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Archive for October, 2011

Wilmington man sentenced to 16 years for dealing drugs

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

A Wilmington man was sentenced Thursday to 16 years in prison for federal drug charges.

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Blue Knights tee off to help charities

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Beau Rivage Golf Course was taken over by the Blue Knights for a good cause today.

The Blue Knights are a non-profit fraternal organization of active and retired law enforcement officers who enjoy riding motorcycles. Their seventh annual golf benefit hosted nearly 20 teams.

“It’s our primary fundraiser, which enables us to make various donations to local charities throughout the area and to the Relay for Life event that we normally donate to,” member Dennis Gan said.

The Blue Knights raise money for various charities such as the Make-a-Wish Foundation, Toys for Tots, DARE and police injured in the line of duty.

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FIRST ON 3: Finger pointing begins on why NC lost “Project Soccer”; Gov’s office releases previously confidential documents

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The State Legislature and the Governor’s Office are going back and forth today on why Continental Tire decided to pick South Carolina to build a new plant.

State Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger blames Gov. Bev Perdue and what he calls “pay-to-play politics,” referring to a story the Associated Press did recently on people close to the governor who would have profited by the sale of land in Brunswick County.

The Governor’s Office contends Berger and the legislature knew everything about the offer that was on the table and approved it.

This afternoon, the Governor’s Office released the chain of correspondence related to the pitching of the project.


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NC says Irene already has cost the state $29M

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Bev Perdue’s point man on Hurricane Irene recovery in North Carolina says the administration will soon formally ask the Legislature for additional money for the cleanup.

Former Congressman Bob Etheridge said Thursday state officials will have a better idea on the dollar amount they’ll need when they get more detailed figures about emergency assistance at the end of this month. The General Assembly is scheduled to meet Nov. 7.

The Division of Emergency Management says North Carolina is already on the hook for about $29 million for the state’s share of financial assistance for individuals, businesses and local governments.

Lawmakers could tap into a reserve fund designed for emergencies that currently has nearly $300 million.

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

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Politicians trade jabs over blocked Project Soccer incentives

Thursday, October 6th, 2011

One way or another, it appears state politics killed Brunswick County’s chances at landing a large tire plant and more than 1,000 jobs that would have come with it.South Carolina officials are expected to announce Thursday that Continental Tire will make a $1 billion investment in Sumter, S.C. The company had also strongly considered a site at the Mid-Atlantic Logistics Center near the border of Brunswick and Columbus counties.N.C. politicians on both sides of the aisle and state officials were expected to address the media today, likely to blame the other side.

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