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Archive for June, 2012

4 injured in unrelated Goldsboro shootings

Monday, June 11th, 2012

GOLDSBORO, NC (AP) — Four people have been injured at two separate shootings in Goldsboro over the weekend.

Police say someone opened fired at a graduation party early Sunday, striking 17-year-old Christah Tanjere Battle and 20-year-old Michael Deshaun Sawyer.

Sawyer underwent emergency surgery, and officials said his condition was stable Monday. Battle was treated and released from the hospital.

A few hours before that shooting. 26-year-old Vanradius Vonyell Fields and 27-year-old Shawn Naurice Holmes were shot at a Goldsboro barbershop. Officials said both were in stable condition Monday.

No one has been arrested in either shooting, but police say the incidents weren’t related.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Statute allows mothers to breast-feed anywhere they’re allowed

Monday, June 11th, 2012

Pool incident reveals N.C. law

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NRC schedules public meeting to discuss performance of Brunswick Nuclear

Monday, June 11th, 2012

ATLANTA, GA (NRC NEWS RELEASE) — The US Nuclear Regulatory Commission staff has scheduled a meeting for Thursday, June 21, to discuss the agency’s assessment of safety performance during 2011 at the Brunswick nuclear power plant. The plant, operated by Progress Energy, is located near Southport.

The meeting, in the Brunswick Media Center Auditorium, 8520 River Road SE in Southport, will begin at 6 p.m. with a brief presentation followed by a question and answer session.

NRC staff members will be available to answer questions on the safety performance of the Brunswick plant, as well as the NRC role in ensuring safe plant operation.

“During 2011, our inspectors spent many hours ensuring that the Brunswick plant met NRC safety requirements and protected both people living near the plant and the environment,” said NRC Region II Administrator Victor McCree.

NRC inspectors also looked at whether there were immediate safety concerns at Brunswick and other US plants after the March 2011 events at the Fukushima Daiichi plant in Japan. Those reviews found that the units continued to operate safely.

A letter sent from the NRC Region II office to plant officials addresses the performance of the plant during 2011 and will serve as the basis for the meeting discussion. It is available on the NRC website at: www.nrc.gov/NRR/OVERSIGHT/ASSESS/LETTERS/bru_2011q4.pdf.

Both Brunswick units are currently subject to increased NRC oversight and inspection based on a “white” inspection finding in late 2011 associated with the fuel oil tank rooms for emergency diesel generators. The NRC plans to conduct a supplemental inspection this year to review the company’s actions to address those issues.

An emergency response staffing issue identified in September 2010 led to increased oversight in the first half of 2011, but an NRC inspection found the company had addressed that issue and the plant was returned to normal oversight until the diesel generator issue was identified. That finding led the NRC to again increase inspection and oversight of the plant.

The NRC uses color-coded inspection findings and performance indicators to assess plant performance. The colors go from “green,” which has very low safety significance, to “white,” which means low to moderate safety significance, to “yellow” or “red,” based on the significance of the issues. Inspection findings and performance indicators are updated on the NRC’s web site ( www.nrc.gov ) each quarter.

Current performance information for Brunswick Unit 1 is available on the NRC web site at www.nrc.gov/NRR/OVERSIGHT/ASSESS/BRU1/bru1_chart.html. Current performance information for Unit 2 is at www.nrc.gov/NRR/OVERSIGHT/ASSESS/BRU2/bru2_chart.html.

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Body found at Greenfield Lake Park

Monday, June 11th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say the body of a middle-aged black woman was found at Greenfield Lake Park early Monday morning.

Investigators say a homeless person found the woman near the picnic tables by the playground next to the lake. At this time, investigators say they believe the woman died of natural causes.

Witnesses say she was well known in the homeless community and often spent the night in the park. Police are not releasing the name of the victim until her family is notified.

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New hurricane center head turned fear into career

Monday, June 11th, 2012

JENNIFER KAY
Associated Press

MIAMI (AP) — Hurricanes used to frighten the National Hurricane Center’s new director when he was growing up in Florida and Texas.

Rick Knabb understands tropical storm systems better now, but he says he still doesn’t like their howling winds. He says being prepared with supplies and a secured home helps ease his concerns long before a storm nears land.

Knabb urges coastal residents to get ready for hurricanes now instead of waiting for storm warnings to be posted.

Knabb took over at the hurricane center in Miami from Bill Read, who retired June 1 after four years as director. He’s returning to Florida after two years at The Weather Channel.

Two tropical storms have already formed off the US coast this year. The six-month Atlantic hurricane season ends Nov. 30.

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

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