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Archive for August, 2009

NC to break ground on state’s first toll road

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina is taking the initial step toward its first toll road.

The N.C. Turnpike Authority will break ground at 10 a.m. Wednesday on the Triangle Expressway in Wake and Durham counties. The event will be held at the far western end of N.C. 540, where
the road dead ends at the N.C. 55 exit.

The road will coast just over $1 billion, paid for by bond proceeds and federal loans. State Transportation Secretary Gene Conti estimates that the project will create or preserve 30,000
jobs.

The expressway is almost 19 miles and comprised of three segments: Western Wake Freeway, Triangle Parkway and the existing N.C. 540 between N.C. 55 and N.C. 54. The parkway is expected to open to traffic in 2011 and the freeway a year later.

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

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North Carolina is taking the initial step toward its first toll road.

The N.C. Turnpike Authority will break ground at 10 a.m. Wednesday on the Triangle Expressway in Wake and Durham counties.

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New Hanover, Brunswick crime rates drop in 2008; Pender crime rate sees 11 percent increase

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington-area crime rates dropped last year, mirroring the downward trend across the state, according to annual crime statistics released Wednesday by Attorney General Roy Cooper.

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Job training center opens in Winston-Salem

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM — A new center that will provide an expanded level of employment assistance and job training for North Carolina workers has opened in Winston-Salem.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the Regional Employment and Advancement Career Training Center opened Tuesday above the offices of the state Employment Security Commission.

REACT will offer a dozen educational programs, featuring trades, construction and health care. All programs area designed to be completed in six months or less. Other services include GED classes, career guidance, tips on the job market and unemployment insurance claims.

The center is funded for the first two years through at least $4 million in federal stimulus money.

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

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A new center that will provide an expanded level of employment assistance and job training for North Carolina workers has opened in Winston-Salem.

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Escaped inmate back behind bars

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

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An inmate who escaped from the Bladen Correctional Center in Elizabethtown Tuesday morning is back behind bars.

Thirty-two-year-old Hieu Bui walked away from his dorm and scaled a fence around 11:30 a.m. He was serving a six-month misdemeanor sentence for communicating threats.

Police caught him shortly after 5:00 p.m. Bui was scheduled to be released in late October.

There is no word on any additional charges he may now face.

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An inmate who escaped from the Bladen Correctional Center in Elizabethtown Tuesday morning is back behind bars.

Thirty-two-year-old Hieu Bui walked away from his dorm and scaled a fence around 11:30 a.m.

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More than $100,000 in cocaine seized in drug bust

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

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A month-long investigation led to the arrest of two New Hanover County men and the seizure of more than $100,000 of cocaine.

Bernardo Medina-Sandoval and Angel Hernandez-Benitez face several charges, including two counts of trafficking cocaine. In addition to the cocaine seizure, detectives seized more than $13,000 in cash, four vehicles and one boat.

Both men are in the New Hanover County Jail.

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A month-long investigation led to the arrest of two New Hanover County men and the seizure of more than $100,000 of cocaine.

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