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Archive for December, 2011

North Carolina DOT holds public hearings on ports

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

ST. JAMES, NC (AP) — The state Department of Transportation is holding three public meetings this week about what role ports should play in North Carolina’s economy.

The hearings are scheduled for Tuesday in St. James; Wednesday in Wilmington; and Thursday in Morehead City. Each meeting will begin at 4 p.m., with DOT staff and consultants working on the N.C. Maritime Strategy planning study available to answer questions.

A two-hour public comment period will begin at 6 p.m.

North Carolina has ports in Wilmington and Morehead City. A deep water port called the North Carolina International Terminal was proposed in 2006 for Southport, near St. James.

The state Ports Authority canceled the plans in July. But the authority’s jurisdiction has been moved from the Commerce Department to DOT, prompting the maritime study.

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

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Henderson sheriff won’t talk about private life

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

HENDERSONVILLE, NC (AP) — The attorney for Henderson County Sheriff Rick Davis says his client won’t talk about his private life or discuss possible legal settlements involving employees.

Davis said Nov. 23 he would be away from the job for treatment of a mental health condition.

His attorney on Monday responded to county commissioners who asked about any possible legal settlement the sheriff or his office made with an employee. There have been allegations Davis engaged in inappropriate behavior with a female employee.

Commissioners say Davis should return to work immediately or take a formal leave of absence.

Joseph McGuire said late Monday afternoon that Davis would not talk about his private life.

Commission chairman Thomas Thompson says the panel only knows the county has paid an insurance deductible for a claim against Davis.

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

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Ex-Penn State coach Sandusky waives hearing

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

By MARK SCOLFORO and MARYCLAIRE DALE
Associated Press

BELLEFONTE, PA (AP) — A prosecutor says he is surprised that former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky waived his preliminary hearing on child sex-abuse charges.

Deputy Attorney General Marc Costanzo says the amount of publicity generated by Sandusky’s attorney made the decision unexpected. He says, however, that the decision was not unusual given the strength of the state’s case.

Sandusky’s next court appearance is scheduled for Jan. 11.

Michael Boni, a lawyer for one accuser, says he is encouraged by the development.

The accusers “do not have to relive the horrors they experience up on the witness stand” by having to testify at the hearing and at trial.

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

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North CNC billboards to express support for immigrants

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A Raleigh-based nonprofit is unveiling a statewide billboard campaign in support of immigrants.

Uniting NC will unveil the campaign Tuesday at the Raleigh offices of Que Pasa Media. Participating in the news conference will be Rabbi Eric Solomon of Beth Meyer Synagogue; the Rev. Diane Faires of St. Paul’s Christian Church; and Fiaz Fareed, the outreach coordinator for the Islamic Association of Raleigh.

Uniting NC says the three faith leaders will call on North Carolinians to “welcome the stranger” this holiday season and to treat immigrants with respect.

The first billboards will go up in Raleigh, followed by Durham, Mebane, Charlotte, Asheville and Goldsboro. More than 250 people paid for the billboards.

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

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Coast Guard flies man to NC hospital

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — The Coast Guard has flown a man with a medical condition from a cruise ship to a North Carolina hospital.

Coast Guard officials said they were contacted Monday afternoon by the doctor on the Norwegian cruise ship Gem who reported a 38-year-old man was going into shock. The ship was about 75 miles east of Wilmington at the time.

A helicopter from the Coast Guard Air Station in Elizabeth City flew the man from the ship to New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington.

The Coast Guard says the man was in stable condition. His name was not released.

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

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