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Archive for November, 2009

Frost advisory in effect Saturday morning for parts of Southeastern North Carolina

Friday, November 6th, 2009

A frost advisory is in effect Saturday morning for Pender County and other surrounding areas in Southeastern N.C.

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NAACP leaders push for public option in NC

Friday, November 6th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The president of the NAACP says too many North Carolina residents lack health insurance for people on Capitol Hill to delay passage of a health care overhaul bill until
2010.

Benjamin Todd Jealous spoke Thursday at a news conference in Raleigh with the Rev. William Barber, president of the state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

Jealous was responding to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid’s suggestion this week that Congress may fail to meet a year-end deadline to get a bill to President Obama. Jealous said the tens of millions of people who lack insurance coverage, many of whom are poor, black or both, can’t wait any longer.

The House is poised to vote this weekend on its health care bill.

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

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The president of the NAACP says too many North Carolina residents lack health insurance for people on Capitol Hill to delay passage of a health care overhaul bill until
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Inside 911: Dealing with calls

Friday, November 6th, 2009

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When 911 operators answer a call, they never know what they are going to hear on the other end of the line. Whether it’s a medical emergency, or a prank call, there are certain questions dispatchers have to ask.

“Who, what, when, where, why, and weapons. Generally, those are the questions that need to be asked the most,” said 911 operator Christopher Enyart.

The more information the caller can provide, the better the response. While you are answering more questions, help is already on the way.

When someone calls 911 they usually hear at least two or three rings before a call reaches the 911 center. In just those few seconds the phone relays your name, location, and phone number. But in an emergency, a few rings can seem like an eternity.

“As we all know, you’re on the phone it seems like it can take several minutes for someone to get there when in reality it’s only been 30 seconds,” said 911 operator Vic Rule.

Other calls are not so urgent. “We get a lot of calls on the 911 lines that start, “Well this is not really an emergency,” Enyart said.

Even when 911 is the right number to call, some responses are more haunting than others.

If you call 911 accidentally, do not hang up. 911 operators have to return every hang up and gather information. That can tie up the line, making it harder for people with true emergencies to get through.

You can also view part one of this series, Inside 911: The job of an operator.

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videoThey are there whenever we need them, but 911 operators have an often thankless job. No matter how big or small the emergency, they take the time to walk us through our time of crisis.

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Pender county given recovery zone designation

Friday, November 6th, 2009

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There is good news for growing business in Pender County. The county has been given a recovery zone designation, based on its high rates of unemployment, poverty and foreclosure.

The designation means businesses looking to develop, expand, or renovate could tap into 2 million dollars of tax exempt stimulus funding.

“The smaller guys are always overlooked, and we give to the economy just as much as we gain. So I think it affects everybody,” said Burgaw business owner Tina Merritt.

County officials have to apply for the government funding on behalf of the businesses. Individual businesses, shopping centers, hotels, and office facilities are eligible.

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There is good news for growing business in Pender County. The county has been given a recovery zone designation, based on its high rates of unemployment, poverty and foreclosure.

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Wilmington police investigating home invasion

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Wilmington | Police are investigating a home invasion Wednesday night at the 300 block of North MacMillan Avenue.About 10:40 p.m., three men kicked in the back door of the home and demanded money and drugs, according to a statement from Lucy Crockett, spokeswoman for the Wilmington Police Department.

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