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Archive for March, 2012

City, state leaders talk issues over breakfast

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Jobs, jobs, jobs. That was the focus of the annual legislative breakfast with members of Wilmington City Council and our state legislature.

Job creation spurred by state film incentives was a big talking point. Mayor Bill Saffo said there are currently 800 people in New Hanover County working in the film industry, with eight productions in the works.

Though both groups are in constant communication, the breakfast is another chance to discuss how to better serve the community.

“Jobs is the main theme, and I’m sure that we’re not unique in that,” Councilman Charlie Rivenbark said. “We’re like that, and everybody’s like that. That’s the main thing on everybody’s mind is getting people back to work.”

Department of Transportation projects were also discussed, including the Hampstead Bypass and the I-40 bridge project.

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Perdue continues drumbeat on education money

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC (AP) — Gov. Bev Perdue’s verbal drumbeat in support of raising additional revenues for the public schools next year is heading to one of the big technology companies located in North Carolina.

Perdue was scheduled to speak Wednesday morning to employees at Cisco Systems in Research Triangle Park. Perdue’s office said it was the next stop on a “K-12 education tour” that Perdue began this week to build public pressure upon Republican lawmakers to repair education cuts and make up for expiring federal funds that
local districts have used to hire school personnel.

Republicans have said Perdue’s proposal to raise sales taxes by three-quarters of a penny isn’t going anywhere and that Democrats have exaggerated the breadth of cuts while overlooking their own spending reductions in 2009 and 2010.

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

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Padgett doing well after kidney, pancreas transplant

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Councilwoman Laura Padgett is recovering after undergoing a dual-organ transplant yesterday.

City spokeswoman Malissa Talbert says Padgett is resting at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Maryland.

Padgett has had type one diabetes for 40 years. She was diagnosed with kidney disease in 1994.

This week she was offered a dual-organ transplant of a kidney and a pancreas.

Rep. Susi Hamilton has been in touch with Padgett’s family since the surgery.

“Laura is doing very, very well,” Hamilton said. “They are quite pleased with how the surgery went and her recovery has already started, so we are very grateful.”

Padgett expects to return to her council position in a few weeks. She is the longest-serving member of Wilmington City Council. Padgett was first elected in 1993.

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Live Updates – River Road murder trial

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Follow along as reporter Fran Norton provides live updates from the trial of Thomas Grooms Jr.

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N.C. DMV plans 3-D licenses, shorter waits

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

The Division of Motor Vehicles plans to introduce a new electronic system for renewing, issuing licenses.

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