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Archive for January, 2012

NC report recommends tolls on Interstate 95

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s first modern-day toll road opened this month, and state officials are already discussing plans for a new one.

The state Department of Transportation released an environmental assessment report Friday detailing plans for work along the 182 miles of Interstate 95 that runs from the Virginia state line to South Carolina. The report recommends $4.4 billion worth of work, including widening parts of the Interstate to six and eight lanes, raising and rebuilding bridges and making repairs to pavement.

Current funding only covers about 10 percent of that cost, though, so the report recommends adding tolls to the interstate to help make up the difference. The state would need permission from the Federal Highway Administration before it can add tolls.

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

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Kids of all ages solve ‘Mystery at the Museum’

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Cape Fear Museum gardener found a pile of interesting things buried in the ground when he tried to plant a tree Saturday. Fortunately, hundreds of families helped him solve the ‘Mystery at the Museum.’

For the fourth year in a row, ‘Mystery at the Museum’ kept kids of all ages questioning and learning about science, technology, engineering and math. They used their senses and observation skills to find out who placed those items in the garden. Families interviewed potential suspects and completed science experiments for a hands-on learning experience.

“Families can learn together and do some investigation work to found out what it is and how it got there,” museum spokeswoman Amy Kilgore said.

“Today I learned what to use to find out substances,” ten-year-old detective Veronica Humphrey said. “I figured out how we can use pencils and tape to do fingerprints.”

Humphrey thought the culprit was either the confederate spy or the colonial merchant.

‘Mystery at the Museum’ is going on until 4 p.m. Saturday.

The answer will be revealed at 5 p.m. Saturday at capefearmuseum.com. You can also tune in to WWAY NewsChannel 3 Sunday night at 11 to find out!

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Forum explores how to promote downtown Wilmington

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

The task force wants to craft a common message.

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Historian to talk about book on Fort Fisher

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

The series is sponsored by the Historical Society of the Lower Cape Fear.

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Talk of year-round schools alarms tourism officials

Saturday, January 21st, 2012

County tourism groups were instrumental in getting the 2004 bill passed limiting early-summer school starts in the state.

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