Property tax increase a bitter but necessary pill – Rocky Mount Telegram

The city of Rocky Mount in 2009 hired eight police officers through a Community Oriented Policing Services grant. The $1.08 million grant was part of President Barack Obama’s stimulus package. It covered salaries and benefits for the new officers for three years under one condition – that the city retain the new hires and pick up the expense of their salaries and benefits after the first three years. (More)

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Police unit focuses on gang activity – Rocky Mount Telegram

Rocky Mount police Sgt. Michael H. Whitley estimated 66 percent of the city’s homicides in 2012 and 2011 are affiliated with suspected gang members.

“All of us in here know we’ve got a gang problem, so now we ask the question: what are we going to do about it,” Whitley said to the commanders of the department at the Executive Staff Symposium Thursday. (More)

The debate should be civil – Wilson Times

North Carolina lawmakers who supported putting Amendment One — the measure inserting a definition of marriage into the state Constitution — on the ballot did so hoping that the resulting vote would settle the issue once and for all. Instead it seems as though the state has kicked a hornets’ nest, with the argument still raging and with more poisonous vitriol than before.  (More)

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Princeville to file complaint against former attorney – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — PRINCEVILLE — The Board of Commissioners passed a resolution Tuesday night that will allow Town Attorney Chuck Watts to file a grievance with the N.C. State Bar Association against former town attorney Anthony Flanagan Tuesday night during its monthly board meeting. (More)

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Miracle drug, miracle healing, miracle Miranda Hale – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — GREENVILLE – Heart failure left 14-year-old Tarboro resident Miranda Hale facing the long-term effects of brain damage, but through the use of a special drug, she’s back at school. She even resumed one of her favorite activities — making scrapbooks. (More)

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Fifth suspect charged in Princeville murders – Daily Southerner

TARBORO — On Wednesday, Princeville Police charged an 18-year-old as the fifth suspect in the double homicide that occurred on Sunday, March 18.

Alex Rasheed Gibson of Greenville was charged with two counts of first-degree murder and robbery with a dangerous weapon. He was denied bond and was placed in the Edgecombe County Detention Center. (More)

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Appeals court: Denying federal benefits to same-sex couples is unconstitutional – msnbc

Updated at 2:30 p.m. ET: A federal appeals court has ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, a law that denies a host of federal benefits to same-sex married couples, is unconstitutional.

The 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Boston ruled Thursday that the act known as DoMA, which defines marriage as a union between a man and a woman, discriminates against gay couples. (More)

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Commissioners visit Raleigh to lobby lawamkers – Rocky Mount Telegram

RALEIGH – Nash County commissioners Fred Belfield and Mary Wells made their way through the Legislative Office Building on Wednesday to deliver flyers to state lawmakers and their staff.

The flyers included information about key legislative issues affecting counties in North Carolina. (More)

Edwards cleared of one charge; mistrial declared on other charges – WRAL

GREENSBORO, N.C. — Former presidential candidate John Edwards was found not guilty Thursday on one charge that he accepted illegal campaign contributions, and a federal judge declared a mistrial on five other charges when a jury deadlocked after nine days of deliberations. (More)

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Cities seek compromise on electric revenues – Rocky Mount Telegram

City leaders from Eastern North Carolina decided Wednesday morning to work with state legislators to change a proposed bill limiting how much electric bill payments can be spent on a city’s general expenditures. (More)

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