Claire Williams


Republican candidates go head to head before S.C. primary

Tensions ran high at the South Carolina GOP presidential debate Thursday in Charleston. The day of the debate began with some unexpected twists when Rick Perry dropped out of the race, a recount of the Iowa caucus results found Rick Santorum as the winner — not Mitt Romney — and fresh accusations about Newt Gingrich surfaced from an ex-wife.

Occupy protesters denied overnight stays

Some N.C. Occupy protesters, who have spent more than a month demonstrating their discontent with certain restrictive government policies, have learned from experience that they are still subject to the law. Occupy Raleigh protesters requested to camp in a park outside the Raleigh City Hall, but their request was denied by a City Council committee, said City Manager Russell Allen. Individual council members offered to help find the protesters space, and as of Wednesday, they were still in the process of securing a new spot to protest, he said. Russell said 24-hour picketing is allowed, but it is against the city’s policy to allow people to camp out in this public space. Since 24-hour picketing is allowed, he said he doesn’t think the city is restricting the protesters’ rights. “They have adequate means to insure their first amendment rights,” he said. The location in front of city hall does not have accommodations — such as water and sewage systems — for people staying the night, he said. The city council received complaints from the homeowner association of a nearby condominium development and the management of an apartment building, Allen said. Asheville’s Occupy protesters were also denied their spot of choice. Protesters requested permission to camp in a park in front of the city’s council building, but their request was also denied, said Brownie Newman, vice mayor of Asheville.

McCrory makes moves

Amid speculation that he will run for N.C. governor in 2012, former Charlotte Mayor Pat McCrory announced Tuesday on his website that he is not running — yet. In his video, McCrory, who was defeated by Gov. Bev Perdue in the 2008 gubernatorial race, said he will make an official announcement about running for governor after the new year.

Perdue launches 'No Kid Hungry' initiative

Gov. Bev Perdue joined with two non-profit organizations Tuesday to launch an initiative aimed at ensuring children in public schools eat a nutritious breakfast. The new program — No Kid Hungry — will make breakfast more convenient by offering health options in to-go bags. Students will not be required to arrive at school early in order to receive breakfast.