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Archive for October, 2011

Shelter resident rescues kitten from pipe

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

LEXINGTON, NC (AP) — A kitten is safe and living in a new home, thanks to a resident at a homeless shelter in Davidson County.

The Dispatch of Lexington reported that residents of the Crisis Ministry of Davidson County homeless shelter heard the kitten for several days. All efforts to retrieve it from the storm drainage pipe had failed.

Shelter resident Cole McCassland tried a couple of times by shimmying through the pipe. Just when he thought he might have the kitten, it ran further into the pipe. But McCassland’s efforts paid off Friday when he surfaced with the kitten, who’s about 8 weeks old. The kitten is now living with Crisis Ministry employee Britnie Daugherty, who brings him to work.

She let McCassland choose the kitten’s name, Lucky.

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

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Offshore wind forum tonight

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Is energy and money blowing in the wind along our coast? That’s the topic of discussion at an offshore wind forum tonight at UNCW.

The NC Chapter of the Sierra Club, Oceana and UNCW are hosting the forum. They say studies from UNC-Chapel Hill and National Energy Resources Laboratory have shown that North Carolina has the best offshore wind resources on the East coast. They also say the Scientific Advisory Panel on Offshore Energy, created by Gov. Bev Perdue in 2009, recently found that wind turbines would likely be the least intrusive option for energy production off the NC coast. The panel also noted that offshore wind could go a long way in meeting the state’s energy needs.

Tonight’s forum will bring together elected officials, academic experts, business leaders and community members to discuss the potential for offshore wind in the state. Panelists include: State Treasurer Janet Cowell; Brian O’Hara, President of the North Carolina Offshore Wind Coalition; Dr. Pete Peterson, Professor of Marina Sciences at UNC-Chapel Hill; Rob Propes, Development Manager for APEX Wind Energy; Larry Shirley, Director of the Green Economy for the NC Department of Commerce.

The forum is from 7 to 9 p.m. at the Warwick Center on campus.

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New Hanover collects air data for potential EPA sanction appeal

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The Environmental Protection Agency won’t decide until February whether New Hanover County violates air-quality standards, but state and county officials are continuing to collect emissions data they say could help them appeal any potential sanctions.

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Nasdaq gives Waccamaw Bankshares trading extension

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

The Nasdaq Stock Exchange has given Waccamaw Bankshares another chance to stay listed for trading, this time until as late as Dec. 5, according to an SEC filing Tuesday by the parent of Waccamaw Bank.

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AccuWeather: Don’t expect much snow in NC this winter

Wednesday, October 5th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — If you’re a fan of winter, don’t expect the extreme cold we’ve seen the last two years in North Carolina, according to AccuWeather.

The weather forecasting company’s long-range forecast for winter 2011-2012 calls for milder weather around the southeast, including mainly rain in North Carolina, as opposed to frozen precipitation like we’ve seen the last couple of winters.

AccuWeather’s long-range forecast also calls for the harshest winter weather to be focused in the upper midwest.

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