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Archive for April, 2009

Victim beaten with hammer in Wilshire Blvd. robbery

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

Wilmington police arrested two men and a juvenile after a robbery attempt sent one victim to the hospital, according to a news release from the police department.

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Interview with Kristen Dalton, the new Miss USA

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

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You’ve probably heard by now that a 22-year-old Wilmington woman is now the reigning Miss USA. Kristen Dalton is a Hoggard High School grad, and won the crown in Las Vegas on Sunday. WWAY had the chance to interview her about her big win, and the controversy surrounding the contest.

Kristen Dalton competed against 50 of the most beautiful women in the country last weekend.

She had the highest marks in the swimsuit and evening gown competition, and ultimately took home the crown as Miss USA.

“I think that the most important thing that puts you over the top is your attitude and your positive mindset,” the new Miss USA said.

The pageant has been making national headlines all week thanks to a controversial question judge Perez Hilton asked the first runner up, Miss California.

We asked Kristen is she was disappointed at all over the amount of attention that’s been given to the Miss California controversy, the question she was asked? Has that overshadowed this win at all for you? She replied, ‘No, not at all, I welcome it. I welcome it a lot because she’s bringing publicity to the Miss USA organization, and that’s great for me, and I think that the political tone of those five questions were great, because it allowed us, the five contestants, to showcase our intelligence instead of just our beauty.”

Kristen fielded a question about the government bailout.

When asked today for her take on same sex marriage, she said she was glad we lived in a country where everyone was entitled to their own opinion, and said that’s all she had to say about it.

Kristen said she’s excited about her new home in New York City, where she’ll live for the next year while serving as Miss USA.

Her platform will focus on research, legislation, and fundraising for breast and ovarian cancer.

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videoYou’ve probably heard by now that a 22-year-old Wilmington woman is now the reigning Miss USA. Kristen Dalton is a Hoggard High School grad, and won the crown in Las Vegas on Sunday. WWAY had the chance to interview her about her big win, and the controversy surrounding the contest.

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City looks at early retirement to help budget

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

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In February, New Hanover County offered some employees the option of taking early retirement. Now, the city of Wilmington is following suit.

The city is facing $6.5 million shortfall. About 100 city employees are being offered early retirement to make up for it.

The incentive includes five months salary paid up front to eligible employees. Depending on how many take the deal, it could save the city about one million dollars.

The retirement incentive is just one strategy the city said would help balance the budget for 2009-2010 year.

A city spokesperson said this affects police and fire personnel, waste management workers, and the parks and maintenance department.

The plan may help avoid future layoffs. “It’s really a struggle but we think this is an option that will help us from having to cut positions from the budget and provide and attractive option for those who might be thinking about retiring,” said spokesperson Malissa Talbert.

City employees were notified yesterday. They have until May 15th to decide whether to take the incentives, and the retirements would be effective July 1.

The city has to adopt its final budget in June.

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In February, New Hanover County offered some employees the option of taking early retirement. Now, the city of Wilmington is following suit.

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Students want to be able to carry concealed weapons on campus

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

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Some UNCW students wore gun holsters on their belts Wednesday, minus the gun. The College Republicans sponsored Empty Holster Day. They are protesting the fact that people with the proper permits are not allowed to carry concealed weapons on college campuses.

Supporters argue people who have a concealed carry permit would be an extra line of defense in case of an emergency. “Allowing people with concealed weapons permits to carry on campus, it would not make campus completely safe, but it certainly stacks the deck against incidents like Virginia Tech and Northern Illinois by allowing citizens to a viable means of self defense,” said Tyler Burnett-Millage.

This is the second year for Empty Holster Day at UNCW. Organizers say they had mixed reactions last year, but feedback was more positive today.

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Some UNCW students wore gun holsters on their belts Wednesday, minus the gun. The College Republicans sponsored Empty Holster Day. They are protesting the fact that people with the proper permits are not allowed to carry concealed weapons on college campuses.

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Man questioned in murders is arrested on unrelated weapons charge

Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009

A man who has been questioned in connection with the killings of two women was taken to the New Hanover County jail Tuesday night on unrelated charges, officials said Wednesday.

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