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Archive for March, 2012

NC environment agency: email on fracking is fake

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s environmental agency says someone is trying to confuse the public about its recent report saying a natural gas drilling technique can be safe with the right precautions.

News reporters on Tuesday received a fake email from a nonexistent group claiming the state Department of Environment and Natural Resources is revising its hydraulic fracturing report and issuing an apology. The email’s sender could not be identified through two commercially available email tracing services.

Agency spokeswoman Diana Kees says the email is a fraud and the agency is standing behind the report it was scheduled to explain at a second public hearing Tuesday in Chapel Hill.

Supporters say allowing fracking would generate jobs, while opponents say it leads to polluted water and air.

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

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Walnut Street closed at 3rd Street Wednesday

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Work on North 3rd Street in Downtown Wilmington will mean another detour for drivers tomorrow.

Traffic on Walnut Street will not be able to cross 3rd Street tomorrow. Crews will be working on underground utilities as part of the North 3rd Street Improvement Project.

The city expects the intersection will re-open at the end of the da

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Brunswick Co. Sheriff fires cleared in shooting

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Sheriff John Ingram has fired a deputy cleared last month in a shooting investigation.

Back in December Sgt. Brian Tully shot two people during a domestic disturbance call. The District Attorney later determined he did nothing criminal.

Sheriff Ingram fired Tully at his discretion. The Sheriff’s Office did not give a reason for Tully’s termination.

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City sets April 17 for action on baseball project manager

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

The city of Wilmington is reviewing 10 proposals for a project manager to negotiate to bring an Atlanta Braves minor league baseball team to the Port City.

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Drifter pleads guilty to killing NC hikers in 2007

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — A man convicted of murder in Florida and Georgia is accepting a life prison sentence without parole after pleading guilty in North Carolina to ambushing and killing an elderly couple hiking in a national forest.

US Attorney Anne Tompkins says 65-year-old Gary Michael Hilton pleaded guilty Tuesday to killing John and Irene Bryant in 2007.

Prosecutors say Hilton camped out waiting for victims before he encountered the couple who were both in their 80s as they hiked in the Pisgah National Forest in Transylvania County.

Hilton already is on death row in Florida and has a life prison sentence for murder in Georgia. Both of those female victims were beheaded.

The bodies of the four victims were found over a span of several months starting in late 2007.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved.)

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