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Gov. Perdue to present N.C. Awards to six people tonight

Gov. Bev Perdue will present the 2009 North Carolina Awards, the state's highest civilian honor, to six North Carolinians tonight in Raleigh.

The recipients include businessmen who represent two important parts of the state's economy. Former banker Hugh McColl will be honored for public service. And Joseph DeSimone, co-founder of Liquidia Technologies and researcher at UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State, will be honored for his contributions to science.

Other recipients include Gerald Barrax for literature, Betty Ray McCain for public service, and Mark Peiser and Bo Thorpe for fine arts.

Perdue will present the awards at an 8 p.m. ceremony at the N.C. Museum of History in downtown Raleigh. For more information, visit the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources here.

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