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Some of the local appropriations in the $19 billion state budget approved this week by the N.C. General Assembly and signed into law by Gov. Beverly Perdue: • $150 million for replacement of the Interstate 85 bridge over the Yadkin River at the Davidson-Rowan county line • $2 million for the High Point Market • $218,957 for the High Point-based N.C. Shakespeare Festival • $1 million for the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and North Carolina A&T Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering • $1 million for the A&T State University College of Engineering Source: Offices of Reps. Maggie Jeffus, D-Guilford, and Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson
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TRIAD – Funding for the replacement of the Interstate 85 bridge over the Yadkin River and support services for the High Point Market highlight appropriations for area projects in a tight state budget signed into law by Gov. Beverly Perdue this week. The $19 billion state budget includes $150 million for replacement of the I-85 bridge that has served motorists since shortly after the interstate highway sys-
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tem was launched more than 50 years ago. The state has dedicated federal money to the project, but the budget appropriation ensures the completion of the new bridge, said Rep. Hugh Holliman, D-Davidson and House majority leader. Work on the replacement bridge is scheduled for completion in 2013. “The people of Davidson County have complained for many years about the safety of this bridge ...,” Holliman said Thursday.
The budget also includes about $2 million for transportation services and promotion of the furniture market. The market appropriations include $1.2 million for transportation services for marketgoers and $806,479 for marketing of the world’s largest home furnishings trade show, which also is the single-largest economic event in North Carolina this year. The funding for marketing and promotion of the trade show was
HOLIDAY CRACKDOWN: Authorities to be on the lookout for drunk drivers. 1B OBITUARIES
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Consultant suggests expanding existing jail BY DARRICK IGNASIAK ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
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Consultant Glen Ware recommends expansion of the Davidson County Jail in three phases at a cost of $118.5 million. to the existing courthouse and jail site. Architects also identified the projected phasing and sequencing timeline for implementation. Ware recommended the expansion be conducted in three phases, costing the county $118.5 million. The first phase, which could be completed in 65 months, would consist of acquiring
THOMASVILLE – Liberty Drive Elementary Principal Benjie Brown has been cleared of an assault and battery charge that stemmed from an alleged incident between him and another Thomasville City Schools employee earlier this year. Angela O’Neill, a deputy clerk with the Randolph County Clerk of Court’s office in Asheboro, said the charge was dropped Monday after a request from the prosecuting witness. Brown, a Thomasville resident, turned himself in to the Thomasville Police Department in January after an arrest warrant had been issued against him, alleging he had assaulted Kevin Luke Starrett of High Point by striking him with a closed fist several times in the head. Starrett, who filed the complaint on Jan. 2 with a Randolph County magistrate, is a physical education teacher at Thomasville Middle School. Brown and Starrett could not be reached by The High Point Enterprise Thursday. Keith Tobin, superintendent of Thomasville City Schools, said Brown and Starrett remain employed with the school system. Tobin previously said the alleged incident happened over the holiday break in Randolph County. “There was action taken by the board,” Tobin said. “It’s been several months ago. I can’t get into the personnel issue and what happened, but there was appropriate action taken and I’m very satisfied that the right thing was done.” Tobin wants the school system to put the incident behind it. “Mr. Brown has done a great job at Liberty Drive as the leader of the school,” he said. “They have a great climate. We have seen improvement in our test scores and things are heading in the right direction.’” “People make mistakes, but we move on,” Tobin added. “We learn from them and move on. That’s what I want to do is put this behind us and continue to do what’s right for our children here in Thomasville.”
DAVIDSON COUNTY – An expansion of the existing courthouse and jail site on W. Center Street in downtown Lexington could meet the projected needs of both facilities for the next 20 years, an architect told the Davidson County Board of Commissioners Thursday. Glenn Ware of Ware Bonsall Architects inc, presented commissioners with a master plan for the existing courthouse and jail site in downtown Lexington during the board’s informational meeting. The master plan, which cost the county $57,376, determined the feasibility of accommodating the projected needs of the court, sheriff’s office and jail along with required parking on or adjacent
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29 properties, renovating the former Lexcom building to vacate the court annex, clearing property, building a new courthouse jail support and 100-bed housing building, renovating and expanding the 1998 courthouse addition for the sheriff’s office and demolishing the jail and courthouse that was built in 1958. County Manager Robert
Hyatt said the tax value of the 29 properties, including the former Lexcom building, is $4.4 million. The second phase would consist of a new 180-bed jail housing addition, a new courthouse addition and a new parking deck. The third phase includes a new jail support addition, a new 180-bed jail housing addition, a new sheriff’s office addition, a new district attorney office addition, a new public defender office building and a new parking deck. The three phases would be completed over 20 years to meet the courthouse and jail and courthouse’s 20-year projected needs of 500,000 square feet. “I would encourage you to do things as soon as possible to try to mitigate what impact construction infla-
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Police ask for help to find missing man BY PAT KIMBROUGH ENTERPRISE STAFF WRITER
Flooded Charlotte street Travis Legette runs through a flooded street after his car stalled in the high water in Charlotte on Wednesday. Many area roadways were flooded after heavy rains swept across the area.
