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Archive for March, 2009

Stimulus money to be spent on road improvements

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

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Traffic improvements are one area where federal stimulus money will be spent. Of $780 billion federal stimulus package, about $6 billion is coming to North Carolina.

A new website, ncrecovery.gov, helps break down where that money will go.

On the site, you can see more than $1 billion will be spent on education, $700 million will go to building highways and bridges, and nearly $11 million will go to employment services.

“Though I completely disagree with the idea of the stimulus package in general, it’s good to know that there’s a place where we can see where the money is actually going to go to,” said Erik Guffrey of Wilmington.

In 2008, the employment security commission reported 120,000 jobs were lost statewide.

The White House estimates the stimulus plan will create or save 100,000 jobs in North Carolina.

The website is still in the preliminary stages. In the coming months you should be able to see more details on how federal funds will be spent.

WWAY’s Kevin Wuzzardo will be reporting in Washington, D.C. this week. He’ll interview legislators about how the political process works and how they are dividing the stimulus money.

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Traffic improvements are one area where federal stimulus money will be spent. Of $780 billion federal stimulus package, about $6 billion is coming to North Carolina.

A new website, ncrecovery.gov, helps break down where that money will go.

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Behold, the great white alligator

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

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The alligators we usually see are green, but the Fort Fisher Aquarium found a rare albino alligator.

The gator is white with big red eyes.

The aquarium was showing off their exhibit as part of their ‘Scales and Tails’ series.

There were also hundreds of snakes from all over the world for people to pick up and touch.

“They are able to hold animals like this one, this boa constrictor, these animals will not harm you, and you’ll be perfectly safe holding them, and learning about them, and that’s what we really want is for people to come out and learn about animals all over the world,” explained Aquarium Director Donna Moffitt.

Scales and Tails will be happening Sunday as well. Along with snakes and alligators, visitors can touch iguanas, lizards and turtles too.

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The alligators we usually see are green, but the Fort Fisher Aquarium found a rare albino alligator.

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Arboretum hosts orchid seminar

Sunday, March 8th, 2009

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With spring right around the corner, the Cape Fear Orchid Society hosted a program all about the flower on Saturday.

The day-long seminar took place at the New Hanover Arboretum, and was for everyone interested in learning more about growing and blooming orchids at home.

Four speakers shared information about the most common orchids available in local stores and garden centers.

Arlene Huber, president of the Cape Fear Orchid Society, said the event was all about appreciating the flower. “What we’re doing today is trying to make our love for orchids available to lots more people because once you’ve had an orchid you want more. Lot’s of times you don’t know how to take care of them. And most of us think that they’re very difficult and they’re not.”

The Cape Fear Orchid Society holds several events every month.

If you are interested in learning more about them, you can visit their website, capefearorchid.org.

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Four speakers shared information about the most common orchids available in local stores and garden centers on Saturday at the NHC Arboretum.

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No one injured in Market Street blaze

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

The house was three stories, and undergoing remodeling at the time of the fire.

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New Hanover system inspires legislative debate on sex education

Saturday, March 7th, 2009

North Carolina parents are one step closer to gaining control of what their children learn in school about sex.

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