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Police Department Liability In Car Chase Deaths At Issue In Supreme Court Case PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:50


WASHINGTON (AP) — The Supreme Court appears likely to rule for police officers in Arkansas who were involved in a car chase that ended with the deaths of the driver and his passenger.
No one on the court in arguments Tuesday seemed inclined to affirm an appeals court ruling allowing a civil lawsuit by the driver's daughter to proceed against six West Memphis, Ark., police officers. They fatally shot driver Donald Rickard and passenger Kelly Allen in a chaotic scene on a Memphis street following a chase that began across the Mississippi River in Arkansas.
The lawsuit says police used excessive force. But several justices said the officers should be shielded from liability.
Police Liability In Car Chase Deaths At Issue In Supreme Court Case
Last Updated on Wednesday, 05 March 2014 06:20
Shopping Bag Manufacturer Coming To Rutherford County PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:43

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Bonita Manufacturing Products will create 50 jobs over the next three years in Forest City, and invest more than $2.8 million in the Rutherford County town. Average annual wages for the jobs is expected to top $32,000 plus benefits.

Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, the company is an award winning international supplier of custom and stock packaging products, including paper shopping bags, gift wrap, merchandise bags, and folding cartons. 
Their products are used in retail and commercial applications throughout the United States and Canada.
“As someone who calls Rutherford County home, I am thrilled to see Bonita Pioneer’s commitment to bring new jobs and economic development to our state,” said Commerce Secretary Decker in a statement announcing the new jobs. “By emphasizing workforce development, training and education, North Carolina will continue to lead the way in the resurgence of American manufacturing.”
Thomas Shaw, vice president of manufacturing, said the company conducted an exhaustive search throughout the Southeast before deciding on Rutherford County. "The reception we received throughout North Carolina was amazing and made for a very difficult decision-making process in selecting the county in which to locate this operation.  We are aware of the rich manufacturing history and great work ethic that exists in this state, as well as, the central location which will allow us to provide much improved service to our customers in the eastern portion of the US.”   
Last Updated on Tuesday, 04 March 2014 16:44
Buncombe County Snags $11.8 Million, Three-Year Investment From Defense Manufacturer PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 28 February 2014 13:40

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Kearfott Corporation will expand its manufacturing operations in North Carolina by adding 75 jobs in Black Mountain as the result of an $11.8 million investment over the next three years.

Kearfott currently employs 336 workers in North Carolina.
Salaries will vary by job function, but the average annual wage for the new jobs will likely exceed $46,000 plus benefits. The Buncombe County average annual wage is $35,784.
Kearfott is a full service design, manufacturing and support center for a variety of guidance and navigation systems for commercial and military applications. These include aircraft, spacecraft, sea systems and land vehicles. 
“Kearfott carefully evaluated several potential locations for expansion, with Western North Carolina emerging as the clear winner,” said Kearfott President, Craig Scott in the announcement. “Our high technology inertial and motion control product line developments depend on the highly- skilled workforce available in the region.  We have had a long-standing presence in the area and are pleased to contribute to the well-being of the community.”
The project was made possible in part by a performance-based grant from the One North Carolina Fund of up to $75,000. 
Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 13:40
Orange County: Fourth Positive Rabies Test Confirmed PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 28 February 2014 13:27

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - For the fourth time in just two months, Orange County has been notified by the State Laboratory of Public Health that rabies has been confirmed on a specimen tested for the county.

According to the county, the new incident occurred Thursday, February 27, when a Chapel Hill resident spotted his dog near a raccoon that appeared to be almost dead.  The resident removed his dog from the area and called Animal Control to remove the raccoon for testing.  The dog was not observed having direct contact with the raccoon, but the possibility of exposure before the owner’s arrival cannot be ruled out. 
As the dog involved in this case was not currently vaccinated against rabies, North Carolina law requires that it must be either destroyed or quarantined for a period of six (6) months.  Under this same law, by contrast, a dog or cat that does have a current rabies vaccination must only receive a booster shot within 120 hours (5 days) of any suspected rabies exposure.  
The dog’s owners have yet to make a decision regarding the dog involved in this case.
Raccoons are a host (or reservoir) species to rabies in our area and the region.  Any other animal that becomes rabid in this area is likely the victim of the “spillover effect.”  When an animal other than the dominant reservoir species, which is the raccoon in North Carolina, contracts the virus, it is called “spillover.” The other species that are most susceptible to getting rabies from raccoons are dogs and cats, groundhogs, skunks, and foxes.
Last Updated on Friday, 28 February 2014 13:28

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