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Archive for April, 2012

Flash mob surprises retiring CFCC president

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Students and staff at Cape Fear Community College put together a special tribute for retiring president Dr. Eric McKeithan today.

McKeithan got a flash mob. He says he was completely unaware of the plan and was thrilled to see everyone working so closely together.

He says he was truly touched by those who participated in the flash mob, and he could tell they put a lot of time and effort in to the event.

“We’ve got a great family of students, faculty and staff at CFCC,” McKeithan said. “I’ve been a part of them for the better part of 18 years now, so I just think that it’s just that sense of a good feeling that exists, where students are important to faculty staff and we all work as a team together.”

McKeithan is retiring this summer. This time he says it’s for good. He retired a few years ago, but agreed to stay on.

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Marvel Studios president tells ABC

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

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NC Senate panel sets 1st marker for fracking laws

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina legislative panel offers a proposed law that would bar a natural gas drilling method called fracking for more than two years while regulations are being developed.

The Senate’s energy committee unveiled language Wednesday that if approved by the General Assembly and Gov. Bev Perdue would establish a path to allow fracking. The Senate proposal would ban fracking until at least July 2014.

Environment North Carolina Executive Director Elizabeth Ouzts (oohtz) says the economic benefit to natural gas drilling is uncertain when oversupply has driven down the fuel’s price, while water and air threats are shown in other states.

The state environmental agency said in a study released last month that lawmakers should set up a regulatory framework before allowing the drilling method used to free underground deposits.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Early voting starts Thursday

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Election Day may still be more than two weeks away, but the polls are set to open in North Carolina. One-Stop Voting starts Thursday.

One-Stop Voting gives voters a chance to beat the long lines on Election Day May 8. If you’re not already registered to vote, you can take care of that and cast your ballot at the same time. The early voting period ends May 5.

Click here for more information on One-Stop Voting. For One-Stop Voting locations in your county, contact your county Board of Elections office.

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Expect delays, closures as bridge painting resumes

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Get ready for lane closures, detours and traffic delays. Crews will get back to work for a third year to finish the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says crews will resume the work Thursday. There will be daily lane closings on the bridge beginning at 9 a.m. One lane in each direction will remain open while work is underway between 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. daily through the end of May.

Full bridge closures will be in effect each night, with the exception of Friday evenings, for the duration of the project. The full closures will take place Sundays through Thursdays between 8 p.m. and 6 a.m. and Saturdays from 11 p.m. until 10 a.m. on Sundays.

The DOT says crews will be applying a much-needed coat of protective paint to the 43-year-old bridge. Other crews recently finished electrical and mechanical repairs.

Inbound traffic to Wilmington may follow signed detours along US 17/421 to US 74 and cross the Isabel Holmes Bridge into downtown. Outbound travelers will take Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway, then cross the Isabel Holmes Bridge to reach US 17/421.

For real-time travel information at any time, call 511, visit www.ncdot.gov/travel or follow NCDOT on Twitter at www.ncdot.gov/travel/twitter. Another option is NCDOT Mobile, a phone-friendly version of the NCDOT website available through your smartphone browser at “m.ncdot.gov.”

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