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Archive for May, 2012

Effort on NC juvenile court age still lacks unity

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina General Assembly dramatic changes last year to the state criminal justice system that were billed as a way to eliminate the need for additional prison beds and to reduce repeat offenders.

Now proponents of a change to divert more young suspects away from the adult court and prison system into the juvenile system hope for a similar bipartisan outcome this year.

North Carolina is one of only two states where 16- and 17-year-olds are automatically prosecuted in adult court. Bill supporters want the state’s age of juvenile jurisdiction raised. They say too many young people wind up in adult court with criminal records they can’t shake.

Some lawmakers such as Senate leader Phil Berger aren’t sold yet that a change is needed.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC asked to support black Revolutionary War vets

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A Virginia man who wants the U.S. government to build a monument to blacks who fought in the Revolutionary War is asking North Carolina counties and towns to approve a resolution in support of the effort.

Maurice Barboza founded Liberty Fund DC, which supports building a monument off the National Mall in Washington, D.C.

He started by asking local government officials in the 1st Congressional District to sign resolutions in support of the monument because more blacks tied to the war lived in that area than any other in North Carolina. On Friday, 27 counties in 11 other congressional districts received the information, and he planned to send the information to state leaders Monday.

Barboza says it’s important that Americans know all of their history, not just part.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Hickory opens playground in honor of Zahra Baker

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

HICKORY, NC (AP) — Hickory has opened a playground to honor Zahra Baker, the 10-year-old disabled girl from Australia who was killed by her stepmother in North Carolina.

The Hickory Daily Record reports officials cut the ribbon at the playground Saturday. It was paid for with $200,000 of donations.

Zahra wore a prosthetic leg, a result of her fight with two bouts of cancer, so the playground honors her in part by having swings and other attractions that can be used by disabled children.

A plaque outside the playground reads “Zahra, You Touched Us 1999 – 2010.”

Zahra was reported missing in October 2010. Her body was found weeks later. Elisa Baker was sentenced to 15 to 18 years in prison in September after pleading guilty to second-degree murder and other charges.

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

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11 a.m. update – Tropical Storm Alberto weakens a little

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

Little or no change in strength was expected through Sunday

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STORMTRACK 3: Tropical Storm Alberto expected to have little impact on SE NC

Sunday, May 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hurricane Season is off to an early start as Tropical Storm Alberto formed off the South Carolina coast nearly two weeks before the official June first start date. The system started as a small disturbance, but has spun into the first tropical system of the 2012 Atlantic Hurricane Season.

TS Alberto has maximum sustained winds of 50 mph. The system is traveling west-southwest along the East Coast at about six mph. It is expected to turn toward the NE on Monday and be closest to the North Carolina coast Monday night into Tuesday. However, Alberto’s track has shifted to the east, and with it being farther offshore, the impacts here in our area will likely be minimal.

No Tropical Storm Watches/Warnings are currently in effect for our area. However, a Tropical Storm Watch is in effect for the South Carolina coast from the Savannah River to the South Santee River.

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.

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