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Archive for January, 2012

VOTE 2012: McCrory in town Thursday

Monday, January 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Republican gubernatorial candidiate Pat McCrory’s campaign announced today he will be in Wilmington Thursday. The former Charlotte mayor will make an appearance at Breaktime (127 South College Road) around noon.

McCrory will formally announce his run for governor tomorrow. He’s the first Republican since Lt. Gov. Jim Gardner in 1992 to have a clear path to the GOP gubernatorial nomination.

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Judge delays case on contempt for Edwards aide

Monday, January 30th, 2012

HILLSBOROUGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina judge has delayed a hearing on whether a former aide to John Edwards should be held in contempt.

Andrew Young, his wife and their lawyers could face jail time for providing confidential documents from a state civil case to federal officials prosecuting the two-time presidential candidate.

Former Edwards mistress Rielle Hunter sued the Youngs last year to recover personal items that include a purported sex tape she recorded with Edwards as he sought the White House.

Judge Michael Morgan postponed Monday’s hearing to a date to be determined so a new prosecutor can be assigned to the case.

The Youngs say they were complying with a secret federal subpoena when they turned over sealed evidence that included a deposition from Edwards.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Rep. Bill Faison says he’s running for governor

Monday, January 30th, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Democratic state Rep. Bill Faison announced his bid for North Carolina governor on Saturday, saying he’s the best candidate to restore education and health care jobs through his work in the Legislature and when he reaches the Executive Mansion next January.

Faison’s decision means there will now definitely be a Democratic gubernatorial primary in May. Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton joined the race within hours of Gov. Beverly Perdue announcing Thursday she wouldn’t seek a second term. At least a half-dozen other Democrats are considering whether they have the money, message and organization to win the nomination and take on likely Republican nominee Pat McCrory in November.

“I’ve heard the requests to step up and assume a position of leadership in the state of stepping up on the issues that matter,” Faison said at a Greensboro hotel where the state Democratic Party was meeting. “I believe that what I should do … is to step forward for the people of our state to go and run for the people for the office of governor of our state – to go and run for the office of governor for the reason of implementing solutions that matter, of making the government work for people.”

Faison’s entry was expected: The Orange County medical malpractice attorney had toyed with a gubernatorial bid for months and had been going around the state in campaign-style talking up a plan to raise sales taxes. He predicted in the fall that Perdue wouldn’t run despite her campaign saying for months she would. Perdue was expected to speak Saturday night to the dinner crowd in her first public appearance since her surprising decision not to run for re-election.

Faison, 64, continued his verbal attacks upon Republicans. He blames them for passing a budget last June that cut hundreds of millions of dollars from public schools, the University of North Carolina system and Medicaid. He claims the budget will cost 36,000 public and private sector jobs. Republicans say those job numbers are extremely exaggerated. Republicans passed legislation in 2011 on abortion, voter identification and gay marriage.

“What they’ve had their focus on has been a radical social agenda of a few in their party rather than the issues that matter to all of us, which are jobs education, the economy and energy,” Faison said, surrounded by four of his children and other family members.

But Faison also tried to contrast himself with Dalton, arguing he put out his “jobs plan” to raise the sales tax most people pay from 6.75 percent to 7.45 percent. He’s expanded that plan to other areas, such as working to make sure every high school student has a computer or tablet and free high-speed Internet access at home.

“What I have not seen in the last five months is him or really anyone else at that level really stepping out to really come on board and help move things forward,” he said. “The difference that immediately comes to mind is that not only do I listen, not only have I heard, not only have I come up with a plan that no one else has done but I’m here to implement that plan.”

Dalton said Friday he supports a proposal Perdue rolled out earlier this month to raise the base sales tax to 7.5 percent temporarily, with proceeds designed to protect education. Dalton said he’d be open to other ideas but Republicans haven’t offered anything else.

Faison said he would decide later whether he would give more of his personal funds to his campaign. He already said he’s making a personal loan of $500,000 to his campaign. Dalton had nearly $600,000 in his campaign coffers as of Dec. 31.

Other Democrats considering a gubernatorial bid as the campaign filing period begins Feb. 13 include former state treasurer Richard Moore, current Charlotte Mayor Anthony Foxx and ex-U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge. Many Democrats have also said they want former UNC system president Erskine Bowles to get in.

Faison, a Wake County native, went to UNC law school in Chapel Hill. He is twice divorced and has six children.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Extras celebrate role in locally-shot ‘A Smile as Big as the Moon’

Monday, January 30th, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) — The Hallmark Hall of Fame movie “A Smile as Big as the Moon” debuted on WWAY Sunday night. The family film was shot in Wilmington and many of its extras are from Jacksonville. Family and friends rolled out the red carpet for their special night on Sunday.

From the network to Jacksonville Country Club, these special extras enjoyed their night in the spotlight.

“It was good,” says Brandon Rhodes, an extra for the movie. “I was kind of excited and I’m really happy I can be in a movie.”

Proud parents were on hand for the festivities.

“Oh this is amazing because, I mean, when you have a special needs child that’s born you have no idea what they’re future is going to bring them,” says Jeanette Martinez, an extra’s mother. “Jessica has reached for the stars and tonight she is a star. What more could a mom ask for?”

It was a night that these special extras will not soon forget. For many, they hope it will not be their last acting job.

“It’s a great night, being here with my mom and dad,” said extra Jessica Martinez.

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Injunction hearing today for Warren, Brunswick commissioners duel

Monday, January 30th, 2012

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