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Archive for April, 2012

NC Democrats for governor gear up for 3rd debate

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The leading candidates in the Democratic primary for North Carolina governor are getting one more chance to talk to voters on television before the early-voting period begins Thursday.

Bob Etheridge, Walter Dalton and Bill Faison plan to participate in their third televised debate tonight at the WNCN studios in Raleigh.

The candidates have been attempting to differentiate themselves in the first two TV debates this week, and say how they’re different from Republicans who have been running the Legislature since last year.

Three other Democratic candidates aren’t participating in the debates.

The May 8 primary winner is likely to take on Republican and former Charlotte mayor Pat McCrory in the general election. Democratic Gov. Beverly Perdue isn’t running for re-election.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Pender to seek resident input for fire-tax hike

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

All Pender County fire districts are holding public meetings this month

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Wrightsville manager hopeful summer bridge work will have minimal impact

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

Town Manager Bob Simpson said he does not expect it to hurt business or tourism

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Skeletal remains found in Caldwell County

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

LENIOR, NC (AP) — The Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office says skeletal remains have been found northeast of Lenoir.

Sheriff’s deputies say they don’t know if the remains are those of 10-year-old Zahra Baker.

Zahra was killed in 2010 and her stepmother pleaded guilty last year to second degree murder. Investigators never found the disabled girl’s skull, which might confirm she died from a blow to the head.

Sgt. B.J. Fore said investigators have not determined the age, gender or race of the remains. Officials would not confirm the skeletal remains included a child’s skull.

Zahra’s father, Adam Baker, returned to Australia in January with his daughter’s remains that had been recovered.

The State Bureau of Investigation, the FBI and the Medical Examiner’s Office assisted in the recovery Tuesday.

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

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City hires ballpark project manager, councilmembers say Ripken was the wrong choice

Wednesday, April 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington is one step closer to making the proposed ballpark become a reality. Wilmington City Council voted Tuesday to hire a project manager to help speed up the process. Despite the city manager proposing the council hire Ripken Design for the job, council members were not so sure that was the best idea.

“I don’t want to start off on the wrong step, so my inclination is to go to the second choice,” said councilman Kevin O’Grady.

That is exactly what city council decided to do. They voted to hire National Sports Services, a company based out of Kansas, as their project manager for the proposed ballpark. Council members said Ripken Design, who the city was originally looking to hire, may have had a conflict of interest with Mandalay Baseball Properties.

“We should honor their discomfort here and try to help them overcome that so that we can get this long term relationship going on the right foot,” O’Grady said.

“I’m disappointed that staff saw fit to put this company at the top when I feel reasonably sure they understood from the beginning that this just wasn’t going to be a workable solution,” said councilman Charlie Rivenbark.

The city was looking at six companies to manage the ballpark project. City manager Sterling Cheatham proposed hiring Ripken, who Mandalay says is the only company who also manages several minor league teams.

“We just didn’t think it was appropriate to have basically one of our fraternity evaluating our proposal,” Mandalay Baseball’s Rich Neuman said.

The council also approved $55,000 to contract with National Sports Services. The city is moving the money from next fiscal year’s budget. Mandalay says they will present their plans alongside National Sports Services to city council at their May 15th meeting.

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