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Archive for May, 2012

Advertising campaign opposing tax dollars for stadium launched

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Americans for Prosperity buys ads to oppose public funding

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Update meeting on Inland Greens planned

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

The city bought 31 acres inside Inland Green in March 2011.

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Disabled veterans worried about jobs at Sunny Point

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A group of disabled veterans is worried about keeping their jobs at Military Ocean Terminal Sunny Point. The vets serve as guards at the munitions depot, but newly enforced regulations mean they will soon have to take a physical test.

“I don’t understand why they’re doing it the way they are,” said William McGuire, president of the union that represents the federal workers at Sunny Point.

As a condition of their employment military workers across the country have to take a physical agility test, including 40 guards who are military veterans at Sunny Point. Half of them are disabled.

“I was hired, and the government knew I had that disability,” Sunny Point worker Sgt. John Messner said. “Now all of a sudden I have to take a pt test, which is going to aggravate the things wrong with my knees, my ankle, my shoulder and other things, so I’m very confused.”

Messner says many disabled veterans at Sunny Point are concerned they are either going to lose their jobs or have to relocate. He says more than that, he’s worried for the future work of disabled vets.

“We’ll probably see a lot of those people with the extra five points for disability. We’ll probably see fewer and fewer of them, because there’s a lot of them that probably would not be able to pass the PT test,” Messner said.

The guards’ union president says the PAT test will require personnel to run or walk a mile and a half in under 17 minutes and do a certain amount of sit-ups and push-ups. He says the policy that was made back in 2006 is unfair.

“How can you use standards from an active duty military person, a regular general infantry soldier who’s out in the field all the time doing this, hiking and marching through the woods versus somebody who’s a disabled vet, 10 to 30 point vet, who’s sitting in a patrol car,” McGuire said.

We talked to commanders at Sunny Point today. They said they were working on a response statement to this issue. So far, they have not sent it to us.

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NC site where ‘Hunger Games’ was shot being sold

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

HICKORY, NC (AP) — The North Carolina site where “The Hunger Games’ was filmed is being sold.

The Hickory Daily Record reports that the SyFy show “Hollywood Treasures” has sent out a release saying it has acquired Henry River Mill Village. The release also reminds people of its June 5 show that will feature the village, which is in eastern Burke County near Hildebran.

According to the release, the property will be auctioned by sealed bid through Los Angeles-based Profiles in History with a deadline of July 31. The asking price is $1.4 million.

Property owner Wade Shepherd said the show has 90 days to sell the property but he also retains the right to sell it. Shepherd also says he wants whoever buys the property to preserve it.

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

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John Edwards jury ends 7th day of deliberations

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — The jury in John Edwards’ campaign corruption trial has finished its seventh day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

The judge said Tuesday jurors are scheduled to work an extra 30 minutes if they need to on Wednesday and Thursday. They are set to leave early Friday to accommodate jurors’ family commitments, including attending high school graduations.

The judge met behind closed doors Tuesday with attorneys to talk about a problem with a juror, but it’s still not clear what was discussed.

Some of the alternate jurors wore matching shirts last week, and Edwards has exchanged smiles with one of the alternate jurors, a woman.

Edwards faces six charges involving nearly $1 million provided by two wealthy donors to help hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the White House.

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

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