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Archive for August, 2012

McComas ports post could cause political domino effect

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Longtime state Rep. Danny McComas will leave his seat earlier than expected to take over the North Carolina State Ports Authority. However, his vacant position in the House could cause a domino affect in both New Hanover County and state government.

“We will give it our best, and I think we will be able to position our ports here in Wilmington and Morehead City and to where they need to be, so that we can compete with those to the north and to the south,” Rep. McComas said.

After 18 years in the House, McComas decided earlier this year to not run for reelection. With McComas now leaving early, the New Hanover County Republican Party can fill his House seat if it chooses.

However, that could cause a ripple effect in state and county government ahead of November’s election. The GOP could pick Ted Davis, who is running for McComas’s seat, which would in turn open up his current seat on the New Hanover County Commission.

Davis’s Democratic opponent Emilie Swearingen says if Davis is chosen to fill the slot, he may have an unfair advantage come November.

“I believe it would be fair for the people in District 19 if they would select someone who is not running for office and just be a place holder and hold that position until the election,” Swearingen said.

New Hanover County Republican Party Chair Rhonda Amoroso says the logical choice would be Davis, but she says nothing is set in stone. She says they should know more in the next few days after the executive committee is called in to meet. Once the committee comes to an agreement, Amoroso says they will give their recommendation to Gov. Bev Perdue, who has seven days to take action.

Davis says he will have to speak with Amoroso, his wife and McComas to find out what he will do next.

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Fungus prolific among us in Cape Fear region

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

Recent heavy rainfalls have led to a bumper crop of mushrooms throughout the Cape Fear region

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School bus involved in wreck

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

A bus accident at 13th and Dawson streets sent the driver and students to hospitals

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Charlotte airport pulls survey on president choice

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Those using the free Wi-Fi at Charlotte Douglas International Airport are no longer seeing a pop-up survey question about their presidential preference.

The Charlotte Observer reported that airport officials stopped the survey earlier this month.

Airport spokeswoman Lee Davis says the airport was not conducting the survey and did not see the results. The question was for Google Consumer Surveys and came from a third-party advertising vendor at the airport, Cloud Nine Media.

Davis says the question violated airport advertising police against using political questions.

Cloud Nine CEO Sebastian Tonkin says the question is one of thousands that rotate randomly. Tonkin says he doesn’t know how many people were asked the presidential question. He says the question is not connected to the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte next week.

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

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Cape Fear Skyway to be discussed with NC officials

Thursday, August 30th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (AP) — Leaders in the Wilmington area want to meet with North Carolina transportation officials to discuss the possibility of building a toll road almost 10 miles long that would be known as the Cape Fear Skyway.

The region’s Transportation Advisory Committee voted Wednesday to hold a workshop to discuss the $1 billion Skyway and other alternatives for crossing the Cape Fear River. No date has been set.

There are currently only two bridges across the river linking Brunswick and New Hanover counties in the Wilmington area.

Alternatives to the Skyway bridge could include replacing the existing Cape Fear Memorial Bridge or adding a new span.

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

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