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Archive for February, 2012

Commission wants to study sea-level rise policy

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

A related report recommends the coast prepare for 1-meter rise by 2100

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AzFest headliner Scotty McCreery makes ACM new artist cut

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – “American Idol” winner Scotty McCreery, Brantley Gilbert and Hunter Hayes are The Academy of Country Music Awards’ best new artist nominees.

The trio of young country stars was chosen by fans and the academy’s membership and announced in a news release Thursday.

Fan voting in the category opens March 19 at www.voteacm.com and will continue until 8 p.m. EDT, April 1, just before the start of the live awards show.

Each brings a little something different to the debate. Teenager McCreery had a platinum debut this year after winning `Idol,’ Gilbert gained notoriety as a songwriter of Jason Aldean’s hits “My Kinda Party” and “Dirt Road Anthem,” and Hayes was something of a child prodigy.

McCreery will be headlining the Azalea Festival’s Friday night concert at Trask Coliseum.

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

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Fire leaves five families homeless, ruled accident

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An apartment fire in Wilmington yesterday left five families homeless. Neighbors say a man passing by noticed the fire from the alley and quickly tried to notify tenants of the danger.

From the front of the historic home on Orange Street, you would never be able to tell that there was a devastating fire Wednesday night that ripped through the home, displacing residents in all seven of the apartments and killing two pets.

From the backyard of 806 Orange Street, the damage is apparent. Neighbors say firefighters responded quickly and worked for about six hours to get the fire under control.

“They got here really quickly, and they went in with all their gear, busted out all the windows and got water on it,” neighbor Troy Rudeseal said. “It took them a long time to get it under control, but they did an amazing job.”

Rudeseal lives next door. He says the fire was so big, he was worried it would spread to his home.

“They’re very close together, and the flames were blowing this way, and it was dropping hot ash onto our house, so I was concerned at one point that our house would catch fire, too, because it’s easy for it to spread from house to house,” Rudeseal said.

Investigators say the fire was accidental and started in a wall heater on the second floor. None of the residents were home when it started, but two cats died.

Investigators say there is about $200,000 of damage to the house, which, for now, is not livable. The fire also damaged an estimated $75,000 of personal items.

We tried to talk to one of the victims moving today, but she said she was too upset to talk.

Rudeseal’s home may not have been damaged, as he tried to get valuables out of his house, he lost his wallet. By late last night someone had maxed out all of his credit cards.

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Ex-Leland police chief appeals firing

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

Leland’s former police chief has appealed his termination

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Gas prices up 50 cents a gallon over one year ago

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

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