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Archive for January, 2012

CFPUA responds to major sewer spill

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (NEWS RELEASE) — CFPUA Operations crews have responded to and stopped a waste water spill in the Barnards Creek area of Wilmington adjacent to River Road. It was first suspected that a spill had occurred when at 1 a.m. volumes at the Southside Waste Water Treatment Plant showed low volume from the areas supporting pump stations.

Crews immediately responded and began scouring the area for the spill site. The spill was located at approximately 10am and measures immediately taken to eliminate flow through this section of waste water line. Within a very short period of time after the spill was identified and stopped, crews successfully began pumping and hauling the redirected waste water from the nearby pump station. CFPUA Environment and Safety Department also responded and has been in contact with the appropriate local and state agencies; Public Information made contact with area stakeholders to alert them of the incident.

Crews are still on the scene isolating the area and preparing for the repair process. Traffic in this area is asked to be aware of construction equipment and trucks entering back onto River Road from the repair site. The cause and total spill volume have not yet been determined; crews are working on that at this time. Once all information has been gathered, an update will be provided via email and posted on the Notifications page of our website at www.cfpua.org.

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More property owners join annexation lawsuit

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The lawsuit challenges new annexation statutes approved by the General Assembly in 2011.

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Gov. Perdue rejects Sen. Berger’s tax hike debate

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue has dismissed an invitation by legislative leaders to debate her sales tax increase proposal, calling it a political stunt.

Perdue Press Secretary Chris Mackey said Tuesday the pitch by Senate leader Phil Berger and later House Speaker Thom Tillis for Perdue to hold a public forum with them is designed to distract attention from what Republicans have done to public education.

The Democratic governor announced last week her budget for next year would raise the sales tax by three-quarters of a penny to make up for the GOP-led Legislature’s decision last year to let expire a penny increase. Perdue wants the proceeds to restore education cuts.

Republicans have panned her idea but Berger said the public would benefit greatly from a debate.

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

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Back Then – StarNews lists its priorities for 1942

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

Looking back in the StarNews archives.

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Volunteers steer giant fish back to sea

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

The sunfish is the heaviest of all bony fish, with large specimens weighing as much as 5,000 pounds.

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