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Archive for April, 2012

2 soldiers killed in blast in Afghanistan

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

FORT BRAGG, NC (AP) — Authorities say two soldiers have died in Afghanistan after their vehicle was hit by an explosive device.

The Department of Defense said 29-year-old Staff Sgt. Brandon Eggleston of Candler and 31-year-old Sgt. Dick Lee Jr. of Orange Park, Fla. Were killed in the April 26 blast in Ghazni province.

Eggleston was assigned to the 4th Battalion, 3rd Special Forces Group at Fort Bragg, N.C., while Lee was assigned to the 95th Military Police Battalion, 18th Military Police Brigade, 21st Theater Sustainment Command in Sembach, Germany.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Rev. Franklin Graham voices support of Amendment One

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The Rev. Franklin Graham has recorded a message supporting a proposed amendment to North Carolina’s constitution that would limit traditional marriage as the only recognized domestic legal union in the state.

The pro-amendment Vote FOR Marriage NC released late Friday the audio message from Graham, the son of evangelist Billy Graham and head of the Samaritan’s Purse organization in Boone.

Franklin Graham asks listeners to “take a stand on God’s definition of marriage” between a man and a woman and vote for the amendment on the May 8 primary ballot. Anne Graham Lotz – Franklin Graham’s sister – also has said she supports the amendment.

Many religious leaders also have spoken out against the amendment, saying it runs counter to Christian principles of justice and fairness and would harm children.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Families get fit for fun

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Healthy kids are happy kids, and we’ve got hundreds of them now thanks to Healthy Kids Day.

Healthy Kids Day is a national effort by the YMCA to get kids and their parents moving together. Our Wilmington chapter and the City teamed up for our local event at Empie Park. Kids danced, played tennis, croquet, painted, and so much more. Organizers say it doesn’t matter what moves you as long as you’re moving and having fun. The healthy kids encourage others to get up and get outside.

“If you’re not active, then you just stay on the couch all day and not be able to play anything,” 11-year-old Kelly Baker said. “I just like getting outside and playing.”

“Having fun while doing it is what will help them get off the couch to come play,” YMCA Operations Director Shannon Berg said. “And if their family can be a part of that, then it’s even more important so that they are together.”

Berg said the day is about families learning to live better together.

The Wilmington Tigers were also there to encourage kids to play and stay healthy so they can achieve their dreams.

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Hunter pleads guilty in death on Ft Bragg trail

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — A hunter has pleaded guilty in a shooting that killed a Fort Bragg soldier as he jogged on a trail at the base last year.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that Allen Thompson pleaded guilty to criminally negligent hunting resulting in death in federal court and faces a maximum of 120 days in prison and a $250,000 fine when he is sentenced next month.

Thompson told the court he was hunting on Jan. 1, 2011 when he thought a deer was nearby. He fired two shots, and heard a squeal.

Authorities say 33-year-old Capt. Jeremiah Sipes, of Belgrade, Mont., was killed by a single gunshot.

Fort Bragg has added bright signs closing the trail during hunting season and installed a buffer to keep hunters a safe distance away.

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

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Salmonella outbreak strikes NC mountain county

Saturday, April 28th, 2012

ASHEVILLE, NC (AP) — Health officials in Buncombe County are trying to figure out the source of a salmonella outbreak that has sickened more than two dozen people.

County health director Gibbie Harris said almost all the cases are in residents or people who visited the Asheville area since the end of February. She says officials hope to identify the food source for the outbreak by next week.

Harris says 29 cases have been identified and she expects more to be reported before the peak of the outbreak is reached.

Symptoms may include high fever and fatigue, headache, loss of appetite, diarrhea and stomach pain. This salmonella strain usually is not fatal, but can be more dangerous in infants and the elderly.

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