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Archive for April, 2012

Evacuation ends, investigation continues at Military Cutoff building

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The Wilmington Police Department evacuated an office building on Military Cutoff Road because of a report of a suspicious package.

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Poll: McCrory leads NC gubernatorial candidates in favorability marks

Monday, April 30th, 2012

ELON, NC (NEWS RELEASE FROM ELON UNIVERSITY) — Former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory, a Republican candidate for North Carolina governor, is perceived more favorably by state residents than any of the top Democrats who also hope to win the office this fall, according to the latest Elon University Poll.

None of the top candidates carry exceptional name recognition with at least half of poll respondents saying they “don’t know” how they feel about each of the men running for office.

The poll, conducted April 22-25, 2012, surveyed 640 North Carolina residents and has a margin of error of plus or minus 3.87 percentage points. The sample is of the population in general, with numbers that include both landlines and cellular phones. The Elon University Poll does not restrict respondents by voter eligibility or likelihood of voting.

McCrory is the only Republican campaigning to be governor. The Elon University Poll asked respondents how favorably they perceive three leading Democrats seeking their party’s nomination in the May 8 statewide primary. The figures for the four candidates are:

Pat McCrory (former Charlotte mayor of 2008 Republican candidate for governor)
Favorable: 33 percent
Unfavorable: 16 percent
Don’t Know: 50 percent

Bob Etheridge (former member of the U.S. House of Representatives)
Favorable: 21 percent
Unfavorable: 18 percent
Don’t Know: 60 percent

Walter Dalton (current North Carolina lieutenant governor)
Favorable: 18 percent
Unfavorable: 13 percent
Don’t Know: 68 percent

Bill Faison (current member of the North Carolina General Assembly)
Favorable: 8 percent
Unfavorable: 14 percent
Don’t Know: 77 percent

“Most people aren’t paying attention to the state races. They probably know the candidates’ names, but aren’t committing to anyone just yet,” said John Robinson, director of communications for the Elon University Poll. “Pat McCrory’s opposition in the primary is minor, and he doesn’t need to do much campaigning right now. But despite three Democratic debates two weeks ago, Bob Etheridge, Walter Dalton and Bill Faison simply haven’t captured the public’s imagination. They have a week to do so.”

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Southport businesses still shocked by high electric bills

Monday, April 30th, 2012

There isn’t much relief in site for Southport business owners stuck with electric bills that are often double those from neighboring areas.

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Stop Titan brings in backup

Monday, April 30th, 2012

CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY)– What’s it like to olive in a town with a cement plant? Hundreds of people came out to Stop Titan’s first annual Picnic in the Park to find out.

“I don’t care if they go somewhere else, they just don’t need to be anywhere near parks and water and your children,” said Alexandra Allred, who lives near a cement plant in Texas.

Even though the NC Division of Air Quality has granted Titan America an air permit many Castle Hayne residents are still fighting the would-be employer.

The message at Sunday’s event, and those who delivered it, were a little different than at just any anti-Titan rally.

“I didn’t know anything about the cement industry until I moved to my town that’s the cement capital of Texas,” said Allred. “About three months after living there my perfectly healthy boy got very sick and he was hospitalized five times in six months.”

People from towns across the country that are home to cement plants came and shared their horror stories Sunday.

Many of them believe that terrible things are happening because of the levels of pollution emitted from these plants.

“We have sick people. It’s not only cancer, we have accelerated asthma, which they finally agreed to that we have,” said Jeff Galemore, who lives near a cement plant in Kansas. “We have MS, we have kidney problems. My sister’s had a kidney transplant, there’s five in the community.”

Stop Titan members say these stories have reinvigorated their resolve and that they plan on continuing to battle the cement plant.

“It’s great for us to learn about these personal stories and to hear how dangerous it is for all of us, for our children and for our adults,” said Tracy Bruno.

“I took away that in reality it can be worse than we actually think it can be,” said Tom Mcgraw.

Sunday’s event comes days after the Southern Environmental Law Center filed a legal challenge against the NC Division of Air Quality’s permit for Titan America.

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Brunswick News & Notes – Literacy workshops; Springfest; softball registration; festival entertainment

Monday, April 30th, 2012

The Brunswick County Literacy Council is offering an English for Speakers of Other Languages tutor workshop.

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