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High court upholds key part of Obama health law

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

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Montford Point Marines receive nation’s highest civilian honor

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

WASHINGTON, DC (WWAY) — Decades after Montford Point at Camp Lejeune closed its doors, hundreds of black Marines who trained there received a major recognition Wednesday.

After more than 60 years, about 400 Marines were honored with the Congressional Gold Medal in Washington, DC, and a handful of those are from right here in the Port City.

“I don’t think that we imagined anything like this would happen in our lifetime,” said William McDowell, a Montford Point Marine, who accepted the medal on behalf of the other honorees.

The Marines of Montford Point were the first African-Americans to join the Marine Corps, after finally being allowed to serve in 1942. Wednesday House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH) and Senate Majority leader Harry Reid (D-NV) presented the Marines with the highest civilian honor the government bestows.

“My heart is literally filled with joy,” said F.M. Hooper, a Montford Point Marine who lives in Wilmington.

Hooper joined the Marines in 1949. He trained at Montford Point, but also saw the Corps transition to desegregation.

“The units were combined. Blacks and whites started working as a team,” Hooper said. “It was a very enjoyable way to leave.”

“In the face of intolerance and discrimination, the Montford Point Marines served our country with honor and distinction and for that they are true heroes,” Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) said during the ceremony.

From 1942 to 1949, about 20,000 black recruits trained at Montford Point. The majority of them served overseas during World War II. They were held out of white training grounds and many times out of battle. At the time they were seen as unfit for the role.

Last year, Congress unanimously passed a resolution to give the prestigious award to the Montford Pointers.

“Today the Corps is stronger because of your service,” Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) said. “Today America is greater because of your sacrifices.”

The Marines will each receive personal Congressional Gold Medals in another formal ceremony Thursday at the Commandant’s House in Washington.

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Benson man accused of moonshine operation

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

CLINTON, NC (AP) — A Benson man has been arrested and accused of running a moonshine operation in Sampson County.

The Fayetteville Observer reported 38-year-old Samuel Scott Byrd was arrested at the still behind an empty mobile home Tuesday.

Sampson sheriff’s deputies say they seized 24 gallons of moonshine.

Deputies destroyed a 500-gallon cooker and five 650-gallon vats. Officers also seized sugar and corn meal.

State Alcohol Law Enforcement agents accuse Byrd of a number of violations, including selling untaxed alcohol, possession of untaxed alcohol and possession of equipment to make untaxed alcohol.

Sheriff Jimmy Thornton says officers received a tip from a citizen.

It was unknown if Byrd has a lawyer.

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

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NC starts 2nd primary contest to weed out winners

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A statewide election is getting under way though most North Carolina voters may be unaware.

Early voting begins Thursday for the state’s second primary election. The one-stop voting option continues until July 14, with election day on July 17.

The second primary will decide the winners of Republican or Democratic contests that weren’t concluded by last month’s primary.

Runoffs include three congressional races, five statewide contests, four state Senate seats, and three state House races. All but three of those will be between Republicans, whose many hotly contested races are the reason for the unusually high number of primaries this year.

The statewide contests involve Republicans deciding their candidates for lieutenant governor, insurance commissioner, secretary of state, and superintendent of public instruction. Democrats must pick their candidate for labor commissioner.

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

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Barbecue expert Bob Garner shares his passion

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — ‘Good Morning Carolina’ welcomed one of North Carolina’s favorite barbecue experts to the studio this morning.

Bob Garner sat down with GMC’s Ashley Jacobs to talk about his new book: ‘Bob Garner’s Book of Barbecue." The journalist-turned-foodie is the author of two previous books and a television personality. He’s traveled the state and country to keep the conversation of barbecue going strong.

As Garner says, "Keep the fire burning," and keep trying new versions of "North Carolina’s favorite food."

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