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N.C. county commissioners unveil new emergency-preparedness initiative

Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams saw the challenges that elected officials faced with emergency preparedness during Hurricanes Dorian, Florence, and Isaias while he served as the chairman of the board and decided to do something about it.

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Fayetteville asks N.C. Appeals Court to block ballot measure on council elections

The city of Fayetteville has filed emergency paperwork with the N.C. Court of Appeals to block printing of local election ballots. Officials are raising concerns about a referendum that would change the way the city elects its governing board.

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Hoke commissioner candidate’s bribery allegations rejected by state elections board

In paperwork filed Wednesday with the N.C. Court of Appeals, the State Board of Elections is urging the appellate court to reject a request from a Hoke County candidate to intervene in the county commissioner’s race. Lent Carr, who finished fourth in the May 17 Democratic primary, alleges that one of his competitors bribed voters...

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Split N.C. Supreme Court orders more scrutiny of local water, sewer ‘capacity’ fees

The N.C. Supreme Court has split, 4-3, on whether Harnett County should be forced to prove that its water and sewer “capacity use” fees could be distinguished from an unconstitutional taking of private property. The majority reversed decisions from a trial judge and a unanimous N.C. Court of Appeals panel favoring the county. The state’s highest court has ordered a trial judge to conduct further hearings.

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