Leaders move government reform packages through legislature RALEIGH (AP) – Legislative leaders made progress Thursday moving ethics and government reform bills through the General Assembly, setting the stage for a quick compromise between the House and Senate on competing bills as the current session may adjourn by the end of next week. The House tentatively approved by 86-4 vote a wide-ranging measure that would limit state contractors to donating no more than $1,000 per year to the political campaign of someone seeking a Council of State office who would have authority to award the contract. It also requires board and commission members to disclose their detailed fundraising activities for the officials appointing them. A Senate judiciary committee also recommended its own reform bill earlier Thursday, but it scaled back some House provisions and
studied another. Both bills should be on the floor again early next week. The provisions, among about two dozen being altered or added in both bills, are designed to reduce the potential or perception of what supporters call “pay-to-play” politics, in which campaign donations are used to seek to influence government decisions and appointments by giving to candidates or elected officials. “We have no single answer to all of the problems,” said Rep. Rick Glazier, D-Cumberland, who is shepherding the House package, but “this is a very strong and good bill.” In both bills, people who give at least $10,000 in illegal campaign contributions in a single election would now be guilty of a felony. More state officials would be subject to ethics rules, and elected of-
ficials would have to file another financial disclosure statement once they leave office to shed light on potential conflicts of interest. More state employee personnel records also would be made available. The Senate bill got delayed last week after Republicans complained about a Democratic provision that would have expanded voluntary public financing to candidates for five additional members of the Council of State. The expansion was deleted, and the Senate bill approved Thursday received bipartisan support after at least two GOP amendments were added. The two sides likely will negotiate a compromise since legislative leaders and Gov. Beverly Perdue say it’s critical to get a package passed before the General Assembly adjourns.
HIGH POINT – High Point police once again asked for the public’s help Thursday in finding an elderly man who went missing last month. Austin Robert Robinson Jr., 63, was reported missing from the High Point Group Home at 2325 Brentwood St. on June 12, according to police. He was last seen on Putnam Street in High Point. Police said Robinson suffers from dementia and schizophrenia and has apparently not taken his medications since he went missing. “Mr. Robinson is still missing and detectives are very concerned about his whereabouts,” police said Thursday. “No foul play is suspected in this case, but his medical conditions have detectives and family members extremely concerned.” Robinson was reported missing by a rehabilitation technician at the group home, where he was last seen about 4:30 p.m. June 12, according to a police report.
He left the home on foot “but it is possible he got on a bus as he is known Robinson to travel by bus once a week,” the report stated. Police searched the area surrounding the home after he was reported missing but did not find him. Police said Thursday that Robinson has a fondness for horses and has been known in the past to visit places that have horses. Information about Robinson has been entered into a national law enforcement database – the National Crime Information Center, or NCIC – as a missing person, authorities said. Police also have issued a Silver Alert to publicize information about Robinson. Police ask anyone who may have seen Robinson to contact their nearest law enforcement agency or the High Point Police Department at 883-3224. email@example.com | 888-3531
Lawmakers approve placing amendment on ballot RALEIGH (AP) – A proposed constitutional amendment to prohibit felons from serving as sheriffs in North Carolina is going to the voters. The House gave final unanimous approval on Thursday to the referendum after an initial vote on Wednesday. The Senate overwhelmingly approved the measure last week. A constitutional proposal doesn’t go to the governor’s desk. A majority of voters
would have to vote for the amendment Nov. 2 for it to be embossed in the constitution. Proponents of the amendment gained momentum this year after six convicted felons ran for sheriff in the May 4 county primary elections. They all lost. Amendment supporters said sheriffs need to be above reproach. Federal attorneys also may have to sign off on the amendment to ensure it meets civil rights laws.
