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Archive for March, 2012

Protest held in retaliation of Commissioners’ turning down family planning funds

Friday, March 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just days after New Hanover County commissioners voted against state funding for contraceptives, the response has been incredible.

A few hundred people came to Riverfront Park in downtown Wilmington Thursday in protest of the vote. The board’s vote Monday has since made national headlines, even getting a response from the ACLU of North Carolina. Though commissioners will re-examine the funding at their April meeting, they are still catching backlash from their initial decision.

“It’s just a shame that they are having to waste the time that was such a no-brainer in the first place,” said Page Rutledge, a protester.

“I couldn’t really believe we were talking about 2012,” said Carol Chappell, who was also at the protest. “We’re talking about something I stood up for 40 years ago.”

Commissioners Jonathan Barfield and Jason Thompson showed up to listen and take questions, but Thompson found the gathering unproductive.

“Mostly it was people name calling and pushing me and spitting at me,” Thompson said. “There are just some really nasty people down here.”

The board will take another look at the family planning funding at their April 2nd meeting, commissioners and the health department plan to be fully prepared for the second time around.

“Based on the information I had on Monday, I made the correct vote,” Thompson said. “We’re going to hear it again in April and of course the board of health has already given new information, some commissioners are getting new information.”

However, some wonder if a change of vote will mean a change of heart.

“I think if they vote it through, it’s to appease the people. I don’t think it changes anything in reality,” said Melissa Robon, a protester.

“I can tell you that I will put my money where my mouth is and make sure more women get elected,” Rutledge said.

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New Hanover News & Notes: Aquarium event; volunteers needed; class reunion

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Visitors to the Aquarium on March 17 will find a bucket full of fun during “It IS Easy Being Green” festivities.

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Small plane crash in western NC kills all 3 aboard

Friday, March 16th, 2012

FRANKLIN, N.C. (AP) – A small private plane that took off in
Florida has crashed at an airport in western North Carolina,
killing all three people aboard.

Lt. Ken Lane with the Macon County Sheriff’s Office says the
crash happened at the county airport Thursday afternoon.
WLOS-TV reports the plane crashed at the
end of a runway and burst into flames.

Authorities are still at the scene investigating, and have not
yet released the names of the victims or suggested a possible cause
of the crash.

A spokeswoman for the Federal Aviation Administration says the
Cessna Citation aircraft left Venice Municipal Airport in Florida
for the airport in Macon County, about 75 miles east of the
Tennessee state line.

Investigators for the FAA were heading to the site of the crash

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

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NC voter education advocate leaving post

Friday, March 16th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The head of a nonpartisan organization
devoted to election reforms and educating voters in North Carolina
is leaving to lead a Raleigh-based philanthropic foundation.

The A.J. Fletcher Foundation announced Thursday that Damon
Circosta would become the group’s executive director starting next

Circosta currently leads the North Carolina Center for Voter
Education, which has created voter guides and helped produce
statewide candidate forums for down-ballot races. Circosta also has
pushed for legislation that would create an independent
redistricting commission and to expand voluntary public financing
for statewide races.

The foundation’s board chairman is Jim Goodmon, the chief
executive of Capitol Broadcasting Co., which owns WRAL-TV. Goodmon
is Fletcher’s grandson.

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

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Leland will ask DOT for changes

Friday, March 16th, 2012

Council wants design change for causeway project

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