving customer interests.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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Video released of UNCW seahawk statue theft

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNCW Police have released security camera footage of the July theft of a seahawk statue on campus. They also announced that Crime Stoppers of the Cape Fear is offering a reward for information about the theft or for the return of the statue.

Police say the security camera footage shows three white males, believed to be between 18 and 22 years old, approaching and forcibly removing the bronze seahawk statue from in front of Warwick Center. The theft was discovered on the morning of Saturday, July 5.

The bronze Seahawk was mounted on a granite base and was broken off near the bird’s feet. The commissioned statue was valued at $70,000 in 2003.

Crime Stoppers is offering a reward commensurate with the quality of information received.

If you have information, call UNCW Police Department at (910) 962-2222. To submit a tip anonymously, go to the UNCW Police Department’s webpage or call Crime Stoppers at (800) 531-9845.


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Hunter fills Martin’s NC associate justice seat

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A Republican Court of Appeals judge will join the state Supreme Court two months before he’s scheduled to be on the ballot to run for the same seat on North Carolina’s highest court.

Gov. Pat McCrory appointed Judge Robert Hunter of Morehead City on Wednesday to become an associate Supreme Court justice and fill the remainder of Justice Mark Martin’s term starting September 6. McCrory picked Martin to become the next chief justice when Chief Justice Sarah Parker retires Aug. 31.

Both Martin and Hunter are seeking full eight-year terms at their new positions in November. Martin faces Brunswick County Superior Court Judge Ola Lewis. Hunter is running against Court of Appeals Judge Sam Ervin IV.

Hunter’s move creates a vacancy on the Court of Appeals.

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


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Michael Lee sworn in as state senator

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

During a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday afternoon, Wilmington attorney Michael Lee became a state senator until January, although he hopes the upcoming election will extend his tenure.

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FIRST ON 3: Former Northwest cop convicted of prostitution with teen

Wednesday, August 20th, 2014

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — A Brunswick County jury has convicted a former Northwest Police officer for two crimes.

Jurors found Michael Hayes guilty of participating in prostitution of a minor and filing a false police report.

We will have more details on WWAY NewsChannel 3 starting at 5 p.m.


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