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Archive for November, 2011

Hit and run victim recovering from surgery, more to come

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The victim of a hit and run Thanksgiving night is recovering after surgery and waiting for more.

Joseph Earl Jones Jr. is still in the ICU at New Hanover Regional Medical Center. He had surgery yesterday morning and will need another Friday. His family says Jones is on oxygen and has lost a lot of blood.

Highway Patrol is still looking for the driver who hit Jones on Carolina Beach Road near Monkey Junction. Troopers are looking for a 1995 Chevrolet pick-up, Tahoe or Suburban with damage to the front right side.

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NC approves deal to bring Chiquita from Ohio

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina economic development panel has approved a $22 million incentives deal to bring the global headquarters of banana giant Chiquita Brands International from Cincinnati to Charlotte.

The state Economic Investment Committee voted Tuesday to approve the deal, which includes more than $20 million in state incentives and more than $2 million from local government.

The panel says the move of Chiquita’s headquarters, along with research and development laboratories, will bring about 375 jobs to the state by 2014. The jobs are supposed to pay an average of about $107,000.

Committee members say the incentives were needed to give Charlotte an edge over Ohio, Florida and Louisiana.

Messages were left with the company in Cincinnati. A formal announcement was expected later Tuesday in Charlotte.

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

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Occupy protestor arrested in Wilmington

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

WILMINGTON NC (WWAY) — Occupy Wilmington protestors have been getting a lot of attention, but not always the type they wanted. The group protesting Wall Street greed as well as local issues was one member less after an arrest Sunday night.

Wilmington Police ordered protestors off the City Hall lawn, but they say 16-year-old Shelby Lentz refused to leave and was arrested.

“They threatened to arrest anyone who did not leave, and I was the one who was vocal with my opinion and asked everyone, ‘Are we going to walk away?'” Lentz said. “That’s when they were not happy with me any longer, and I continued to ask them questions in a respectful manner, and they still wanted to escalate the situation to an arrest.”

Protestors were out in small numbers and have moved to the top of the city hall steps where they hoped to avoid police attention, but late Monday night Wilmington Police arrived on the scene. No word at this time of any additional arrests.

Shelby wants his voice to be heard and it will be in court January 11.

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NC mountains residents under flood threat

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) – Forecasters are warning residents in the North Carolina mountains that up to six inches of rain could fall on the area and lead to flooding.

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that the National Weather Service has issued a flood watch that extends into Tuesday for Madison, Buncombe and Henderson counties and all western North Carolina counties west of those three.

There is a 60 percent chance of rain on Tuesday.

A flood warning has been issued for the French Broad River at Blantyre near the Henderson-Transylvania county line from through Tuesday night. Minor flooding is expected, with water in nearby agricultural fields and over some roadways. Flood stage at that site is 16 feet, and the river is expected to crest at about 18 feet early Tuesday.

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

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‘Cyber Monday’ sales rise 33 percent

Tuesday, November 29th, 2011

NEW YORK (AP) — A new report says a record number of shoppers made purchases online on the Monday after the Thanksgiving holiday weekend, pushing sales up 33 percent.

The report from IBM Benchmark says the average order rose 2.6 percent to $193.24 on the day known as “Cyber Monday,” when retailers amp up online promotions. The data says about 80 percent of retailers offered online deals.

It says traffic peaked at 2:05 p.m. Eastern.

About 6.6 percent used a mobile device to shop, up from 2.3 percent in 2010. The Cyber Monday numbers point to Americans’ growing comfort with using their personal computers, tablets and smartphones to shop.

A clearer picture of how holiday sales are shaping up will come on Thursday, when major retailers report November sales.

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

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