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Archive for June, 2009

Coast Guard helps build Habitat home

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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They’re usually busy protecting the waterways in our area. Today they traded in their sea legs for tool belts. Members of the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit Wilmington helped build a new home for Habitat for Humanity on Prices Lane in Wilmington
 
On the job the unit is responsible for things like homeland and port security and vessel inspections around the Cape Fear River Basin. But even though they serve our country full time, they want to serve the community, as well.

 "It’s not just our duty to serve our country for our jobs, but to come out and serve our people," BM1 Kenny Tucker said. "We’re people, too. We’re your neighbors. We’re your friends. We’re the people in the grocery store, so there’s no reason why we shouldn’t be out here community serving with everyone else."

If you’d like to find out about volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity, visit http://www.habitat.org/.

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They’re usually busy protecting the waterways in our area. Today they traded in their sea legs for tool belts. Members of the Coast Guard’s Marine Safety Unit Wilmington helped build a new home for Habitat for Humanity on Prices Lane in Wilmington.

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Get Healthy – Save a life, get Warped

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

Wilmington | Area residents who donate blood June 19 can get backstage at upcoming Vans Warped Tour’s stops in Charlotte or Atlanta.Donors still have to get their own ticket to the concerts July 23 at the Verizon Wireless Amphitheater in Charlotte or July 28 at Lakewood Amphitheatre in Atlanta.

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Senate Finance Committee helps state’s film incentives

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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The state’s film incentives took a big step forward Wednesday. The Senate Finance Committee approved raising the tax break for production companies from 15 to 25 percent.

Wilmington and the state were stung this spring by the last-minute loss of a Miley Cyrus movie to Georgia, which has a 30 percent break. Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo testified before the finance committee in Raleigh Wednesday. He is cautiously optimistic as the bill moves to the full Senate.

“They want to make sure the incentive is proper. Obviously, things are tough right now; people are cutting back, teachers are being laid off in some cases. They want to make sure the incentive is fair and it is equitable and it is something that makes sense, “ said Saffo. “But if we are going to be in the game in regards to film and the film industry we are going to have to step up our incentive. Forty-two states in this country have film incentives. Twenty-eight states have higher incentives than us.”

The timing is a challenge as state lawmakers are in late-stage talks on cutting spending and raising taxes to produce a balanced budget by July.

There is a companion film incentive bill on the House side awaiting action.

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The state’s film incentives took a big step forward Wednesday. The Senate Finance Committee approved raising the tax break for production companies from 15 to 25 percent.

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North Kerr resident defiant as time nears for airport to cut down trees

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

Sitting in a plastic chair in his lawn at 10 a.m. Thursday, Charles Joyce was defiant.“All I can say is I’m opposed to these people cutting my trees down,” said the elderly man, who wants to save trees in his yard from being chopped down by the New Hanover County Airport Authority.

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Attorney: 4 not in room where explosion occurred

Thursday, June 18th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The attorney for a contractor being sued by two workers injured in the explosion at a North Carolina Slim Jim processing plant says its four workers were not near the site of the explosion.

Attorney Rod Pettey said in a news release Wednesday that two employees of Southern Industrial Constructors were at a trolley maintenance area. He says one was outside the building and another was at a wastewater facility some distance from the ConAgra Foods plant in Garner.

Federal investigators have said they think the June 9 explosion at the ConAgra Foods plant was fueled by a natural gas leak and that they had traced the blast to a pump room.

Two employees sued Southern Industrial on Monday. Three people died in the explosion.

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

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The attorney for a contractor being sued by two workers injured in the explosion at a North Carolina Slim Jim processing plant says its four workers were not near the site of the explosion.

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