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Archive for September, 2011

Southport officials want briefing on roundabout

Friday, September 9th, 2011

The N.C. Department of Transportation has proposed installing a roundabout at N.C. 87 and N.C. 211 when 211 is widened to four lanes.

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Etheridge becomes adviser for NC storm recovery

Friday, September 9th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Former US Rep. Bob Etheridge is moving from one state job to another, this time helping fellow Democrat Gov. Bev Perdue manage North Carolina’s recovery efforts following Hurricane Irene.

Perdue appointed Etheridge on Friday as a special adviser on the storm – a job that’s expected to last three months. He’ll step down as head of the state Office of Economic Recovery and Investment, where he’s been since February. That office oversees North Carolina’s share of the federal stimulus program.

Etheridge is from Harnett County and served seven terms in Congress before losing to Renee Ellmers last November. He’s also a former superintendent of public instruction.

The North Carolina Rural Center will foot the bill for his salary, prorated at Etheridge’s current $98,500 annual salary.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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President Obama to promote jobs bill in NC

Friday, September 9th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — President Obama is coming to North Carolina to talk about his proposal to create jobs.

The White House said Friday in a news release that Obama will visit the Raleigh-Durham area Wednesday to talk about the $447 billion program of tax cuts and new spending he unveiled Thursday before a joint session of Congress.

Obama has offered no estimate of the number of jobs his plan would create. He said the tax cuts he recommends would mean $1,500 a year for the typical working family and $80,000 for businesses with 50 employees of average pay. Unemployment has been stuck at 9.1 percent for two consecutive months.

Obama also visited North Carolina in June, when he spoke about job creation at Cree Inc. in Durham.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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UNCW students come together to honor 9/11 victims

Friday, September 9th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — UNC Wilmington students remembered 9/11 in their own unique way today.

Students honored local first responders and those who served on September 11. The main attraction was the human formation of the twin towers surrounded by a pentagon. Thousands of students participated, and each held a name of one of the victims of 9/11.

“This is for our students to come together as a community to reflect and to remember and then to show our surrounding area that we remember the events, and we respect the fallen, and we respect the people that serve us everyday,” 9/11: We Remember co-chair Alexis Gonzalez said.

Gonzalez said the event is all about respect and remembrance.

Most of the students who participated were young on September 11, 2001, but say they remember the events vividly and honor those who stepped up to help that day.

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NC man tied to NYC/DC terror threat?

Friday, September 9th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (WTVD) — One of eight men accused of plotting terror in North Carolina may be behind what U.S. officials call a credible threat of a plan to bomb American cities on the tenth anniversary of Sept. 11.

Counterterrorism officials are chasing what they call a credible but unconfirmed tip that al-Qaida has plans to set off a car bomb in New York City or Washington, with bridges or tunnels as potential targets. It was the first word of a possible “active plot” timed to coincide with commemoration of the terror group’s attacks a decade ago.

The FBI and Homeland Security Department issued a joint intelligence bulletin Thursday night to law enforcement around the country urging them to maintain increased security and be on the lookout for suspicious activity.

Officials told ABC News Thursday the alleged terror plot was initiated by new al Qaeda chief Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden’s successor, who had pledged to avenge bin Laden’s death earlier this year at the hands of U.S. Navy SEALs.

“As we know from the intelligence gathered from the Osama bin Laden raid, al Qaeda has shown an interest in important dates and anniversaries, such as 9/11. In this instance, it’s accurate that there is specific, credible but unconfirmed threat information,” Department of Homeland Security spokesman Matthew Chandler said in a statement Thursday.

In addition to al-Zawahiri and a top lieutenant, the Wall Street Journal reported Friday that three other suspected al Qaeda leaders may be involved. They included 22-year-old Jude Kenan Mohammad.

Mohammad, a Fuquay-Varina High School dropout, was amongst a group of eight prosecutors say was organized by Daniel Patrick Boyd that allegedly plotted to support overseas terrorism. Boyd pleaded guilty in February to charges of conspiracy to provide material support to terrorists and conspiracy to murder, kidnap, maim and injure persons in a foreign country. One of Boyd’s son’s also agreed to a plea deal, while five others await trial.

For the rest of this story, visit http://abclocal.go.com/wtvd/story?section=news/local&id=8347682

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