Monthly Archives: November 2018

Two environmental groups sue Duke Energy

Watchdogs accuse utility behemoth of ‘influence spending” DURHAM – NC WARN, a North Carolina climate justice watchdog, and Friends of the Earth, a leading environmental organization based in Washington, D.C. began legal action Wednesday to ban what the groups allege is pervasive influence spending by Duke Energy. The case has national ramifications for climate change, electricity rates and corporate control over government and civic leaders. The groups say Duke Energy uses more than $80 million annually in the Carolinas – originating from customers – to mislead the publi…

HABITUAL FELON RETURNED TO PRISON

NEW BERN – District Attorney Scott Thomas announced that, in Craven County Superior Court yesterday, TRAVIS BRYANT, 38, of Vanceboro, was convicted upon his guilty plea to firearm and theft charges, and was sentenced to a prison term of approximately 12 to 15 years. Senior Resident Superior Court Judge John Nobles presided over this term of court, and the cases were prosecuted in court by Assistant District Attorney Matt Wareham. The State’s evidence showed that the cases began when Lenoir County Sheriff’s Office investigators contacted the Craven County Sheriff’s Office on a r…

Explosion rocks Fairfield Harbour

A massive blast of undetermined origin was reported shortly after 12:30 Thursday afternoon. Emergency vehicles and fire trucks from multiple departments responded, Details, including word of any injuries, are not yet available. Fairfield Harbour, still reeling from devastation wrought by Hurricane Florence, is an upscale residential community off Broad Creek Road in Craven County. Over the past two months, a large number of construction and rehabilitation crews have been hard at work. Whether an accident or mistake related to construction work caused the explosion has not yet been…

New Bern Police Investigate Shooting

NEW BERN — On November 13, 2018 at 12:57 p.m. officers responded to a report of shots fired near the intersection of Blades Avenue and Cutler Street. Upon arrival, officers canvassed the area to locate suspect(s) and/or witnesses. At least one subject was transported to CarolinaEast with injuries. The investigation is ongoing at this time. If you have information about a crime or wanted persons, please contact our TIPS Line at (252) 636-5034 or Craven Cot1nty Cri1ne Stoppers at (252) 633-5141. For media inquiries and questions, please contact Lieutenant David Danie sat the New Be…

Attorney General urges large e-cigarette company not to target teens

By Lindsay Marchello | Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Josh Stein, the North Carolina Attorney General, has launched an investigation into Juul, a fast-growing e-cigarette company, but a consumer freedom expert warns the attempted crackdown could backfire. On Oct. 15, the attorney general’s office Oct. 15 sent to Juul a “civil investigative demand” in search of information on its marketing practices, retailers, contact with resellers, efforts to verify age before purchase, and any youth education or awareness programs. The company has until Nov. 14 to comply. “Th…

Voters opt for split decision — Democrats gain, but predicted ‘Blue Wave’ fizzles

By John Hood | News Analysis RALEIGH — If you expected the 2018 midterm1elections to settle all scores and clarify all unanswered political questions in the era of Donald Trump, you were just asking for disappointment — and that’s what voters gave you. In North Carolina and around the country, Democrats savored many sweet victories. They recruited good candidates, raised gobs of money, and deployed solid campaigns. Winning the U.S. House, netting some governorships and legislative chambers, and breaking the GOP supermajority in the North Carolina House were all impressive accom…

By: James B. Hunt, Jr. James G. Martin Michael F. Easley Beverly Eaves Perdue Patrick L. McCrory NORTH CAROLINA – The General Assembly has had its share of face-offs with the Courts. Repeatedly, judges have ruled unconstitutional any laws that would give executive power to the legislature — most recently blocking a legislative raid on the appointment power of the Governor. Unable to get their way by passing laws, they now seek to change the NC Constitution to let the General Assembly control all names put forward to fill vacancies in the courts, and take control over the state board that ov…

Carolina Colours volunteers get A+ for well-attended candidate forum

CAROLINA COLOURS – Tuesday night, this upscale community off Hwy 70 just east of New Bern did more than its fair share to bolster respectful political discourse in our area, particularly in the wake of Hurricane Florence that almost eliminated public venues this election season. In a typical election season, the three counties that comprise State Senate District 2 would see a half-dozen or more opportunities for candidates to appear together in a public setting. But not so this year, thanks mostly to a Category 1 storm that hit the region on Sept. 13. “This year has been very unusual,” s…
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