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Archive for September, 2009

NC coastal panel to reconsider ban on sand jetties

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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NEW BERN, N.C. — A state panel that oversees coastal construction policies holds its first hearing as it studies whether to start allowing jetties that block the movement of sand.

The Coastal Resources Commission meets Monday in New Bern. The session at the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Office is open to the public.

The General Assembly directed the commission to study using what some call terminal groins as erosion controls. The commission has banned such structures since 1985.

The structures would run perpendicular to the shore and close to a tidal inlet to catch sand, keeping the shoreline intact and preventing the inlet from clogging.

Environmental groups argue the groins are a bad idea that will encourage risky waterfront building.

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

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A state panel that oversees coastal construction policies holds its first hearing as it studies whether to start allowing jetties that block the movement of sand.

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NC man wanted to stop getaway after home invasion

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — A North Carolina newspaper reports that a 76-year-old man who shot and killed a 15-year-old home invasion suspect told investigators he chased the robbers to stop their getaway car.

The Charlotte Observer on Monday cited a law enforcement source as saying C.L. McClure told investigators he chased four teens who broke into his home last month because he wanted to shoot out the car’s tires.

McClure told investigators he found the group in an apartment complex parking lot and fired a warning shot to make them scatter.

McClure told investigators he shot Marcus Fluker because the teen seemed to turn back and McClure thought he was going to shoot.

Prosecutors could decide this week if the shooting was legally justified.

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

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A North Carolina newspaper reports that a 76-year-old man who shot and killed a 15-year-old home invasion suspect told investigators he chased the robbers to stop their getaway car.

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Hampstead group hosts weekend of fine arts and crafts

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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NC’s Perdue pushes for rules on anti-fire circuits

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue is pushing for the state building code to require that new homes include an electronic switch that helps prevent house fires.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Monday that Perdue urged the chairman of the Building Code Council not to roll back a requirement that arc fault circuit interrupters be used for all rooms of new homes.

The council appeared ready to roll back the requirement under pressure from the homebuilding industry. Builders say the devices add hundreds of dollars to the cost of a home and can trip when devices such as ceiling fans are turned on.

Perdue says the benefits of fire prevention outweigh the drawbacks. Council members are appointed by the governor’s office.

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

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North Carolina Gov. Beverly Perdue is pushing for the state building code to require that new homes include an electronic switch that helps prevent house fires.

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Atmosphere Academy: Elementary School Newscast

Monday, September 14th, 2009

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So how do elementary school students with an interest in broadcast meteorology learn about newscasts? By making one of their own, naturally.

Most of us remember the early morning routine at school. Around 8 AM, the bell would sound and you would here the morning announcements on the old intercom. Well, they do things a bit differently at Union Elementary School. Each Monday morning, select 5th graders put on their own morning newscasts, complete with news on current events in the school and the students take their job seriously. After all, 5th graders have to apply for positions on the news staff, not unlike real life.

It gives them a vested interest in making sure their product is top notch. But when I found out the students put on their own weathercasts, well we just had to have them over for a visit. And they picked up things fast. So the next time parents tune-in to watch the morning news, just remember that some area students are doing the very same thing.

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videoWhen we receive visitors at our studios, we usually tell them about the newscast. Last week, students who visited us taught us a thing or two.

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