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Archive for February, 2012

School bus rear-ended in Brunswick County

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

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Perdue says she’ll order delay on NC “ferry tax”

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Bev Perdue says she has the power to stop unpopular increases on ferry tolls at the coast with an executive order.

Perdue announced Tuesday she would sign an order that would place a 12-month moratorium on requiring higher tolls on three routes and new tolls on two other routes. The Legislature told the Department of Transportation last year to generate $5 million in new revenues through tolls that must be in place by April 1.

Perdue’s office justifies the executive order through a state law giving DOT discretion to collect tolls, which Perdue says would place a burden on working people in a region still recovering from Hurricane Irene. Perdue labeled the tolls a “ferry tax.”

There was no immediate response from legislative leaders.

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

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Suspects sentenced in sex cases against minors

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

The cases were unrelated.

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Dow closes above 13,000 for first time since 2008

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

AP Business Writer

The Dow Jones industrial average has closed above 13,000 for the first time since May 2008, four months before the financial crisis.

Preliminary figures show the Dow closed up five points Tuesday to finish at 13,005. The average is up more than 6 percent this year, mostly because of enthusiasm about the building US economic recovery.

The Dow first broke 13,000 on April 25, 2007. The last time it ended the day above 13,000 was May 19, 2008. The Great Recession was six months old.

The close puts the Dow less than 1,200 points away from an all-time high.

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

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Still no answers as ‘booms’ rock Cape Fear coast

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The booms are back.

Around 10 a.m. Tuesday, reports came spilling in from around the Cape Fear of loud noises and shaking. For years, the mysterious booms have confused residents who not only want to know what’s happening but why.

Some people reported hearing a loud noise while others say they just felt the ground shaking.

The United States Geological Survey says in areas in North Carolina from as far south as Ash in Brunswick County north to Havelock, people felt a weak to light rumble.

We reached out to the USGS office in Memphis that monitors our area. Seismologist Oliver Boyd says nothing registered on the Richter Scale. So what could it have been?

One post on our website said it felt like a surface earthquake like one experienced in California. Boyd says the minimum magnitude that is registered on the scale is between 1.5 and 2. He says if an earthquake is less than that magnitude, it would not be felt.

There was a small earthquake in Virginia early Tuesday morning. Boyd said Wilmington is too far away from the quake to have felt an aftershock.

We also asked if there was any activity in the ocean that could have registered on the coast. Boyd said they had nothing to report.

So is there an answer?

Boyd says we need to figure out if the booms are coming from the earth or the atmosphere which could be determined by putting seismometers into the ground.

There are many theories about what causes this rocking and rolling. But the answers continues to escape scientists.

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