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a 5 percent cut from last year, reflecting acrossthe-board reductions during a tough fiscal year, said Rep. Maggie Jeffus, D-Guilford. “We concentrated on jobs and education as
two top priorities,” Jeffus said. The N.C. General Assembly vote on the budget generally fell along party lines, with Democrats favoring the plan and Republicans opposed.
tive. It spends too much and ignores long-term fiscal realities,” said Sen. Phil Berger, R-Rockingham and Senate minority leader.
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Police seek suspect dressed as leprechaun BOULDER, Colo. (AP) – Police responding to reports of a man leaping between cars in a Colorado supermarket parking lot didn’t need a detailed description of the suspect. Boulder Police Sgt. Fred Gerhardt says witnesses on Wednes-
day reported a man was dressed as a leprechaun and pretending to shoot at people with his fingers. Witnesses told police the man may have made obscene gestures. Gerhardt says they likely called police be-
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35 die in bomb blasts at Pakistan shrine geted them in attacks. The first suicide bomber detonated his explosives in a large underground room where visitors sleep and wash themselves before praying, said Khusro Pervez, the top government official in Lahore. Minutes later, a second bomber detonated his explosives in a large yard upstairs as people tried to flee the first attack, he said. Police are still investigating the source of a
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Newly appointed U.S. and NATO forces commander in Afghanistan U.S. Army General David Petraeus speaks at NATO headquarters in Brussels, Belgium, Thursday.
NATO ups attacks on Taliban leaders KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) – U.S. and Afghan troops seized a key Taliban figure after a four-hour gunbattle – part of a strategy that NATO officials said Thursday had eliminated more than 100 insurgent leaders in the past four months. The campaign to disrupt the Taliban’s midlevel command structure is moving into high gear just as a new Afghan government is poised to offer economic incentives to lure low-level foot soldiers off the battlefield – a twin approach to pressure
the Taliban’s top echelon into seeking peace. The campaign against the Taliban leadership – a strategy used successfully against both Sunni and Shiite insurgents in Iraq – is intensifying at a time of rising violence and growing concern in Washington and other allied capitals over the direction of the war. The 120,000member NATO-led force is awaiting the arrival of a new commander, Gen. David Petraeus, who has warned of hard fighting this summer.
Remnants of Alex drench Mexico, 2 dead MATAMOROS, Mexico (AP) – The sprawling remains of Hurricane Alex drenched much of northern Mexico on Thursday, paralyzing the major city of Monterrey. At least two people were killed when dry rivers roared to life and highways turned into rushing streams.
Hurricane Alex ripped off roofs, caused severe flooding and forced thousands of people to flee coastal fishing villages as it hit land Wednesday evening in the border state of Tamaulipas. Power and telephone service were down in several towns and cities.
Blair: Gaza to get construction material soon MADRID – Mideast envoy Tony Blair said Thursday he expects badly needed construction material to start flowing into the Gaza Strip in two to three weeks now that Israel has agreed to ease its blockade of the Hamas-ruled territory. The representative of the so-called Quartet of Mideast peacemakers said Israel is still finalizing its procedures for determining what will be allowed into Gaza and what will remain barred.
Top UN nuclear inspector Olli Heinonen resigns VIENNA – The International Atomic Energy Agency said Thursday that its senior and key nuclear inspector, Olli Heinonen, will be leaving his post at the end of August. Heinonen, a deputy director, has headed the U.N. nuclear watchdog’s all-important safeguards department, which is responsible, among other things, for making sure that nuclear material is not used for weapons.
17 Somalis die in military, militants’ crossfire MOGADISHU, Somalia – An artillery shell struck a building where families had sought shelter, killing 11 people, part of a day of violent battle in the Somali capital that saw a total of 17 people killed Thursday, an emergency official said. Five children and three women were killed in the blast, said Ali Muse, the head of Mogadishu’s ambulance service. The fighting between Somali troops and Islamist rebels killed six civilians earlier in the day, Muse said.
