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Archive for May, 2012

NC business chamber shares wishes with lawmakers

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina legislators are meeting with hundreds of members of the state’s business community at an annual event where corporate wish lists are made known.

The North Carolina Chamber hosts its annual conference in Raleigh on Tuesday, just days after this year’s session of the General Assembly got started. The business lobby uses the event to tell lawmakers about changes to state law they want to help companies profit and expand.

The chamber’s conference also is a chance for state politicians to curry favor with business executives who might be able to help with this year’s election campaigns.

Both candidates for governor are among the speakers, Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory. The top leaders of the state House and Senate are also invited.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Pender commissioners put cemetery issue on hold for 60 days

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

The Pender County commissioners on Monday night tabled for 60 days a couple’s request to move a family cemetery in Hampstead that’s on their property.

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STORMTRACK 3: Alberto now a tropical depression, heading out to sea

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Alberto is no longer a tropical storm. The system is now simply an area of low pressure, and has begun to race its way out to sea.

The storm exits the southeast coast without bringing any major impacts to the Carolinas. All we will expect in our area today is a slightly increased risk of rip currents at area beaches. It should be noted that many beaches still do not have lifeguards at this point in the season.

TS Alberto jumped the gun by about two weeks. Alberto is the earliest-forming tropical storm in the Atlantic basin since Ana in 2003. This is also the first time that a tropical storm has formed before the official start of the Hurricane Season in both the Atlantic and East Pacific basins.

Stick with WWAY for all the latest on our early start to Hurricane Season, and check out Hurricanes 101 for all the details. Don’t miss StormFest 2012 and a chance to meet with the WWAY Weather Team to get yourself prepared for any storms that head our way. It’s June 2nd at the Cape Fear Museum in Wilmington.

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NC teacher suspended after yelling at Obama critic

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

SPENCER, N.C. (AP) – A North Carolina high school teacher has been suspended following the release of a YouTube video in which she is heard yelling at a student in class and telling him it’s wrong to criticize President Barack Obama.

The Salisbury Post reports (http://bit.ly/JK6r3b) that Tonya Dixon-Neely’s class at North Rowan High School was discussing Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney when the conversation turned to accusations that Romney bullied someone as a teenager.

An argument followed, with some students questioning whether Obama also bullied someone in high school. Dixon-Neely was heard describing the question as disrespectful and that Obama wouldn’t be disrespected in her classroom. One student responded that he would say what he wanted to.

The video had close to 450,000 views on YouTube as of Monday evening.


Information from: Salisbury Post, http://www.salisburypost.com

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

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Fort Bragg soldier dies after Afghanistan attack

Tuesday, May 22nd, 2012

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – Military officials say a soldier based at Fort Bragg has died of wounds suffered in Afghanistan.

The Department of Defense announced Monday that 20-year-old Spc. Samuel T. Watts of Wheaton, Ill., died May 19, in Bethesda, Md., of wounds sustained April 25 in Zharay when he was attacked with an enemy improvised explosive device.

Watts was assigned to the 1st Battalion, 508th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division.

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

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