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Archive for November, 2011

UPDATE: Students to report to class as usual, after search for gunman locks down UNCW

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Classes are going on as scheduled at UNC Wilmington after the campus was locked down overnight. The security measure was put in place around midnight after a man reportedly robbed at least one person at gunpoint in the parking lot of a Hardee’s on South College Road and then ran off through campus.

Shortly after receiving the report, UNCW set out phone, text and e-mail alerts to students telling them to shelter in place while police searched for the suspect. That alert was lifted at 5 a.m. The suspect, described as a 5’11” light-skinned black male weighing about 230 lbs. wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and a red bandana, is still on the run.

The university says extra security is on campus and police continue to investigate. Students are free to move about the campus but should remain alert and report any suspicious activity to police. Classes start at normal hours today. For further updates, monitor cell phone, the UNCW homepage, local media, www.uncw.edu/alert and the Emergency Information Hotline at (910) 962-3991.

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Hertford police chief fired over Facebook link

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

HERTFORD, NC (AP) — Hertford’s town manager says the police chief has been fired because he linked a news report about a town’s council candidate’s arrest to the police department’s Facebook page.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reported that town manager Brandon Shoaf said the link was posted Nov. 8, election day. The link took readers to a Virginia television station’s story about Quentin Jackson, the council candidate who was jailed the weekend before the election on a contempt of court charge.

Shoaf says former police Chief Joe Amos didn’t post any comments with the link. He says he thinks Amos made a bad judgment call in posting the story.

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

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Global Nuclear Fuel won’t contest NRC fine

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Federal regulators wants to fine a Wilmington-based Global Nuclear Fuel. The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has proposed a $17,500 civil penalty against Global Nuclear Fuel–Americas LLC for violations of NRC requirements related to a March incident at the fuel manufacturing facility.

“GNF has worked with the NRC to analyze the situation and has implemented short-term corrective actions,” GNF spokesman Michael Tetuan said in a statement. “GNF presented its progress of its corrective actions to the NRC at a public meeting at the end of September and has cooperated fully with the agency. GNF will not contest the civil penalty.

A news release from the NRC says the violations involved a failure of Global Nuclear Fuel’s staff to maintain mass control of uranium oxide in particulate air filters in one area of the facility. On March 2, Global Nuclear Fuel advised the NRC that its staff had identified that an excessive amount of uranium oxide powder has been present in the filter housing. There was no actual criticality, the release says, though the quantity of material could have posed a criticality threat if other safety features had not been in place. GNF says as soon as the problem was discovered, the equipment was shut down and the issue reported to the NRC.

A criticality can occur when nuclear materials come together in sufficient quantity or in a container of correct shape to initiate a chain reaction resulting in either a “burst” or a sustained release of radiation. A small criticality event would not be expected to affect people or the environment outside the facility, but could be serious for workers in the immediate area.

“At no time did this issue impact the health or safety of our employees, customers, the environment or the public,” Tetuan said. “GNF will continue to implement long-term corrective actions to prevent a recurrence of this problem.”

A NRC Special Inspection Team identified the violations associated with the failure to maintain mass control. At a Sept. 29 predecisional enforcement conference, Global Nuclear Fuel officials acknowledged the violations and presented details of corrective actions to prevent a recurrence of the event.

The NRC proposed a $17,500 civil penalty for the violations partly because the company has been the subject of escalated enforcement within the past two years. The company has 30 days to either pay the civil penalty or protest its imposition.

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Occupy Wilmington issues first news release

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

DOWNTOWN WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — Occupy Wilmington NC was inspired by the actions of Occupy Wall Street to empower American citizens disenfranchised by political and financial systems. The General Assembly of Occupy Wilmington NC, with a current member total of over 1,000 residents in Wilmington and surrounding areas, has voted to file 501c3 and pursue nonprofit status as the first step in a long term program for financial and economic change that must start on a local level.

With a membership including nurses, medical professionals, teachers, software and IT developers, construction workers, veterans, artists, and many others from diverse occupational backgrounds, Occupy Wilmington NC would like to share our vast set of knowledge and skills to empower the people of Wilmington and surrounding areas to take charge of their financial situation and improve the local economy. As Occupy members across the nation fight bravely for financial change and breakdown of socioeconomic barriers, Occupy Wilmington NC continues to think globally and act locally.

In downtown Wilmington, Occupy Wilmington NC members have set up a free community book and toy exchange program, and the group is actively accepting toys, books, clothing, and blankets that will be made available at no cost to community members in need. As a nonprofit organization, Occupy Wilmington NC will conduct no-cost job skills training workshops, facilitate volunteer organization with current local nonprofit organizations, and provide free financial information to Wilmington citizens.

Occupy Wilmington NC promotes positive community action and involvement, as demonstrated by our record of zero arrests and zero crimes during the life of the organization. The group has opened dialogs for cooperation with several local nonprofit groups and businesses, and we are actively seeking organizations that may be interested in cooperative programs to increase opportunities for our members to use their individual talents to empower local residents.

Occupy Wilmington NC will continue to raise awareness through active community demonstration with an increased emphasis on organization of community empowerment projects, such as job skills training, community workshops, and cooperation with other nonprofit groups. We hope to have the support of the community. We encourage community members act locally getting involved in these events, donating time or materials, or hosting events. Community members may contact us through our website at OccupyWilmingtonNC.org

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Deal gives BofA rights to Charlotte airport ATMs

Tuesday, November 15th, 2011

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A deal to give Bank of America exclusive rights to all automated teller machines at Charlotte-Douglas International Airport is expected to provide the airport with $1.6 million in annual revenue, more than twice what it now makes.

The Charlotte Observer reported that the Charlotte City Council approved the three-year deal with the bank Monday night. It takes effect in January.

The change gives travelers fewer ways to get cash without a fee. Four banks now have ATMs at the airport — Bank of America, Wells Fargo, BB&T and First Citizens. They pay rent for each location and a percentage of total receipts.

Aviation director Jerry Orr says Bank of America handles about 70 percent of ATM transaction at the airport. Other airports also have exclusive deals with banks.

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

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