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Archive for June, 2012

NC House votes to legalize fracking

Friday, June 15th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The North Carolina House has approved a form of natural gas drilling critics say will contaminate groundwater.

The drilling method known as fracking was endorsed by a 66 to 43 vote in the House on Thursday evening. The measure has sped through the Legislature in less than two weeks, and the bill now returns to the Senate for consideration of minor amendments.

The hydraulic fracturing drilling method involves injected a drilled well with chemicals, water and sand at high speed to break up shale rock deep underground and free trapped natural gas. Environmentalists worry the drilling has not been thoroughly studied and could lead to groundwater contamination, earthquakes and flammable drinking water. Supporters say the bill will help the state harvest domestic energy and create new jobs.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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SBI doesn’t want to release failed test reports

Friday, June 15th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina prosecutors say the State Bureau of Investigation is refusing to turn over the failed certification tests of some crime lab analysis.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported about two dozen analysts failed national certification tests that were supposed to reassure the public that lab work was correct.

The SBI was criticized two years ago when an auditor found that hundreds of old blood examinations were incorrectly reported. Officials say agency’s policies and practices improperly favored prosecutors.

Prosecutors say the SBI is now refusing to turn over the test results, saying they are private personnel records.

Prosecutors say that could hamper cases handled by the lab workers.

Lab director Joe John says he intended to inform prosecutors in January but never mailed a letter he wrote.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC NAACP supports man who says he was wrongly imprisoned

Friday, June 15th, 2012

WILSON, NC (AP) — The North Carolina chapter of the NAACP is speaking out in support of a man who says he’s wrongly imprisoned for killing a man at his home in Georgia.

The president of North Carolina’s NAACP, the Rev. William Barber, will hold a news conference Friday outside the courthouse in Wilson in support of John McNeil, who went to high school there. His wife, Anita, lives in Wilson and will attend the news conference.

McNeil is serving a life sentence. He has said he had little choice but to open fire when Brian Epp charged at him with a knife during a December 2005 shouting match. The Georgia Supreme Court has upheld McNeil’s murder conviction.

The NAACP says an attorney has argued before an appellate judge that McNeil had inadequate counsel.

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

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Deputies search for another missing teen

Friday, June 15th, 2012

CAROLINA SHORES, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputies are looking for a 16-year-old girl. Marguerite Alexandra Jones was last seen at home with her mother, when a white man in a green SUV kept driving by, according to a news release from the Sheriff’s Office.

The mother told police her daughter may know the man and thinks her daughter went with him. Marguerite Alexandra is "believed to frequent the Ocean Isle and Sunset Beach areas of Brunswick County," according to the release.

The missing teen is described as a white girl with black hair and brown eyes, standing 5’5" and weighs 115lbs.

If you have information, call the Sheriff’s Office at (910)880-4942.

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UPDATE: Missing teen returns home

Friday, June 15th, 2012

 SOUTHPORT, NC (WWAY) — A missing 15-year-old has returned home safely.

WWAY originally reported that Brunswick County Sheriff’s Deputies were searching for missing 15-year-old Trevor Douglas Kepley. The young man was last seen at 4362 Sea Pines Drive in Southport, North Carolina.

Just after 2:00am, deputies sent a news release asking media outlets to post the teen’s photo. Little information pertaining to his disappearance was available at the time.

The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office thanks everyone for their tips during the time the child was missing.



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