Onslow County to use solar panels at 3 landfills
JACKSONVILLE, N.C. (AP) - The Onslow County commissioners say three open and closed landfills soon will be home to 6,000 solar panels that will produce electricity to power 2,400 homes.
The Daily News of Jacksonville reported the county and Onslow Power Producers recently installed landfill gas-to-energy system, which uses landfill gas to create electricity from the active landfill and two closed landfills.
Onslow officials say the county will receive profit-sharing payments from Onslow Power Producers, which is funding the project. The county will also receive a license fee of $10,000 for each solar site.
Onslow County's solid waste director expects the project to produce between $50,000 and $100,000 in revenue for the county.
NC not getting brunt of winter storm
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - A winter storm warning is in effect for some areas, including Danbury, Eden and Yanceyville, where a mix of freezing rain and rain were expected through the late afternoon.
The freezing rain and sleet come courtesy of a powerful storm that's moving from the west into the Mid-Atlantic states and farther north.
In the Triad, including Winston-Salem and Greensboro, an ice storm warning was in effect until midnight with accumulations of up to a quarter of an inch possible.
In places including Chapel Hill, Lexington and Creedmoor, a freezing rain advisory was in effect until early evening, when temperatures were forecast to rise.
A freezing rain advisory also was in effect until evening for the mountains and foothills, including Asheville, Statesville and Hickory. Light ice accumulation is forecast in those areas.
Scope of NC Medicaid overhaul proposal changes
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Gov. Pat McCrory's administration has rolled out a scaled-back model to Medicaid reform in North Carolina after an effort unveiled several months ago fell flat.
The governor has said repeatedly the health insurance program for mostly poor children, older adults and the disabled is broken. He says Medicaid's hemorrhaging of hundreds of millions of dollars annually is preventing spending on other initiatives such as teacher pay raises.
The first Medicaid overhaul proposal would have had up to four statewide managed-care companies or other entities deliver treatment. Medicaid would pay a set price to an organization for covering each patient they served. Many lawmakers and interest groups didn't like it. The state Medicaid office presented a more regional model last week.
The legislature is likely to have the final say.
Madoff fraud still stings ex-clients 5 years later
NEW YORK (AP) - Bernard Madoff's former clients are still struggling to move on five years after his massive Ponzi scheme was exposed.
World War II vet Morton Chalek says his last account statement with Madoff showed he had $2.3 million. He's still fighting in court to get some of it back.
On Dec. 11, 2008, Madoff told FBI agents that his multibillion-dollar investment advisory business was a fraud. He pleaded guilty and is serving a 150-year prison term in Butner, N.C.
The 90-year-old Chalek now gets by on Social Security, veterans' benefits and the companionship of retired educator Fran Reiss, a close friend who also lost her savings to Madoff.
Five former Madoff employees are on trial in federal court in Manhattan. Testimony resumes Monday.
NC National Guard schedules redeployment ceremony
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - The North Carolina National Guard is holding a redeployment ceremony for two units at its armory in Siler City.
The ceremony for the 112th Financial Management Detachment and 430th Ordnance Company was scheduled for Sunday.
The finance soldiers are returning from Camp Bondsteel, Kosovo. They provided finance support for all military and Department of Defense civilians. Missions included paying soldiers, other military personnel and civilian employees and contractors, budgeting, disbursing and accounting for government funds.
Soldiers from the 430th are returning from service across Southwest Asia with duty in Kuwait, Qatar and Jordan. They destroyed unexploded ordnance and eliminated the threat of hundreds of tons of explosives on more than 100 missions.
The units deployed in 2012.
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