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Archive for August, 2012

Duke Energy CEO: Details of merger work going well

Friday, August 31st, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Duke Energy CEO Jim Rogers is telling North Carolina regulators the merger with Progress Energy is progressing well two months after the deal creating the country’s largest electric company was done.

Rogers said Friday in a letter to the state Utilities Commission that more than 1,100 workers chose to take voluntary buyouts and the jobs for the top three layers of managers are about two-thirds filled by people from the old Duke Energy. Rogers says the company’s state headquarters is moving to Raleigh, and the Charlotte-based power company was able to borrow $1.2 billion at low rates in a bond sale.

Utilities regulators and North Carolina’s attorney general are investigating Duke Energy over its surprise ouster of the Progress Energy CEO who was supposed to take over the combined company.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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VOTE 2012: New Hanover Co. discusses polling place signage

Friday, August 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As November nears, the New Hanover County Board of Elections discussed issues at polling places Friday.

You may remember the sign in May when the Devon Methodist Church, which was a polling place, had a sign that proclaimed, “A true marriage is male and female and God.”

Some voters claimed it was a form of voter intimidation, and the issue garnered national attention. Others say they did nothing wrong.

“It’s their very own property,” says New Hanover County voter Joann Barb. “They should be allowed to do that.”

“Property owners have the same rights of freedom relating to speech whether it’s an election or anything else,” says New Hanover County Elections Director Marvin McFadyen.

Though it is within their constitutional rights, McFadyen says he hopes this time around polling places will choose to steer clear of putting up signage that may have to do with an issue on the ballot.

Sometimes referendums will relate to a certain issue in the community,” McFadyen says. “I guess we could look at what’s going to be on the November ballot as far as the City of Wilmington bond referendum.

Barb says regardless of the sign, it would not change her vote.

“Oh I don’t think it would sway voters,” she says. “Voters are going to vote what’s in their heart and how they feel.”

“It really does come down to the rights of the individual,” McFadyen says.

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Brunswick News & Notes – Little Learners program; Cub Scouts; beekeepers; Intercultural Festival

Friday, August 31st, 2012

The popular Leland’s Little Learners preschool reading program returns this fall.

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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: Man on a mission for Flight 93 memorial

Friday, August 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Matthew Hunt says one September 11 memorial has been overlooked. That’s why Hunt is driving across the country on a campaign called I-40 for 40, in an effort to raise funds for the Flight 93 National Memorial.

Hunt has packed up his Toyota Prius and is ready to hit the open road today, driving from Wilmington to Barstow, California.

“It’s just a simple way to give back,” Hunt said.

Hunt has made it his goal to draw more attention and generate more funding for the completion of the United Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA, where Flight 93 crashed after 40 passengers thwarted an attack on the US Capitol.

“I wish people would just take the time to think about what those 40 passengers did on Flight 93. “

Through Hunt’s campaign, I-40 for 40, he’s asking others to drive 40 miles on Interstate 40 and donate a dollar per mile, leading up to September 11.

“I-40 for 40 is a way for anybody to give back,” Hunt said. “All they have to do is get on I-40 and drive 40 miles.”

Hunt says people often forget that fateful day in Pennsylvania and he says the memorial has been neglected. “It’s the only 911 memorial not fully funded.”

Hunt is hoping to change that during his cross-country drive. To those who ask the question, “Why would one man take on such a challenging task?”

“Without their actions, where would we be today? That’s the question,” Hunt said.

To learn more on how you can get involved you can go to aroseofthanks.org.

If you’d like to nominate an extraordinary person, you can email and at ccatlett@wwaytv3.com

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Campaign volunteer organizes bus trip for Obama speech

Friday, August 31st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Have a ticket to President Obama’s acceptance speech next week? You don’t have to drive yourself.

One campaign volunteer has organized a bus trip from Wilmington to Charlotte for the event that caps off the Democratic National Convention at Bank of America Stadium Thursday.

Bus tickets are $40. You can get them at Obama campaign headquarters at 4401 Wrightsville Avenue until 7 p.m. Friday and again Saturday until they sell out.

Buses leave from Independence Mall Thursday at 10 a.m.

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