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Archive for May, 2012

Edwards, mistress could still be called to testify

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) – Attorneys for John Edwards are indicating their case is winding down, but they are not yet saying whether they will call the former presidential candidate or his mistress to testify.

Defense attorneys said they would make a decision later Tuesday on whether to call Edwards and Rielle Hunter. It was not clear when they would make that decision public.

Testimony ended Tuesday for the day with the trial still focusing on financial records.

Edwards is accused of masterminding a plan to use about $1 million from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress as he ran for the White House in 2008. Edwards has pleaded not guilty to six counts of campaign finance violations. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Severe Thunderstorm Watch in effect — Storms likely

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Damaging winds, large hail, and frequent lightning are all possible across the area this afternoon. That’s why the National Weather Service has issued a Severe Thunderstorm Watch for the entire area until 9pm. With any watch, that means that severe weather is possible – but not yet occurring – across the area. 
 
Plenty of heat and humidity are providing the fuel needed for multiple thunderstorms to form in Southeastern North Carolina. These will grow through the afternoon and evening, mainly affecting the inland portions of our viewing area. 
 
As always, keep it right here at WWAY on-air, online on our Facebook page, and on Twitter for all the latest warnings as they are issued. You can also track the storms at home by using our Interactive Radar – or on your mobile device by downloading the StormTrack 3 Weather App. 
 
– Meteorologist Tim Buckley

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Retiring CFCC President McKeithan in the running for Fla. job

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

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House fire kills 82-year-old, granddaughter escapes

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

WILLARD, NC (WWAY) — An elderly woman is dead after an early-morning house fire.

Investigators say Edna Gurganious, 82, died. Her 17-year-old granddaughter managed to get out of the house on Pelham Road in Willard.

Firefighters believe the fire started around 3 a.m. They are still investigating the cause.

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ONLY ON 3: Brunswick Nuclear Plant to blame for deaths of endangered sea turtles

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012

SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — Three endangered sea turtles died recently near the Brunswick Nuclear Plant in Southport. The turtles died after getting into the canal that provides cooling water for plant operations.

The Brunswick Nuclear Plant is not far from the Atlantic Ocean. At times, migrating sea turtles make their way onto the property. This time, it had deadly consequences.

“It’s the filtration racks that are designed to block trash from getting into the cooling water, but sometimes they catch turtles, fish or other wildlife, and this is an example of one where an endangered sea turtle was actually killed,” said Tom Clements of the Alliance for Nuclear Accountability.

The plant found not one, but three green sea turtles dead in the intake canal last week. Clements learned about the first death via an e-mail from the plant on the Nuclear Regulatory Commission’s website.

“Some of these things don’t reach the public unless you go searching for them,” he said.

Clements hopes the death of the sea turtle will lead to some changes at the Brunswick Nuclear Plant, which may already be happening.

“A number of constructed barriers are in place at the entrance to the canal that provides cooling water for plant operations,” Progress Energy Communication Specialist Ryan Mosier said in a statement. “These barriers help prevent marine life from entering the waterway. It is unusual for us to find this number of small turtles in the canal, and we have taken measures to bolster the barriers that prevent them from coming in contact with plant operations.”

The NC Wildlife Resources Commission is examining the turtles to determine the cause of death.

Progress Energy says that will help the company work to prevent any future challenges for the turtles in the area.

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