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Archive for July, 2012

Turnout expectations low ahead of second primary

Monday, July 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — You may have voted in May, but North Carolina’s primary campaign wraps up tomorrow. Meanwhile candidates are still trying to get the word out about the election.

The Associated Press reports fewer than 37,000 people statewide took advantage of early voting in the second primary, and tomorrow’s turn-out does not look too promising.

“I was not aware there was an election tomorrow,” Wilmington voter Rachel Knox said.

She was not alone. Most of the people we talked with Monday did not know about Tuesday’s second primary.

“I did know that. Yea,” Kim Ewonus of Wilmington said. But the only reason he knew was a reminder from the New Hanover County Board of Elections.

“When they sent me a thing with my new polling place, it also said when the next election was,” Ewonus said.

“I haven’t heard about it,” Knox said. “I feel like it hasn’t been publicized very well.”

The voting will finish determining the candidates on November’s ballot for five of the state’s most important public positions, including one of the bigger run-offs between Republicans Tony Gurley and Dan Forest for Lt. Governor.

Republicans will also vote for insurance commissioner, secretary of state and superintendent of public instruction.

The superintendent’s race pits Wake County school board member John Tedesco against special education teacher Richard Alexander of Monroe. They differ on whether the job should ultimately remain a statewide elected position. The winner will take on Democrat June Atkinson.

Only one statewide runoff is for a Democratic nomination. John Brooks and Marlowe Foster want to challenge Labor Commissioner Cherie Berry in November.

But with no local candidates on the ballot, Tuesday’s turn-out is looking pretty bleak.

“I don’t know,” Ewonus said of going to the polls. “If I do, I won’t know a whole lot about it. I’m not even sure yet.”

“I feel like I would be an uninformed voter if I went out tomorrow,” Knox said.

Just how low are expectations? New Hanover County Elections Director Marvin McFadyen says if there is a two-percent voter turnout tomorrow, which is about 3,000 people in the county, it would be considered high. Only 270 came out for early voting.

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‘Iron Man 3’ flying over Cape Fear River; other productions along for the ride

Monday, July 16th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Hollywood East is alive and well.

At least Four productions are actively filming in the Cape Fear, and one more with big names is on the way.

The cast and crew of the big-budget blockbuster “Iron Man 3” were at it again Monday, this time full of wet and wild stunts. About a dozen people swung from a rig over the Cape Fear River between PPD and the Convention Center, dropping to the water while screaming.

Over the weekend, “Iron Man 3” producer Kevin Feige said watching the stunts come together makes the whole movie worth it.

“There’s nothing more satisfying than working on a movie for a year and a half on the concept art and the script pages and then being there on the day and watching it come to life is pretty awesome,” Feige said.

IM3 fans marvelled at the river stunt Monday, waiting all day to see more.

Star Robert Downey Jr. stopped my the big ComiCon convention in California Saturday. He said fans are what it’s all about.

“It took everyone a while to catch on, but the audiences have been driving the direction that movies go for quite some time now,” Downey said.

There is still no word exactly how the theatrics will play out in the movie, but director Shane Black says fans can expect something different.

“Suspense. There you go. Not just action. Hopefully we’ll get some really good tension out of this thing too. It will feel different. You’ll see,” Black said.

“Iron Man” is not alone in Wilmywood. Just blocks from the water set-up, the TV series “Revolution” began shooting Monday.

The HBO movie “Mary & martha,” starring Hilary Swank was shooting on a private road near the Intracoastal Waterway.

Nicholas Sparks was in Southport to see his book “Safe Haven” being turned into a movie over the weekend.

And extras are being cast for “We are the Millers,” which stars Jennifer Aniston.

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Road to close for bridge work in Pender county

Monday, July 16th, 2012

PENDER CO., NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Department of Transportation will close State Road 1520 (Old Maple Hill Road), east of Burgaw.

Crews will be working to replace the bridge over Holly Shelter Creek beginning Monday, July 23 and ending November 19, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

NCDOT is urging drivers to use alternate routes and allow for extra travel time.

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Meet the finalists for CFCC’s top job

Monday, July 16th, 2012

Finalists for Cape Fear Community College president will meet with students, faculty and the general public in a series of open forums.

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Dalton, McCrory won’t use transition reserve

Monday, July 16th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The two major candidates for North Carolina governor say they won’t use reserves the Legislature set aside for additional expenses associated with a new administration if elected in November.

Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton and Pat McCrory told WRAL-TV they wouldn’t use funds beyond the $420,000 set aside for inauguration and transition activities for the next governor and new Council of State members. It’s the same amount funded for the transition four years ago when Bev Perdue became governor.

The Legislature set aside another $330,000 in this year’s budget for temporary staff and other activities.

Dalton said he thinks the Republican-led Legislature created the reserve in anticipation of a McCrory victory. Senate budget-writer Richard Stevens said there was nothing political about it.

McCrory said he did not ask for the funding increase.

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

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