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Archive for March, 2012

VOTE 2012: Etheridge wants to continue career of service as governor

Monday, March 19th, 2012

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It’s been two years since Bob Etheridge lost his bid for an eighth term in the US House of Representatives. Now the former Congressman, state legislator and Superintendent for Public Instruction has his sights set on elected office again as he hopes to win the Democratic nomination for governor.

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Lesson on tree tops takes students to new heights… literally

Monday, March 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Some kids spent the day learning outside. Their classroom? A large oak tree.

“It was really fun,” student Hope Honaker said. “We just got to learn how to gather bugs and stuff.”

A handful of students from the Friends School of Wilmington got to explore the treetops of Airlie Gardens. The event was part of a statewide tour to celebrate the opening of the new Nature Research Center in Raleigh.

Dr. Meg Lowman gave the students a bird’s eye view of what is living in our trees.

“Over half of the biodiversity on this planet lives in the tops of trees, and probably 90 percent of them have never been discovered,” Lowman said. “So if one of these kids turns into a scientist after this day, we might have done our job.”

The Nature Research Center is a new wing of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences. Its grand opening is April 20.

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FIRST ON 3: Wilmington council considers electric car charging stations in parking deck

Monday, March 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Electric cars used to seem like something of the future, but the future is now, and more folks around the nation and locally are buying hybrid and electric cars. The City of Wilmington and Progress Energy are teaming up to encourage more folks to get plugged in.

Tomorrow night City Council will consider a resolution to install two charging stations in the Market Street parking deck.

Progress Energy approached the city about the pilot project. The energy company will provide the equipment and install it. The city will only have to pay for the amount of electricity used, which is estimated to be about $10 a month.

Councilman Kevin O’Grady said the pilot program is a great way to be proactive when it comes to changing technology and the environment.

“We do have a commitment to sustainability here, so we’re hoping that this will encourage people to own electric vehicles,” O’Grady said.

As far as demand goes, O’Grady says he believes there are about 100 electric cars currently on the streets of Wilmington. Car dealerships we spoke with say electric cars are in high demand and flying out of showrooms.

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Flores & Foley roofing company files for bankruptcy

Monday, March 19th, 2012

Roofing company Flores & Foley LLC has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection.

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Riverfront developer has plan to pay back taxes

Monday, March 19th, 2012

A riverfront development company has entered into a plan to pay outstanding property taxes.

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