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Archive for March, 2012

Area school districts vary on use of ‘pink slime’ in cafeterias

Monday, March 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Next time its hamburger day at schools in Pender County, students could bite into pink slime.

The USDA uses ammonia treated lean finely textured beef (LFTD), or “pink slime,” to make beef stretch farther. The filler first used in pet food is now legal to put in our food.

The USDA buys nearly 12 million pounds of this beef for school lunch programs.

A Pender County Schools spokeswoman says there is a low level of it in the USDA beef the district uses in its cafeterias.

A Brunswick County Schools spokeswoman says schools in that county do not get any beef products from the USDA. Instead they turn to processors who do not use the filler. The school district says the decision is an effort to reduce the chance of food contamination.

In New Hanover County, a district spokeswoman tells us the schools do not use beef with pink slime. The same goes for Bladen County.

We are waiting to hear back from Columbus County Schools.

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Drivers hit roadblock as Oleander work begins

Monday, March 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Drivers unaware of road construction on Oleander Drive in Wilmington were in for a rude awakening today.

Part of the busy road is closed at the railroad tracks near Dawson Street. Drivers had no choice but to turn around.

CSX Railroad and the Department of Transportation are making improvements to the rail crossing.

The road is scheduled to reopen Thursday at 11 p.m.

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Forum focuses on saving homeowners from foreclosure

Monday, March 19th, 2012

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — Rep. Mike McIntyre says fighting foreclosure is one of the most pressing issues before us as a nation. Experts say cases are all to common in the Cape Fear as well.

Today McIntyre hosted a Foreclosure Prevention Forum in Brunswick County to try and tackle the problem head on.

“It’s been a nightmare for my wife and myself both,” said William Lynn, who’s facing foreclosure.

Home ownership is part of the American dream, but what if that dream started to crumble?

“We really didn’t think this could happen with all the supposedly transparent agencies looking after the consumer,” Lynn said.

Hundreds of homeowners are fighting foreclosure throughout the Cape Fear. Among those families are the Lynns. They’ve owned their home in Brunswick County since 1995, but for nearly the last three years they have been fighting foreclosure.

The lynns and others attended McIntyre’s Foreclosure Prevention Forum Monday.

“A lot of families are facing difficult times with the current economy, so we want to make sure they have every asset at their grasp in order to get help,” Rep. McIntyre said.

Among those assets are housing counselors and other experts, who took part in a panel discussion. They offered advice to homeowners on how to deal with servicers, lenders and the banks.

“It’s where you raise your family at. It’s where you live at. It’s where your life takes place, so fight for your home,” Brunswick Housing Opportunities President Resea Willis said.

A message of encouragement to families in a desperate situation.

“I was taught one important lesson today,” Lynn said. “Don’t give up.”

Among the advice from experts is if somebody is asking for money to modify your loan don’t do it. You should speak directly to a lender. You do not need a middle man to take care of your loan.

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City budget shortfall now at $4.5 million

Monday, March 19th, 2012

The city of Wilmington has narrowed its projected shortfall for the upcoming fiscal year.

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Movie filming – Let it snow on Front Street

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Just when you thought winter was over, you might see snow on Front Street for the movie “Writers.”

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