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Archive for July, 2012

NC activists dissatisfied with Alcoa’s PCB plan

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

BADIN, NC (AP) — Environmental groups want North Carolina regulators to force a full clean-up of a health-harming contaminant in a waterway near the closed Alcoa Inc. aluminum smelter.

Yadkin Riverkeeper and North Carolina Environmental Justice Network hold a meeting Saturday in the Stanly County town of Badin to draw attention to the PCB contamination.

Alcoa proposes covering a three-acre section of the Badin Lake bottom near the smelter it operated for 90 years to keep PCBs there from moving. The company says the sediments are no risk to humans and capping them prevents disturbance.

Activists want the state environment agency to require clean-up of all PCB contamination so that the fish are safe to eat. Officials have posted signs warning that catfish and large-mouth bass had elevated PCB levels.

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Perdue scheduled to speak at Wainwright funeral

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

NEW BERN, NC (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue will be among the mourners and speakers at funeral services for a leading Democrat in the North Carolina Legislature.

Perdue will participate in Saturday’s funeral of Rep. William Wainwright, who died Tuesday at age 64 after more than 20 years in the state House. Perdue and Wainwright both hailed from Craven County, served in the Legislature together and were political allies.

Wainwright’s funeral was scheduled for a New Bern middle school, with interment to follow at a Havelock cemetery.

Perdue had directed state flags be lowered at state buildings until dusk Saturday in honor of Wainwright. Now, North Carolina and U.S. flags will remain at half-staff through Wednesday as a tribute to the victims of the mass shooting at a Colorado movie theater.

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Man drowns along Ocracoke Island

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

OCRACOKE, NC (AP) — A spokeswoman for Hyde County says a man has drowned along Ocracoke Island.

County spokesman Jamie Carter says emergency officials got the call about 5 p.m. Friday. She says the man drowned on the north end of the island, which is part of North Carolina’s Outer Banks.

Several emergency providers responded, including EMS, the sheriff’s office, the National Park Service and the Ocracoke Volunteer Fire Department.

No other details were immediately available.

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Libertarian presidential candidate visits NC

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The Libertarian Party’s presidential candidate will join the party’s gubernatorial hopeful in North Carolina to run on the campaign trail both figuratively and literally.

Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson plans to join North Carolina nominee Barbara Howe on Saturday morning in a 5-kilometer run north of Charlotte. Howe said it will be her 50th 5K run since promising to run that distance in all 100 counties as part of her campaign.

The state Libertarian Party says Johnson will campaign in Charlotte later Saturday. He’ll hold a lunch fundraiser, speak at a rally of conservatives opposed to what they call unconstitutional wars and participate in a dinner at a Charlotte country club.

Howe has run for governor two previous times.

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NC man jailed after homemade bombs found in car

Saturday, July 21st, 2012

SHELBY, N.C. (AP) – Officials in Cleveland County say a 43-year-old man is in jail after two homemade bombs were found in his car.

Authorities say Anthony Steven Carpenter led police on a two-state chase on Interstate 85. The discovery of explosives in his car forced officials to close northbound I-85 for several hours.

Deputies in Cherokee County, S.C., went to a campground to serve a warrant against Carpenter. They say Carpenter assaulted an officer, got into his car and drove off. Thursday’s pursuit ended when Carpenter’s car crashed near mile marker 5 in Cleveland County.

A bomb squad from Gaston County detonated the two devices.

Carpenter is jailed without bond on state fugitive charges and is wanted in South Carolina on several fraud-related charges. Jail records didn’t show whether Carpenter has an attorney.

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