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Archive for January, 2012

Stakes high for NC as airlines scout more mergers

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Signs of more airline industry consolidation are raising questions about the US Airways hub that’s key to luring businesses to the Charlotte area.

The Charlotte Observer reports a deal involving US Airways could have a big impact on the city since the airline operates about 90 percent of the airport’s daily flights. The concentration of flights in and out of Charlotte is attractive to companies that need to be able to fly easily to far-away operations, make sales calls, and bring in visitors.

US Airways says it’s studying a bid for American. Delta is reported to be looking at US Airways.

The newspaper says airline analysts think a US Airways merger with Delta would put Charlotte’s hub at greater risk because Delta has a major hub in Atlanta.

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

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Aussie mom clueless about Zahra’s ashes

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

SYDNEY (AP) — The Australian mother of a 10-year-old disabled girl who was murdered by her American stepmother in North Carolina says she has no idea what has become of her daughter’s ashes since the child’s father brought them to Australia.

Attorney Shell Pearce said Monday that his client, Adam Baker, left the United States roughly two weeks ago, bringing the remains of his daughter, Zahra, with him for burial in Australia.

Zahra’s biological mother Emily Dietrich told Seven Network television that her daughter’s remains might have been buried in Australia without her knowledge.

Dietrich was in court last year to see Zahra’s stepmother Elisa Baker sentenced to 18 years in prison after pleading guilty tosecond-degree murder in Zahra’s death.

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

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Civil War wreck to get anniversary attention

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

Under pursuit by Union warships, the steamer Modern Greece ran aground off Fort Fisher in 1862.

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Woman’s estate leaves $1M so NC Zoo can buy land

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

ASHEBORO, NC (AP) — A Greensboro woman really, really liked the zoo.

The News & Record of Greensboro reports a woman bequeathed $1 million to the North Carolina Zoo Society after her death so the state-owned zoo near Asheboro could buy land for animals to roam.

Russ Williams with the zoo says he met 83-year-old Juanita Lamport Spalding in her apartment about 10 years ago. Spalding died in May.

Her will says the money should be used to buy and manage one or more wilderness areas to benefit native North Carolina wildlife.

Spalding’s obituary doesn’t describe the source of her nest egg, but says she worked at a university lab at UCLA, for a doctor, for the telephone company in New Mexico and then insurance companies in Greensboro.

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

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Emerald Isle fails to block bow hunters

Tuesday, January 31st, 2012

EMERALD ISLE, NC (AP) — The hunt for roaming deer continues in a North Carolina beach community.

WCTI-TV reports a Carteret County judge has refused to order a stop to the work of bow hunters in an Emerald Isle neighborhood at the tip of its barrier island.

Emerald Isle is trying to reduce a surging deer population. Dozens of neighbors went to court to stop hunters from patrolling their Lands End neighborhood as they have since the hunt began several weeks ago.

Some residents expressed concern that the 13 hunters will be too close to their children as they track deer from before dawn to 10 a.m.

The hunters are managed by the Emerald Isle Police Department. Lieutenant Jeff Waters says each hunter is trained and undergoes a background check.

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

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