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Archive for April, 2012

Braves, Mandalay to hold press conference on proposed ballpark

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

It’s unclear what will be announced at the press conference, which will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday on the lawn of the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce.

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Barrier Island Study Center opens on Bald Head Island

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

BALD HEAD ISLAND, NC (WWAY)– A long time tourist destination could now be a travel spot for researchers as well. The Bald Head Island Conservancy announced the grand opening for their Barrier Island Study Center today.

“85% of the East and Gulf Coast are protected by a barrier island, and 15% of coastlines throughout the world,” said Bald Head Island Conservancy Executive Director Suzanne Dorsey. “The solutions that are found here can be applied throughout the country and throughout the world.”

It’s a project that has been nearly 13 years in the making.

The Conservancy on the island hopes the center will host scientists and university students from around the globe.

“This is going to be very, very valuable,” said William Smith, a professor at Wake Forest University. “Right here on the coast, in particular in this kind of housing system, the way Bald Head Island does it.”

The $2.5 million dollar facility was funded in it’s entirety by the community of Bald Head Island. Donors hope this will serve as a learning place for generations to come.

“We’re going to be teaching university level classes, we’re going to be educating children of all ages and it’s going to be a fantastic resource,” said donor Dick Johnston.

This new facility includes a wet lab and dry lab for research, a touch tank, a media center and a public library.

Students and scientists alike will be able to study sea turtles, the marshes, the beach and much more right on the island.

The Bald Head Island Conservancy says that research can have a big impact.

“When you have an intact, healthy barrier island system, then your mainland infrastructure will be protected,” said Dorsey.

The Bald Head Island Conservancy also says the center is the nation’s first community-based facility of it’s kind.

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Protesters take over foreclosed home in Raleigh

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Raleigh police have arrested seven people who protested what they say are unfair economic practices by briefly occupying a home under foreclosure.

A few dozen protesters arrived at the home Monday morning and were watched by police, who spent several hours confirming who currently owns the home.

Authorities say once the new owner said no one should be in the home, officers gave warnings that arrests were imminent. Police say seven people were charged with trespassing when they didn’t leave.

The protesters say the original homeowner gave them permission to be there and they felt police were heavy-handed by calling in a SWAT team.

Raleigh Police spokesman Jim Sughrue says any time officers fear someone may be barricaded inside a building, they call the SWAT team as a precaution.

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

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Durham emissions tester admits faking results

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – An emissions inspector in Durham has admitted he falsely passed more than 350 vehicles that should have failed emissions tests in exchange for a couple of hundred dollars from the owners.

Federal prosecutors said 30-year-old Angel Nunez pleaded guilty Monday to conspiring to violate the Clean Air Act.

Authorities say when a vehicle failed inspection, Nunez would test it again, but hook the machine up to a vehicle he knew could pass but was old enough that it wouldn’t send its vehicle identification number to the scanner.

Investigators say between May 2009 and June 2010, Nunez helped 353 vehicles illegally pass inspection this way, taking up to $225 from each owner.

Nunez will be sentenced at a later date.

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

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House fire kills two, little girl survives

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

UNION, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say two people died in a fire in Union, and a 1-year-old girl only survived because a neighbor kicked in a door and brought her to safety.

Union County Sheriff David Taylor said four generations lived in the home, and the child, her grandmother and great-grandmother were in the house when the blaze started around 10 a.m. Monday.

Investigators say a neighbor banged on the front door when he saw flames, then kicked it in when no one responded.

Authorities say he rescued the girl, but it was too hot and smoky to try to find anyone else. The names of the women who died have not been released. Authorities say the mother of the child was not home.

The cause of the fire is under investigation.

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

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