Under a newly passed House bill, North Carolinians will see a price hike in movie tickets, live performances and museum admission. The “Tax Simplification and Reduction Act” cuts personal and corporate taxes and imposes a uniform tax rate, as well as a 4.75% privilege tax on many leisure pursuits--including non-profit events. And local representatives say they were given inadequate time to consider the bill before voting on it.
Cape Fear-area customers of Dish satellite TV service are without two local stations because of a dispute between the satellite network and Raycom Media. As of this morning, Raycom has blocked access to its NBC affiliated channel, WECT TV6, and its FOX Channel, WFSX Fox 26, due to a price dispute with Dish. But local TV stations do not foresee drastic changes in viewership to result from the block.
New Hanover County is seeking public feedback on new strategies that will affect recycling operations, landfill space and other aspects of countywide waste management. At an open meeting Tuesday night, half a dozen locals expressed mounting concern over the lifespan of the county landfill.
Although the North Carolina General Assembly has adjourned, the grassroots group, Women Organizing for Wilmington, or WOW, will maintain its weekly schedule of protesting against local legislators’ support of recent bills that would tighten restrictions on abortion. Despite passage of the controversial legislation in state House and Senate, local demonstrators say they’ll voice their discord until the next state elections.
"Shame on Goolsby! Shame on Goolsby! Shame on Goolsby!"
The Regulatory Reform Act – passed late last week by the North Carolina General Assembly – would alter requirements for coal ash ponds like the ones at Duke Energy’s Sutton Plant – just outside of Wilmington. If the Governor signs the bill, environmental advocates worry that Duke Energy will have more latitude on groundwater contamination.
Panelists included representatives from the federal prosecutors of the Eastern District of North Carolina, the North Carolina Department of Justice, the New Hanover County District Attorney's Office, the Rape Crisis Center at Coastal Horizons and UNCW.
Following the state Senate’s Wednesday passage of “Safe Harbor” legislation stipulating that minors involved in sex work be treated as victims rather than criminals, the Star-News hosted a panel on human trafficking. Federal prosecutors and other experts engaged 120 audience members at Cape Fear Community College on Thursday. Panelists issued a call to action to better detect and battle the problem, which they say is pervasive in the coastal region.
About 30 Wilmingtonians gathered yesterday before downtown’s historic courthouse to demonstrate against what they say is anti-abortion legislation. Protestors rallied in the shadow of a giant, traveling billboard featuring North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory. Those present challenged a statement the governor made last October stipulating he would not restrict access to abortion.