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Lawmakers suspend plastic bag ban in Outer Banks

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) -- North Carolina lawmakers have suspended a plastic bag ban for the Outer Banks to help a grocery store chain whose distribution center was destroyed by last weekend's deadly tornadoes.

The General Assembly sent to Gov. Beverly Perdue on Tuesday a bill that would put on hold the ban on the ubiquitous shopping bags along the strip of barrier islands. Rep. David Lewis of Harnett County said the bill is designed to help Food Lion after it lost its supply of paper bags from damage to its Dunn center.

Lewis said the bill is supported by Gov. Beverly Perdue.

The suspension would go until June 30, or when Perdue decides the supply chain has been restored.

Senate leader Phil Berger said the Legislature is willing to approve other storm-related legislation.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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