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Archive for September, 2011

NC says wine industry grew 58 percent in 4 years

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A study finds North Carolina’s once-fledgling wine industry, grape growers and related businesses are directly responsible for employing about 3,800 and those workers generate another 3,700 jobs.

Gov. Bev Perdue’s office said Wednesday the state’s wine and grape industry generated an impact of $1.28 billion on the state’s economy in 2009, an increase of almost 60 percent since 2005. More than half the jobs directly tied to the industry come from tourism, as people visit the 106 wineries now operating in nearly half the state’s counties.

North Carolina ranks ninth in wine and grape production in the United States.

The study, done for the state Commerce Department, is being released as the state celebrates September as Wine Appreciation Month.

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

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Watchdog group slams John Edwards indictment

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A government watchdog group wants to support John Edwards in a campaign finance case against the former presidential candidate.

Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington asked a court Wednesday for permission to file a motion on behalf of Edwards. The group says the federal government’s case against Edwards would radically alter campaign law for the worse if it succeeds.

Melanie Sloan, the group’s executive director, says the prosecution’s argument could theoretically criminalize any expenditure by candidates during campaigns. She says the group isn’t seeking to defend Edwards’ personal conduct.

The former senator and Democratic vice presidential nominee is accused of using campaign funds to cover up an affair during his run for the White House. He has pleaded not guilty.

His trial is scheduled to begin in January.

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

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ONLY ON 3: Leland’s top cop recommended for termination

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — We’ve been telling you since last week about all the issues with the Leland Police Department and specifically Police Chief Tim Jayne. We’ve now learned there was a recommendation that Jayne be fired earlier this year.

According to a source close to the situation, Leland’s then assistant town manager conducted an investigation earlier this year into corruption and policy violations by Jayne. After the investigation, a recommendation was made to Town Manager Bill Farris that Jayne be fired because of the findings.

The source says Farris met with Jayne, and after a heated exchange, Farris overturned the recommendation and let Jayne keep his job.

Tuesday, when we called Farris for comment on a story and told the receptionist who we were, she said the town manager was on vacation until Friday. When we called for comment on this story Wednesday and did not identify ourselves, the call was quickly transferred to Farris in his office.

We asked him about the source’s allegations, and told him that this was his opportunity to tell us point blank if the story was false. He said he could neither confirm or deny the information.

We also reached out to Chief Jayne by phone and e-mail. In both messages, we were very clear with him about the details of our story and the need for him to speak up if the information was not true.

Jayne did return our e-mail. In his message he tried to discredit our source and said we need to “check in the facts.” However, he did not say that the facts of our story were in any incorrect.

Again, we specifically asked both Farris and Jayne to tell us if the allegations were untrue. Neither would answer that question directly.

Leland Mayor Pro Tem Brenda Bozeman released a statement today about the many issues we’ve uncovered. In it she said, “Council is taking appropriate actions under the appropriate laws of the state for town ordinances.”

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Locally-shot ‘Revenge’ premieres tonight on WWAY & ABC

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new TV show that shot its pilot in the Wilmington area hits the air tonight. "Revenge" premieres at 10 p.m. on ABC and WWAY.

The drama, set in New York’s tony Hamptons, stars Emily VanCamp and Madeleine Stowe.

ABC says only the first episode was shot in our area before production moved to the west coast. Still, there’s plenty of local scenery to see.

Click on the video link above for a first look at "Revenge."

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Revamped Pine Grove Drive, Masonboro Loop Road intersection opens

Wednesday, September 21st, 2011

The revamped intersection of Pine Grove Drive and Masonboro Loop Road opened Wednesday morning, as work on the intersection continues ahead of schedule, said Carl Farmer, a capital projects division engineer with the city of Wilmington.

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