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Archive for February, 2012

State considering port in Southport, Leland

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The State of North Carolina is still looking at Brunswick County as the potential home for a new deepwater port.

A draft version of the NC Maritime Strategy released this week says the long-discussed site near Southport as well as a piece of land along NC 133 south of Leland are among four places under consideration, as is the existing Port of Wilmington and a site near the Port of Morehead City. The study rules out two other locations up the coast in Pamlico Sound.

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Opponents have long argued against the Southport site. The report says Progress Energy and the Nuclear Regulatory Commission also have concerns, because of how close the property is to the company’s nuclear power plant.

The report details what would be needed to make any of the options work. It also discusses other infrastructure improvements needed to expand various aspects of existing port business.

Initiated by the Governor’s Logistics Task Force (GLTF), the North Carolina Maritime Strategy takes a fresh look at North Carolina’s maritime assets and the needs for improvement to ensure that our State remains competitive in the future.

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Gas prices push toward $4

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Remember when gas cost $4 a gallon back in 2008?

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NC Legislature meets, no recorded votes taken

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Republican leaders at the North Carolina General Assembly followed through on their word and conducted no business while meeting in Raleigh for less than 15 minutes.

The short floor sessions Thursday in the House and Senate did not relieve the suspicion by Democrats and dozens of activists opposed to GOP policies. House Democrats say they lost trust in Republican leaders last month when they held an unscheduled after-midnight session to override a veto by Gov. Bev Perdue involving member dues and the North Carolina Association of Educators.

About 75 people critical of the Republican agenda rallied outside the Legislative Building before the noon session.

Months ago Republican leaders scheduled up to three days of work sessions this week to handle possible election district matters that never materialized.

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

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Mom, girls charged after fight at school

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A New Hanover County mother is charged for assaulting a teenager during a fight at Ashley High School.

The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says on February 7 Shellie Cloyd Rodriguez, 38, went to the school to pick up her 16-year-old daughter. The mother and daughter reportedly went to a classroom to get the girl’s assignments. When they got to the room, investigators say the daughter got into a fight with another girl.

Deputies say Rodriguez pulled the other girl, who is 15, off her daughter, pushed her down and got on top of her. At that point, they say another girl tried to pull Rodriguez off the girl. Rodriguez allegedly then hit the second girl before turning her attention back to the girl on the floor until they were finally separated.

Rodriguez, her daughter and the girl she fought with were charged with affray after the fight. Investigators believe there were already tension between the girls leading up to the fight.

After the District Attorney’s Office reviewed the case and a video of the incident, deputies today arrested and charged Rodriguez with assault and battery, contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile and disorderly conduct. She is out of jail on a $1,000 secured bond.

A Sheriff’s Office spokesman says investigators have decided not to release the video because of its potential impact on the case and because of the juveniles involved.

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Assailants rob cab driver at gunpoint

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

The men used a handgun to force the Checkers Taxi driver to pull over in a school parking lot.

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