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Archive for October, 2011

Topsail MS student wins award at national science fair

Monday, October 10th, 2011

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A few weeks ago, we told you about a local science standout headed to the national science fair. He’s back home with an award.

Chad Campbell, a Topsail Middle School 7th grader, took home the “Rising Star Award” for his project “The Debate on Your Plate.” It looked at the levels of antibiotics in the food we eat.

While in Washington, Chad met with Rep. Mike McIntyre and Sen. Kay Hagan. He talked to them about his project.

The competition featured 30 young scientists from across the country.

Chad has now been invited to an international science fair in Pittsburgh in May.

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School district investigating gun found in student’s car

Monday, October 10th, 2011

PENDER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An investigation is underway in Pender County after a gun was found in a student’s car on school property Friday night.

The school district says the gun was found in the car while Topsail High played its homecoming football game. A district spokeswoman could not say if the student has been disciplined.

The school system hopes the investigation will wrap up quickly, so it can say more about the incident.

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Pender commissioners work on potential redistricting maps

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Pender County commissioners continue to take steps toward redistricting, traveling to Raleigh last week to begin working on potential maps containing new district lines for the county.

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NC 12 in Outer Banks to reopen tonight

Monday, October 10th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The road that links the mainland to Hatteras Island is ready to reopen, more than a month after damage from Hurricane Irene blocked land access to that portion of the Outer Banks.

State Department of Transportation spokeswoman Greer Beaty says NC 12 will reopen to traffic by Monday evening.

The famed two-lane highway has been closed since Irene struck on Aug. 27. The Category 1 storm carved a new inlet north of Rodanthe and several breaches in the road that have required extensive repairs and restoration.

State officials said last week the road would be reopened by Tuesday.

Repair work has included the construction of a temporary bridge over a new inlet on the north end of Hatteras Island. Engineers hope a permanent solution will be ready by 2016.

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

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Prosecutors question conflict for Edwards lawyer

Monday, October 10th, 2011

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Federal prosecutors are questioning whether one of the lawyers defending former presidential contender John Edwards on campaign finance charges has a conflict of interest.

Washington lawyer Abbie Lowell previously represented two potential witnesses in the case, including the widow of former Edwards national campaign finance chairman Fred Barron.

If a judge determines there is a conflict, it could prompt Lowell’s exclusion from parts of the case.

Barron provided much of the nearly $1 million used in 2007 to help support Edwards’ then-pregnant mistress.

Lowell said in a statement Monday he had already discussed the issue with prosecutors and plans to respond in a court filing.

Edwards is charged with six felony and misdemeanor counts. He has pleaded not guilty. A trial is scheduled to begin in January.

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

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