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Archive for October, 2011

FDA cites dirty equipment in cantaloupe outbreak

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Food and Drug Administration says the deadly listeria outbreak in cantaloupe was probably caused by pools of water on the floor and old, hard-to-clean packing equipment at a Colorado farm.

The agency said Wednesday that contamination at the packing facility at Jensen Farms is likely to blame for the outbreak that killed 25 people in a dozen states. Investigators found positive listeria samples on equipment and fruit there.

The FDA said Jensen Farms had recently purchased used equipment that was corroded and hard to clean. The agency said the way the cantaloupes were cooled after coming off the fields may have also contributed to listeria growth.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says the outbreak sickened 123 people.

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

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Local business briefs – Reda to speak at Women of Influence

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

The president and CEO of GE Hitachi Nuclear Energy will be among speakers at the fourth annual Women of Impact Conference Tuesday.

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Candidate profile: Margaret Haynes

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Election Day is less than a month away, and WWAY wants you to meet the candidates for Wilmington City Council.

City Council hopeful Margaret Haynes describes herself as a North Carolina gal. She was born and raised in Durham, earned her masters in public administration and then worked for a member of Congress handling constituent services.

The former New Hanover County Board of Elections Chair and one time Wilmington City Councilwoman says supporters encouraged her to run. That helped her realize now is the time to serve again.

“I’ve had just a lot of people asking me to run, I mean a lot of people asking me to run. If not me, then who?” Haynes said. “I think we have to get people with a good education and good life experience that have a positive outlook. All this negativity and mean spiritedness gets you nowhere in trying to serve the people, and that’s really what government’s about: using resources wisely and doing what the majority of people want you to do.”

Haynes says another challenge she’s ready to face if elected is public safety, especially downtown.

“I think the safety is the number one priority for municipal government,” she said. “I think we have made great strides in that, and that started when I was on council and others were on council. We’ve got to continue to work on the downtown area, which is really wonderful. I think we got crime under control there, and now we have to do a better public relations job to have people further away from downtown understand that downtown is perfectly safe.”

Haynes, who was appointed in 2008 to fill a vacant seat on City Council, says her experience in that one year has prepared her for the tough decisions that a public official must make.

“I think we’ve got to maintain our tax rate. I think that’s really important, so if that means we have to belt tighten some more, then we’re going to have to do more,” Haynes said.

Come Election Day Haynes is confident voters will see her ideas and love for the city are what will push Wilmington forward in the years to come.

“I think we have to stay positive, we have to work together, and I think those are my assets,” she said. “I care deeply about my community. I want to work with others and bring that energy together to move forward.”

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Disabled man killed in Robeson County home

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

PEMBROKE, NC (AP) — Robeson County authorities say a disabled man has been shot to death at his home in Pembroke.

Sheriff’s Maj. Howard Branch says investigators are treating the death of 32-year-old Carlos Oxendine as a homicide.

Branch says Oxendine was confined to a wheelchair. His caretaker found him dead in his bed about 1 a.m. Tuesday.

Branch says the caretaker told investigators he had left the home about three hours earlier to go to the store.

No arrests have been reported.

The State Bureau of Investigation has been asked to assist in the investigation.

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

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Free grace period reduced to 1 hour in downtown decks; max rate to increase

Wednesday, October 19th, 2011

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