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Archive for April, 2009

Lane closures on Interstate 85 for Easter weekend

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Motorists using Interstate 85 in North Carolina will encounter lane closures during the Easter holiday weekend.

The state Department of Transportation said there will be a lane closure planned for northbound Interstate 85 between mile markers 206 and 214 in Vance County for pavement repair.

Another lane closure involves one of three lanes closed on both northbound and southbound lanes at the interchange with N.C. 62 at exit 113 in Guilford County because of construction of the U.S. 311 Bypass.

DOT officials said no work will occur during the holiday. However, the right lane in each direction will remain closed.

Construction work will be suspended on interstate and U.S. routes beginning at 4 p.m. Thursday and continuing until 9 a.m. Monday, April 13.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Motorists using Interstate 85 in North Carolina will encounter lane closures during the Easter holiday weekend.

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Body found in trash

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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A WASTEC trash truck driver made an unusual discovery during his rounds Thursday morning.

New Hanover County Sheriff’s Deputies responded to WASTEC on Hwy 421 early Thursday after a body was found in the trash. The body of a 43 year old white male was located after a container truck was emptied.

The name of the victim is not being released until the man’s family is notified. WWAY has learned the man did have identification on him, and that he is from Wilmington. He had $3 in his wallet.

Detectives are not suspecting foul play, however an autopsy will be scheduled.

Check back with WWAY for further details.

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A WASTEC trash truck driver made an unusual discovery during his rounds Thursday morning.

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Crews and volunteers continue to excavate Fort Anderson

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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Inside Brunswick Town, a place that used to be a bustling colonial port town, lies the remains of an old battery.

Archaeologists are trying to uncover pieces from the 1800’s, when this spot was a fort constructed by the Confederates. They found pieces that resemble nails, clasps and artillery gear.

Once they uncover everything, the North Carolina Office of Archaeology hopes to reconstruct the cannon firing platform that used to be there. Fort Anderson site manager Branda Bryant said, “So it’s very hard to visualize this fort and what was here looked like.”

Crews and volunteers excavated all day Wednesday and will continue until the area is almost cleared out.

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Inside Brunswick Town, a place that used to be a bustling colonial port town, lies the remains of an old battery. Archaeologists are trying to uncover pieces from the 1800’s, when this spot was a fort constructed by the Confederates.

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Small NC town reports first homicide in 25 years

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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ROLESVILLE, N.C. — Police in a small town not far from Raleigh say they are investigating their first homicide in 25 years.

Rolesville Police Chief Tim Stoker told The News & Observer of Raleigh that the man was found dead Tuesday in an undeveloped subdivision.

Investigators say they have not identified the victim and are awaiting autopsy results to determine exactly how he died.

Stokes says this is the first homicide in the town of 2,200 people about 15 miles northeast of Raleigh since a murder-suicide 25 years ago.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Police in a small town not far from Raleigh say they are investigating their first homicide in 25 years.

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NC House approves taxpayer campaign financing test

Thursday, April 9th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The state House tentatively approved legislation that would allow cities and towns to decide whether local election campaigns should get taxpayer subsidies.

The House voted 60-52 to let local councils decide whether to adopt public financing rules like those to be used in Chapel Hill this year. Statewide candidates for appellate judges, auditor, insurance commissioner and schools superintendent also get public funding.

Supporters said using local taxpayer money for candidates that collect signatures and a few hundred dollars to show their backing would balance big money’s effects in local campaigns.

Opponents said public financing would force taxpayers to support candidates they might dislike.

A final House vote could come Thursday.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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The state House tentatively approved legislation that would allow cities and towns to decide whether local election campaigns should get taxpayer subsidies.

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