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Archive for October, 2011

Rep. Hill: Senate leader blocking ‘Project Soccer’ for NC

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It looks like “Project Soccer” will kick off in South Carolina instead of North Carolina. The project was expected to bring hundred of jobs to our area and millions of dollars in investments.

For months southeastern North Carolina has been in competition with South Carolina to score “Project Soccer,” which is the code name for what is believed to be Continental Tire’s newest manufacturing plant. But state Rep. Dewey Hill (D-20th District) says it’s not likely to happen in the Tar Heel State.

Hill says both states have offered $45 million to the tiremaker, but South Carolina has offered the money up front throwing us out of the game. Hill says North Carolina still has a small chance of winning the project, but it would mean support from state Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger, the highest ranking Republican in the Senate.

Hill says right now Berger is not willing to commit.

“His reputation will go down in Brunswick and Columbus, Bladen, New Hanover and Pender, I guarantee it big time, if he messes this deal up,” Rep. Hill said. “I believe he probably needs to take a look at that right now.”

Hill says Continental Tire officials from Germany are flying into the area tonight. He expects them to announce that they have chosen South Carolina for the project.

Sen. Berger’s spokeswoman said that Berger cannot comment until the company makes a final decision.

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Feds say chemical in Lejeune water is carcinogen

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

By MARTHA WAGGONER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Government researchers have classified a chemical found in the drinking water at Camp Lejeune for decades as a known cause of cancer in humans.

The Environmental Protection Agency last week said the chemical TCE is a known human carcinogen. It was found in water at Camp Lejeune before wells were closed two decades ago. Health officials believe as many as 1 million people may have been exposed.

A spokeswoman says the Marine Corps hasn’t decided whether to alert former residents about the new classification. A federal study of the water is unaffected.

US Rep. Brad Miller hopes the change will help his bill that would require the government to provide health care to veterans and their families who got sick because of the water.

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

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Diligence home from mission in Caribbean

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Family and friends welcomed home the crew of the Coast Guard Cutter Diligence this afternoon. The ship returned from a 45-day multi-mission patrol in the Caribbean.

The ship patrolled the caribbean for drug smugglers, alien immigration and also participated in search and rescues.

Roses, hugs and kisses filled the Riverwalk in front of the Diligence’s dock.

The diligence intercepted more than 3,000 pounds of cocaine during this patrol.

It leaves on another mission some time in the middle of December.

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Fourth rabies case of year reported in New Hanover County

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) -— New Hanover County Animal Control Services has confirmed the fourth case of rabies for the year. ACS officers were called to a Rabbit Run Road residence on Saturday where a wild raccoon had fought with the homeowner’s dogs. The dogs were current on their rabies vaccines and have received booster shots. The owners were also notified that they may have been exposed to the virus from handling the dogs.

US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention guidelines recommend animals that are not current on their rabies vaccinations be destroyed. Pets with up to date vaccinations should be re-boostered within five days. Pets should never be handled without protective gloves after being exposed to wildlife, due to the potential for carrying residual saliva from the infected animal. All pets should be vaccinated as a primary defense against the spread of rabies.

There are three primary routes of transmission of the rabies virus, which is carried in the saliva of the infected animal: 1) the primary route of transmission is through a bite which breaks the skin of the victim, 2) salivary contact to an open, fresh wound, or, 3) salivary contact to the mucous membranes of a potential victim.

When dealing with primary rabies vectors (raccoons, foxes, skunks, and bats) or unknown animals, such as wildlife, it is recommended that the animal be handled with protective gloves to prevent viral transmission. People should stay away from any animal that they have not been cleared to hold or pet, including owned dogs or cats, and especially wildlife.

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New Hanover County sees fourth rabies case

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

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