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Archive for July, 2012

Local girl makes anti-bullying music video

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

WILMINGTON (WWAY) — A Wilmington girl takes action to help stop bullying. Jolie Montlick is a student at Cape Fear Academy, and spokesperson for A4K Club, an anti-bullying organization. Inspired by Taylor Swift, Jolie created an anti-bullying music video to reach out and put a stop bullying everywhere. She joins Ashley Jacobs on Good Morning Carolina for a live interview to talk more about her song and video.

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NC business groups warn of pending US budget cuts

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Federal budget cuts that will slash spending for schools, transportation and health programs is drawing attention from North Carolina businesses with defense contracts.

North Carolina’s chamber of commerce and the National Association of Manufacturers estimate that the defense spending cuts, part of an across-the-board budget balancing law, could cost 34,000 jobs in the state.

The North Carolina Chamber and the manufacturing lobbying group say they don’t know how many jobs will be lost from cuts to social and domestic spending due to take effect in January.

The groups point to trouble from the cuts agreed to last summer by congressional Republican leaders and President Barack Obama. Congress is scrambling to come up with a way to avoid automatic, $1.2 trillion in cuts in domestic and military programs over a decade.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC scientists warn of early tomato blight

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina scientists say unusual reports of a tomato-killing fungus could be the result of an abnormally hot spring.

North Carolina State University researchers say a form of blight has been found on tomatoes in two eastern counties – Northampton and Sampson.

The variant “late blight” was found earlier than usual in the growing season. It can also infect vegetables. The fungus is best known for causing the Irish Potato Famine in the 1800s during which one million people died and one million more left Ireland.

Scientists say most commercial farmers are aware of the fungus, but local farmers and community gardeners might want to apply fungicides to their crops or consider early harvests. The scientists say another alternative is to grow genetically engineered, blight-resistant tomatoes.

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

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Escaped macaque recaptured

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

Animal control officers have captured a macaque more than a week after it escaped.

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Residents voice opinions on smoking ban at Carolina Beach

Wednesday, July 11th, 2012

CAROLINA BEACH (WWAY) — Should smoking be snuffed out at Carolina Beach? That’s what town leaders asked members of the public Tuesday night.

“I can tell you that my email and voice mails have been flooded with both pros and cons,” Mayor Pro Tem Steve Shuttleworth said.

Several concerned citizens took to the podium to voice why they support or oppose a ban at the beach.

“Cigarette butts are litter and they’re ingested by turtles, fish, dolphins and even whales,” Carolina Beach resident Scott Veals said.

The issue of the butts being left behind is what fueled the passion of some of Tuesday’s speakers.

Kevin Murphy owns Odysea Surf School. He says he’s standing up for the children on the beach.

“All the children in this entire state would love to see a ban and I have a lot of passion for it because they really want it banned,” Murphy said.

One resident said he opposes the ban because he says he doesn’t want government telling him what he can and can’t do.

The council is reviewing Wrightsville Beach’s efforts to put the ban up to a vote of the people. Shuttleworth said after today, leaders hope to have a better idea of what residents want in their town.

“People are saying that it’s over-regulation, we don’t need regulation and other people saying it’s a health issue and it’s a trash issue,” Shuttleworth said. “Those are the things we want to hear from the citizens about and make a decision if it’s something we do want to move forward with or not move forward with.”

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