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Archive for May, 2012

NC teen smoking rates reach historic lows

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A survey presented by the state Department of Health and Human Services says the percentage of North Carolina teens who smoke has hit an all-time low.

The North Carolina Youth Tobacco Survey presented Thursday showed 4.3 percent of middle school students and 15.5 percent of high school students smoked cigarettes. That rate has dropped steadily in North Carolina since 2003.

The agency correlated that data with its Tobacco. Reality. Unfiltered non-smoking campaign. When that campaign was launched in 2003, 9.3 percent of middle school students and 43 percent of high school students smoked.

Funding for the program was relocated to the department’s budget last year and is not set to recur.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Detectives make arrest in robbery of pizza delivery driver

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

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Coast Guard rescues boaters near Wrightsville Beach

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

PORTSMOUTH, VA (NEWS RELEASE) — The Coast Guard rescued four after their 20-foot boat began taking on water approximately ten miles off the coast of Wrightsville Beach Wednesday.

At approximately 3 p.m., watchstanders at Coast Guard Station Wrightsville Beach received the report from a member of the New Hanover County Emergency Management and 911 Communications. A crew aboard a 41-foot Utility Boat launched to assist.

When the Coast Guard arrived on scene the 20-foot vessel’s stern was already submerged. The boaters were transferred from their vessel to shore aboard the UTB.

“The main thing is to be prepared for anything,” said Petty Officer 2nd Class Micah Kennedy. “They had all the safety equipment that they needed aboard, even exceeding the number of lifejackets that they needed.”

Kennedy also said that making sure that all your safety equipment is aboard is crucial and that having a spare hand-held dewatering pump, just in case you need it, would be ideal.

Coast Guard Sector North Carolina is broadcasting a safety marine information broadcast to warn boaters of the vessel, which was left on scene.

Crewmembers of Station Wrightsville Beach are en route to the vessels to report its condition.

The owner is making arrangements to salvage the vessel.

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Final arguments made in John Edwards trial

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Defense attorneys for John Edwards are saying in their closing arguments that the former presidential candidate committed sins but did not commit any crimes.

Lead defense attorney Abbe Lowell said Thursday during closing arguments that the government did not prove Edwards knowingly or intentionally violated campaign finance law. That’s a key element that must be proven beyond a reasonable doubt to win a conviction.

Edwards is charged with six campaign finance violations. Prosecutors say he orchestrated a scheme to take about $1 million from two wealthy campaign donors to hide his pregnant mistress while he ran for the White House in 2008.

He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of all charges.

Jurors will begin deliberating Friday.

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

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ILM encourages early check-in during security updates

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Work to update security technology at Wilmington International Airport could mean some slowdowns getting through TSA screeners for a while.

Airport Deputy Director Julie Wilsey says new full body image scanners should arrive May 30. It will take a couple weeks to install them.

The renovations and upgrades mean the passenger screening area has been reduced to just one lane. To avoid missing a flight, the airport suggests passengers arrive at least two hours before their scheduled departure.

All the work should be done by late June.

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