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Archive for October, 2011

Hearing scheduled in John Edwards criminal case

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — A federal judge in North Carolina is scheduled to hold a hearing in response to five motions filed by lawyers for John Edwards seeking the dismissal of the case against the former presidential candidate.

Edwards’ lawyers argued in motions filed last month that the judge should throw out all six felony and misdemeanor counts, alleging the case was sought by a partisan Republican prosecutor bent on taking down a big-name Democrat.

Prosecutors, in turn, filed a stack of motions ridiculing the arguments seeking dismissal as baseless and ignorant of the law.

Edwards is accused of using about $1 million in undisclosed payments from campaign donors to cover up an affair during his 2008 White House bid.

Edwards 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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Budget Bites: Wicked awesome wing deals

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

Wings are much better for frying than they are for flying.

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New NC abortion restrictions take effect Wednesday

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — New abortion restrictions in North Carolina are set to take effect without a key portion of the measure which focused upon ultrasounds for pregnant women.

Women will be subject to a 24-hour waiting period and have access to information about the risk of abortion and alternatives to the procedure starting Wednesday. The General Assembly approved the law this summer when it overrode Gov. Beverly Perdue’s veto.

A federal judge on Tuesday blocked a provision in which a medical professional performing an ultrasound at least four hours before a scheduled abortion put the image in a place where the woman may view it. The provider also would have had to offer the woman the chance to listen to the fetal heart beat.

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

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Salvage in NC aims to recover Blackbeard’s cannon

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

BEAUFORT, NC (AP) — Researchers hope to raise a one-ton cannon from the wreck of the pirate Blackbeard’s ship, which has been on the ocean floor off the North Carolina coast for nearly 300 years.

The Queen Anne’s Revenge Project expects to bring the cannon onshore Wednesday. The project, named after the flagship, has been working since 1997 to salvage artifacts from the wreck.

The retrieved cannon will be on public display Wednesday in front of the state Maritime Museum in Beaufort before it’s taken to a laboratory for further study.

After nearly three centuries underwater, the cannon has become encased in a cement-like shell of sand, salt and aquatic creatures. It could take years for researchers to learn exactly what the shell contains in addition to the cannon.

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

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Candidate profile: Ricky Meeks

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Election Day is right around the corner, and WWAY wants you to meet the candidates for Wilmington City Council.

Ricky Meeks has become a familiar name and face around town. The 42 year-old, born and raised right here in Wilmington.

“I lived here all my life and I have seen a lot of changes in the City,” Meeks said. “The main thing about Wilmington is traffic and of course population comes with a city like Wilmington. I’m running for city council because I’m looking out for the future of the city and southeastern North Carolina as a region.”

Meeks, who you can often catch at a bus stop, is an advocate for transportation. The city council hopeful says he will make transportation his top priority if elected in November.

“The number one thing in my mind is transportation; better roads and tourism, maybe one day have a train from Wilmington to Raleigh, and a train to Charleston, South Carolina,” said Meeks.

This election is not the first attempt by Meeks to get on an elected seat. The disabled and unemployed man ran for city council and mayor in the past.

“I ran for city council a few times. I ran for mayor in 2003, ran for New Hanover County School board a few times,” Meeks said.

So why run again? Meeks, with a smile on his face, says he understands some people may not like the idea that he continues to run, but says everyone has the right to, including an everyday citizen like himself.

“We got to remember we have constitution rights in America,” said Meeks. “My great uncle fought in the Korean War. He was in the US Army by the way so that gave me some rights to run as a citizen. People who died for our country did not ask if you were black or white or didn’t ask if you were poor or rich.”

Meeks says he does not feel intimidated by the election process or the possibility of sitting on council. He says he was glad to see so many new faces running this time around but hopes in the end the voters will pick Ricky Meeks as their next Wilmington City Council member.

“One thing about Wilmington that we have to keep in mind, that is important to me, is the future of the city,” said Meeks.

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