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ONLY ON 3: Dogs on Deployment helps military pets while owners deploy

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Animal shelters often see an influx of pets when member of the military have to deploy. One organization hopes to change that by finding foster parents for the animals.

Technical Sgt. Marco Kalkbrenner was ready to deploy to Afghanistan, when he found out a friend could not watch his boxer Jake.

“It was getting to that point where I was going to have to give away Jake, and I was kinda heartbroken,” Kalkbrenner said.

The airman based at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base searched online and found Dogs on Deployment. It’s an organization started last summer by a military couple who realized the need for foster pet parents.

“We thought it was a good idea to provide a network for military members to find people to watch pets when fulfilling their military commitments,” founder Alisa Johnson said.

Within no time, Kalkbrenner was matched up with Aimee Kryszcvynski.

“Our servicemen give back so much to us, so this is the least I could do,” she said.

Kryszcvynski took photos and videos of Jake and sent them to Kalkbrenner while he was in Afghanistan. It helped put his mind at ease.

“Instead of being in Afghanistan worried about what’s going on with my dog, I’m able to focus on my job and not worry about is my dog being treated good or is he all right,” Kalkbrenner said.

After nearly six months, Kalkbrenner returned to North Carolina. He and jake were quickly reunited. It was a bittersweet but rewarding moment for Kryszcvynski.

“I knew this was not my dog. I was doing a service, but he became a part of my family,” she said. “But I also knew he needed to go back home where he belonged.”

Since Dogs on Deployment started, it has matched up 100 animals, including dogs, cats and even a turtle.

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UNCW tops magazine list for low-cost MBA program

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

The University of North Carolina Wilmington’s Cameron School of Business tops a U.S. News and World Report list of low-cost Master of Business Administration programs, according to a release from the school.

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House fire on 8th and Queen Streets

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Dispatch confirms a house is on fire at 8th and Queen Streets.

No other details are known at this time.

Stay with WWAY for more on this developing story.

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McComas to leave House seat, take over Ports Authority

Wednesday, August 29th, 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.

Gov. Bev Perdue today announced in a news release that McComas, a Republican from New Hanover County, will resign his House seat Sunday to become chairman of the Ports Authority.

“The ports are a critical component to the economy of North Carolina,” Gov. Perdue said in a statement. “Rep. McComas’s appointment demonstrates my commitment to the continued success and growth of the North Carolina State Ports Authority. I want the best person in the job, no matter what side of the aisle he or she sits on.”

“I am honored to be given the opportunity to continue working to strengthen our state’s economy,” McComas said in a statement. “The state ports service a vital economic need for all who choose to do business in North Carolina and it is imperative that we keep our state economically competitive. As chairman, I can continue my work in helping our state meet the demands of a global economy while improving the infrastructure needs of our state’s transportation systems.”

Rep. McComas was first elected in 1994 and has served for 18 years. He announced earlier this year he would not seek re-election. McComas currently serves as chairman of the Commerce Committee.

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Whistleblower suit filed against GE-Hitachi by Wilmington employee

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

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