U.S. tourist shot, wounded in South Africa JOHANNESBURG – A 35-year-old American was shot and robbed while walking to his hotel but his life is not in danger, a police spokeswoman said. The victim, identified as David James Bueche, was assaulted by four men Thursday as he was looking for his accommodation in Johannesburg. ENTERPRISE NEWS SERVICE REPORTS
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LAHORE, Pakistan (AP) – At least two suicide bombers attacked a popular Muslim shrine in the Pakistan city of Lahore late Thursday night, killing 35 people and wounding 175 others, the city’s top official said. The attackers struck as thousands of people were visiting the Data Darabar shrine, where a famous Sufi saint is buried. Islamic extremists consider Sufis to be heretics and have often tar-
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Court affirmed gun rights we’ve had all along On Tuesday, I read Paul Johnson’s news story on the U.S. Supreme Court ruling in the McDonald case challenging a handgun ban that has been in effect in Chicago. In the third paragraph, Johnson errs. Johnson wrote, “The Supreme Court’s decision to enshrine the right to bear arms as a constitutionally protected right might lower the gun control issue as a campaign topic.” The Supreme Court did not “enshrine” the right to keep and bear arms. The Supreme Court affirmed that this right has existed from the adoption of the United States Constitution. Moreover, the right to keep and bear arms preceded the adoption
The right to keep and bear arms preceded the adoption of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights.
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of the U.S. Constitution’s Bill of Rights. The Bill of Rights simply confirmed that the right to keep and bear arms, along with free speech, were pre-existing before the Constitution was adopted. MONTY MENDENHALL Thomasville
Wall Street reform will create better economy I know, and all Americans need to know, that reform of Wall Street will create a stabler economy because institutions like credit card companies and mortgage companies would have stricter guidelines to follow. These new guidelines would give consumers more protection. Financial reform would make sure that the financial decisions average Americans make for their futures would not be made with them being blindsided. We need reform now. Wall Street is
a thing that was created, and it has protection. We the American people are human beings that need our Congress to protect us and to ensure us that there is still a chance for us to reach for the “American dream” without the worry of falling prey to the financial system again. CHARLES CHERRY Winston-Salem
Christianity stands alone as a faith-based religion After reading James Kestler’s letter June 26 (“The world’s religions are not all the same”) in Your View, I agree 100 percent with what Kestler wrote. Christianity is not a religion. It is a relationship. All religions are worksbased. Christianity is faith-based. Believe on Jesus Christ and you shall be saved. HARRY LEE DARR Thomasville
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e thought the push for a state takeover of Alcoa of North Carolina’s power generating facilities and reservoirs along the Yadkin River would end last year when the N.C. House of Representatives decisively defeated a bill crucial to the effort. Apparently, we thought wrong. Those environmentalists, politicians (state and local, Democrat and Republican) and developers who still harbor thoughts of a socialistic takeover of Alcoa’s property brought to the state a familiar name this week in an apparent attempt to revive the drive – Erin Brockovich. Brockovich, whose environmental fight against a California industrial polluter was the subject of a 2000 movie, was in Raleigh and Winston-Salem Tuesday putting in a plug for the Alcoa takeover idea and also criticizing the company for environmental problems related to its closed aluminum smelting plant at Badin Lake. Brockovich may be on target with criticism of Alcoa and contending that the company should be doing more to help clean up the environmental problems at Badin. But she surely misses the mark in supporting what would amount almost to a confiscation of Alcoa’s water-powered generating properties, including High Rock Lake and dam and the hydro-electric generating plant there. Alcoa’s cleanup efforts at Badin Lake certainly are a legitimate topic for discussion during federal relicensing hearings the company is undergoing. But this talk of government takeover of private property simply should cease.
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n case you are wondering what would happen should Bruce Davis, who is seeking both the 28th State Senate District and District 1 Guilford County Board of Commissioners seats, win both races, the Guilford County Board of Elections reports that Guilford commissioners would choose someone from his party (Democratic) and district to fill his commissioner seat. That seat would come up for election in two years, however, instead of four.
