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Archive for February, 2012

Charlotte releases details on spending for Democratic National Convention

Friday, February 17th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Charlotte police will use federal money
to upgrade their command center, lease motorcycles and find lodging
for out-of-town officers as the city prepares for the 2012
Democratic National Convention.

Under pressure, North Carolina’s largest city on Friday released
three pages of details about how it spent some of the $50 million
in federal money it received for the convention to be held in

Charlotte had refused to reveal details about what it’s buying
with the federal money, including bid documents and purchase
invoices. The Associated Press had filed a request to review the

The Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department will spend $1.7
million to upgrade space in its command center, and expand its
motorcycle patrol. It also will house officers from outside
departments who will help with security.

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

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Murder-for-hire suspect in custody

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Father asks judge to release daughter until the federal trial

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Dress selection starts the march to Azalea Festival

Friday, February 17th, 2012

This year’s N.C. Azalea Festival takes place April 11-15, with the Cape Fear Garden Club Azalea Garden Tour starting at 10 a.m. April 13.

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Saffo: City considering several locations for ballpark

Friday, February 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You might say the City of Wilmington is still in the first inning of the effort to bring baseball to town. City leaders say there’s still a lot to be done including where to build.

Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo says it’s time to figure out the logistics of building a new baseball stadium in the Port City. He says various locations are under consideration.

“As of today, we’ve had several people that have come forward to talk to us about the possibility of selling their property for the ballpark,” said Saffo, who would not give details of specific locations.

Linda Register represents a plot of land across the river from the Convention Center. She says the location is perfect for the new stadium.

“First of all, we already have a decent highway system that comes right by this property,” she said. “Second of all, it’s right on the point where the two rivers connect, and I think there’s almost eight acres here, so there’s ample space. And you could be sitting in the stadium and what would your view be but downtown Wilmington.”

Register says if the ballpark is built across the river from downtown, it would help build up the riverfront on both sides.

“I think if we can make this as beautiful as the other side then we would have a total inner harbor experience,” Register said.

Figuring out where the park should go is just one of the issues facing the city. It plans to spend about $433,000 over the next year and a half just on various costs tied to the negotiations.

Saffo says the city is working to ease residents’ concerns.

“We have to have it all evaluated and processed, so when we come out with what this thing is going to cost, people will know exactly what those numbers are,” Saffo said.

Register says she has not yet formally presented the property to the city, but she hopes to do that next week.

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Rally against taxpayer-funded stadium Saturday

Friday, February 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As we first told you last week, a petition is circulating around Wilmington against using tax money to build a ballpark. Organizers say they are not against the stadium in general; just the taxpayers footing the bill.

The group will hold a rally tomorrow to gain support.

Josh fulton is one of the organizers of the petition and rally. He says he hopes people will come to the event so the petition will gain momentum.

“We’re hoping to have as many people who come to sign our petition,” Fulton said. “We only need 2,900 signatures for this thing to either get put in front of City Council or go to a public vote.”

Fulton says if they don’t get all the signatures at the event, they plan to go door to door.

They have changed the wording of the petition to include only the stadium and not other funding for entertainment projects.

The rally is tomorrow from noon to 2 p.m. outside the Convention Center.

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