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Boseman decides to put politics on back burner

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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Julia Boseman will be putting politics on hold for a while. Boseman’s partner is expecting a baby boy, and she says it’s time to focus on her family.

State Senator Julia Boseman says you can’t put a price on your family, and with a new baby on the way, she doesn’t want to miss a minute.

Julia Boseman says this baby nursery is still a work in progress, all that’s she’s waiting on is a sailboat blanket, and her new baby boy.

“When I’m in the long session, I’m up there four days a week, January through August, so your summer is gone and that’s when the kids are out of school, which that has been difficult. Just being away has been difficult. Now with a little boy on the way, I don’t want to miss it,” Boseman said.

Boseman’s partner is expecting in January, a due date that can’t come soon enough for the two moms. But devoting all of her time to her son Jacob, and new baby means putting her political career on hold.

“I plan on staying and serving my term as the senator for this district, until the end of 2010. I look forward to continuing to serve, but I felt that I needed to announce, and let other people have a chance,” Boseman said.

The three term state senator has stood out in her career and in her personal life, putting her name on a number of bills, but as the only gay and lesbian member of the general assembly, the past couple years have been tumultous.

There was a drawn-out custody battle between Boseman and her former partner, and foreclosure of two homes. Boseman says it’s a good time to put it in neutral and let someone else get behind the wheel.

“Good luck, it’s a tough place in Raleigh. Be prepared to have a thick skin,” she said.

When asked her if this meant she would consider running for Wilmington mayor, she said she doesn’t plan on it, though her son and his friends think it would be a great idea.

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videoBoseman’s partner is expecting in January, a due date that can’t come soon enough for the two moms. But devoting all of her time to her son Jacob, and new baby means putting her political career on hold.

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Jobs are still hard to find

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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For many people the extension of unemployment benefits is a ray of hope, but with the payments still two to three months away, some worry they won’t make it.

We spoke to one man who is praying the help comes sooner than later. “I’m willing to do anything at this point, just to be able to take care of my family. I’m not too proud to do that,” said Terry Jorden.

Terry Jorden lost his job as a plumber in 2007. “The last house that we were working on the contractor just came up to me and told me to stop working where I was at. Just stop.”

Two weeks later, the same thing happened to his wife.

For the next seven months, Terry, his wife, and two kids lived off their savings and collected unemployment; eventually they lost their home.

The family moved to the Wilmington area so his wife could take a ten dollan an hour job with the city. “She went from making $52,000 a year to $22,000.”

Since then Jorden’s unemployment benefits have expired. “I don’t want to draw it now, but right now that’s the only thing I have to feed my family.”

He’s still unemployed, but not for a lack of trying. Jorden says he’s gone on hundreds of job interviews, everywhere from McDonald’s, to Wal-Mart.

The family sold all their valuables. “My wife has even had to pawn her wedding rings.”

But they still can’t make ends meet. “Me and my wife has gone as much as eating toast for three days… it’s hard to look at your children and tell them that there’s just not enough to eat.”

Now Jorden is worried his family could be homeless before the holidays. “We’re already behind two months on rent. It will be three months at the first of the month… their Christmas will maybe be a McDonald’s burger, if we can afford that.”

Jorden says the only reason his family has power is because his landlord pays the bill.

He says he’s adjusted his resume so prospective employers don’t think he’s overqualified for some of the jobs he’s applying for.

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videoFor many people the extension of unemployment benefits is a ray of hope, but with the payments still two to three months away, some worry they won’t make it.

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Beginning to look a lot like Christmas

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas – sort of. Though the weather doesn’t quite feel like Christmas, Christmas trees are already for sale on Market Street near Martin Luther King Boulevard.

Sunnyside Trees sells trees from five feet to fourteen feet tall. They start around 25 dollars. The trees, called Fraser firs, were grown in Jefferson, North Carolina. Sunnyside trees owner Larry Elliott reveals his secret to growing plump and healthy Christmas trees.

“I’ve been growing trees for about 30 years, and you have to pray with them, and sing to them, talk to them, and sometimes get a little aggravated with them, but anyway, we plant the trees, and we get a lot of credit for growing them,” said Elliott.

This is Sunnyside’s first time selling trees in Wilmington. The guys are camping out for the next month until they’re all gone. They have all the supplies to get you home with a good tree.

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It is beginning to look a lot like Christmas – sort of. Though the weather doesn’t quite feel like Christmas, Christmas trees are already for sale on Market Street near Martin Luther King Boulevard.

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Road block for Skyway Bridge

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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The proposed Skyway Bridge to connect southern Brunswick and New Hanover County has met a potential road block.

Last month, the Department of Transportation held a meeting to discuss options for the bridge. Thursday, Leland Town Council voted unanimously to delay support of the Cape Fear Skyway.

Mayor Walter Futch said he needs more information before approving any of the plans. “I need to hear what Plan B is. If they can’t build the Skyway how are they going to handle the traffic? And if that proposal is to handle the traffic some different way, what would that cost? How efficient would that be? Would it really handle it?”

Leland residents are worried one of the plans for the Skyway could divide neighborhoods and prevent home construction.

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The proposed Skyway Bridge to connect southern Brunswick and New Hanover County has met a potential road block.

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Hannah Montana star’s tour bus crashes, killing 1

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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DINWIDDIE, Va. (AP) – Virginia State Police say one person was killed when a tour bus belonging to Miley Cyrus overturned, but the 16-year-old “Hannah Montana” star was not on board.

Sgt. Thomas Molnar says the bus overturned around 8:15 a.m. Friday on Interstate 85 in Dinwiddie, about 40 miles south of Richmond.

One of the other nine passengers had minor injuries. Police would not identify those aboard.

According to Miley Cyrus’ Web site, the pop singer is scheduled to perform Sunday in Greensboro, N.C.

Miley Cyrus is the daughter of country star Billy Ray Cyrus, who also appears on the family friendly sitcom “Hannah Montana.”

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

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The bus was heaing to Greensboro. Sixteen-year-old “Hannah Montana” star Miley Cyrus was not on board.

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