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Veterans Affairs reaches out with community clinics
early two years ago, the Department of Veterans Affairs health care system established community clinics in certain areas that were long distances from VA clinics in order to reach veterans living in those areas. One outreach clinic located in the town of Franklin in Macon County is operating very successfully. The staff there serves veterans who live in the far western counties of North Carolina and northern Georgia. This is a great idea. The veterans living in that area no longer need to drive all the way to the Charles George VA Medical Center in Asheville. Just the thoughts of driving a long distance in an emergency situation has got to be very stressful. One of the three doctors working in the clinic says, “This arrangement connects the veteran more to the providers than the facility.” There are three physicians working in this clinic. One is a psychiatrist, and this is very important because veterans are a particular kind of medical population. According to the current report, veterans have a suicide rate seven times greater than the general population. Post-traumatic stress syndrome is more common now among young returning veterans, and this type of injury can lead to substance abuse. I have met so many veterans that avoid seeking help because they fear it will hurt their job prospects. I guess I am not surprised about the number of suicides among veterans; we are involved in a war that seems to have no end. When I think about my own experiences with war, all I can say is I am very thankful. There is not much I can say that is “good” about war, except thank God that we now have good medical care for our veterans. I know it is very costly to provide this care, but we owe this to all the veterans. I can see improvements every time I go to the VA. The community-based clinics are now making the VA experience much like a civilian doctor’s office. I am very impressed with the American Profile edition to our High Point Enterprise. I hope all the readers will enjoy the current edi-
tion, “O Say Can You See ... The Inspiring Story Of Our National Anthem.” Grandparents please save this issue for the grandchildren. Our July 4th celebration is just around the corner; and oh, what an opportune time to read about the birth of our VETERAN’S national anthem. The American flag flies VIEWS over Fort McHenry National Monument and Historic Shrine, Stan birthplace of “The Star-Spangled Spangle Sr. Banner.” The War of 1812 and ■■■ the American flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes inspired Francis Scott Key, a Washington lawyer, to pen the poem about the flag that later became our national anthem. Every time I see our American flag flying in the breeze, I am so grateful to be an American and to have served in the U.S. Marine Corps. There will be many celebrations around our area during the next several days. I hope you will attend one of these events. As you celebrate this patriotic day, remember all the veterans that helped to make America, “The land of the free and the home of the brave.” It would be just wonderful if our present-day veterans would stop for a minute and offer a salute to the Grand Old Flag that is flying in the breeze. Show your grandchildren how proud you are to be an American and tell them about the freedom America has today because brave men and women did their part to insure our freedom. Our next veterans luncheon will be 11 a.m.-2 p.m. July 10 at Highland United Methodist Church. We look forward to seeing veteran friends. If you have not attended our get-togethers, please take the time to join us. We have guest speakers there to pass along important information to veterans and answer any questions you might have. God bless America and all other nations. Semper Fi! STAN SPANGLE SR. is a 21-year veteran of the Marine Corps, serving in Korea and Vietnam. He’s a member of numerous veterans organizations.
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WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ The Democratic Party put Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan front and center Thursday on an e-mail appeal to raise funds and sign up supporters for President Barack Obamaâ€™s agenda. â€œKagan for Justice,â€? reads a bumper stickerstyle headline on a website where supporters are asked to sign their names Kagan and give their e-mail addresses, then taken to a site where they are asked to donate money to the Democratic National Committee. Also topping the site is a picture of a smiling Kagan, who just concluded three days of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee at which she pledged repeatedly to cast aside any political allegiances if confirmed, and decide cases solely on the basis of the Constitution and the law. At the White House, Press Secretary Robert Gibbs predicted Kagan, Obamaâ€™s choice to succeed retiring Justice John Paul Stevens, would be approved by the Judiciary panel and confirmed.
Sen. Robert Byrdâ€™s flag-draped casket passes through the Senate Reception Room after lying in repose in the Senate Chamber, Thursday, on Capitol Hill.
Robert Byrd makes final trip from beloved Senate WASHINGTON (AP) â€“ The Senate bid farewell Thursday to Robert C. Byrd, the homespun West Virginian who for half a century held sway with his thunderous oratory and fierce advocacy of his state and the Senate he loved. The body of Byrd, who died Monday at age 92, was placed in the Senate for six hours while senators, both past and present, and Capitol Hill staffers lined up to pay their final respects to the late senator and his family.
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sets a record. And thatâ€™s not even all of it. About 30 million more doses will expire later and may go unused, according to one government estimate. If all that vaccine expires, more than 43 percent of the supply for the U.S. public will have gone to waste. Federal officials defended the huge purchase as a necessary risk in the face of a never-before-seen virus. Many health experts had feared the new flu could be the deadly global epidemic they had long warned about.
ATLANTA (AP) â€“ About a quarter of the swine flu vaccine produced for the U.S. public has expired â€“ meaning that a whopping 40 million doses worth about $260 million are being written off as trash. â€œItâ€™s a lot, by historical standards,â€? said Jerry Weir, who oversees vaccine research and review for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. The outdated vaccine, some of which expired Wednesday, will be incinerated. The amount, as much as four times the usual leftover seasonal flu vaccine, likely
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Byrdâ€™s hearse then left for Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland for a flight to Charleston, W.Va. There is to be an overnight public viewing in the rotunda of the state capitol, followed by a memorial service in Charleston Friday led by President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Private services are scheduled for Tuesday at Columbia Gardens Cemetery in Arlington, Va., where Byrd will be buried next to his wife
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