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Man sentenced six months probation in "mile high" case

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Remember the "mile high" case? Sentencing happened Wednesday. In May Carl Persing was found guilty of interfering with a flight attendant by intimidation. Full story...
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New legislation ups landfill fees

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Last week state lawmakers passed legislation that would make it tougher for new landfills to be built in North Carolina. Many people are happy about the environmental benefits of the measure that now awaits Gov. Easley's signature to become law. But those benefits could eventually cost you more money. Full story...
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Brunswick County may get new assistant DA

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Brunswick County may be getting a new assistant district attorney. The new State budget includes money for 30 new North Carolina assistant district attorneys. This according to Brunswick County District Attorney Rex Gore. Full story...
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Deadline looming for state budget approval

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The deadline is looming for state lawmakers to approve a final budget for next year. The $20 billion State budget proposal could bring about several changes. The temporary quarter cent sales tax increase will likely become permanent. Full story...
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Lawmakers reach tentative deals on spending, taxes, Medicaid

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House and Senate negotiators have reached tentative agreements on a two-year budget that would make a "temporary" sales tax increase permanent and let counties raise additional taxes for school construction and infrastructure. Full story...
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Lawmakers give last approval to ban new hog lagoons in N.C.

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The Legislature gave its final approval this afternoon to a bill that will outlaw almost all new hog lagoons in North Carolina. Only Governor Mike Easley's signature is left to turn the measure into law. Full story...
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Bill would tighten rules on new landfills

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videoA bill in the State Senate would tighten rules on new landfills. State senators are scrambling to approve a final version of bill 1492 before a landfill moratorium expires August 1. The moratorium has prevented new landfills from being built in the past year. The bill has been delayed because lawmakers cannot come to an agreement on exactly what to include in it. Full story...
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NC AG: MySpace finds 29,000 sex offenders on its Web site

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MySpace.com has found four times as many registered sex offenders on its social networking site than it cited two months ago. Full story...
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House committee forwards renewables-efficiency bill

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A House committee has approved a bill to require North Carolina utilities to serve their customers with a set amount of renewable fuel and energy efficiency. Full story...
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Four sentenced for conspiracy, armed bank robbery

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Four local people have been sentenced by a federal judge for conspiracy and armed bank robbery. Roman Graham, Michael Blackman, Lecresa Slappy and Diana Howard robbed a BB&T bank in Reigelwood in November of 2005. Full story...
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