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Archive for April, 2012

Authorities search for serial NC bank robber

Monday, April 30th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – Local and federal law enforcement agencies are seeking help in their search for a man suspected in five bank robberies across North Carolina.

The Charlotte division of the FBI, the Asheville Police Department and the Buncombe County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Monday that they are looking for 60-year-old Clyde Allen Nixon.

Authorities said they believe Nixon is responsible for four robberies in Asheville, Candler and Buncombe County and another in Raleigh. The statement said Nixon was believed to have a female companion waiting outside the bank in the recent robbery in Raleigh.

Nixon has friends and family throughout North Carolina and South Carolina, and authorities add that he’s been seen in Buncombe, Carteret, Cleveland, Craven, Gaston, and Mecklenburg counties. They say he should be considered armed and dangerous.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Without doctor, veterans clinic relying on PA

Monday, April 30th, 2012

VA officials say new doctor to start this month

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Republican candidates for New Hanover County Board of Education share views

Monday, April 30th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — We continue our profiles of the candidates leading up to next week’s primary election. Meet the five Republican candidates running for a chance to earn a seat on the New Hanover Board of Education.

These five people are battling for three Republican nominations for the New Hanover County Board of Education.

One hot button issue is how they would compare neighborhood schools with diversity. We asked each candidate for comments as part of a longer interview.

In alphabetical order, first up is Steve Bilzi a parent, a former teacher and former member of the Board of Education

“They aren’t mutually exclusive, everybody wants neighborhood schools. The people who are interested in busing don’t have to take their kids to school every day. Again what we have to do is look at the bigger picture and see how we can achieve diversity on a more permanent basis with other methods instead of hand tying the schools.”

Next we meet Tammy Covil a parent and small business person.

“Neighborhood schools in my opinion are schools of choice because when you are looking at purchasing a home in a particular area one of the key criteria that you look for is the school district. It’s about providing equal opportunity.”

Now meet Lisa Estep, she is a parent and an accountant.

“The important thing to remember about neighborhood schools is that it does allow parents to volunteer, it does allow them to know what’s going on with their student, with their child. The issue of diversity could in a lot of ways be answered by making more schools of choice.”

Tom Heitman is a parent and real estate broker.

“I believe in neighborhood schools I think it’s better for parents who can travel to their kids school. If the school is too far away it hinders the parent from being involved. I think if parents want a different choice there should be open choice. I think parents should have the right to choose a different school.”

Jeanette Nichols is a parent, a grandparent and is an incumbent on the Board of Education.

“I did vote for the neighborhood school concept, because most of the parents who came to the forums and talked with us said, I want my child close to home. When we would have hearings of parents and grandparents would say, I can’t get across town, I need my child or grandchild close to home.”

These interviews are taken from longer interviews with each candidate for this story. We urge you to watch the complete interview with each person here on our web site.

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ONLY ON 3: US House candidates battle over immigration ideals

Monday, April 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With the primary election next week, campaigns are heating up. One big issue for the GOP candidates battling to take on Mike McIntyre for his seat in the US House is illegal immigration. We spoke with candidate David Rouzer and an immigration expert who is pulling for Ilario Pantano about the candidates’ differing opinions.

Pantano says Rouzer supports a form of amnesty and has betrayed the conservative cause. Rouzer says he does not support amnesty and calls Pantano a protectionist.

“David Rouzer would give illegal aliens a path to citizenship and legality or voting rights and other types of things that would be very destructive to the United States,” said William Gheen, President of Americans for Legal Immigration, a conservative organization David Rouzer calls somewhat radical.

Gheen was in town this weekend rallying support for Ilario Pantano and telling voters Pantano’s stance om illegal immigration versus Rouzer’s.

But Rouzer says Gheen and Pantano are wrong.

“This idea that I’m for all these criminal, illegal aliens, granting them amnesty, that’s just completely false and a distortion of the real record,” candidate David Rouzer said.

Both men are against the negative impacts of illegal immigration.

“It’s costing Americans and legal immigrants jobs,” Gheen said. “It’s depreciating wages. It’s a theft of taxpayer resources. Then we have some of the criminal elements. Not all illegal aliens are murderers or hardened criminals, but we do have drunk driving crashes and other crimes caused by illegal immigration.”

Rouzer agrees crime is an issue, but he believes some hardworking immigrants deserve a chance at earning their citizenship.

“Their solution is to take everybody, whether they are doing good and whether they are working and doing jobs that other Americans are not willing to do and kick everybody out of here,” Rouzer said. “Well, you know agriculture is a $75,000,000,000 industry.”

Another debate has to do with the district lines. Pantano says they were drawn in Rouzer’s favor by his friends in the legislature. Rouzer says if anything, they are in Pantano’s favor because much of the district is New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick Counties, an area where many hadn’t heard of Rouzer before the race.

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Candidate Interview: Frank Williams

Monday, April 30th, 2012

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Republican Frank Williams is running for the 5th District seat of the
Brunswick County Commission, a seat held by long-time commissioner Bill
Sue. Williams was born and raised in Brunswick County and graduated from
North Brunswick High School. Williams has served the Republican Party as a
precinct chair and congressional district chairman. Williams has been a
small business owner for over 10 years and says he is ready to make a
great county even better.

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