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Archive for August, 2012

Charlotte Douglas airport to build new runway

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Charlotte Douglas International Airport says it’s building a 12,000-foot runway that its aviation director says will lessen noise for some residents under current flight paths.

The Charlotte Observer reports (http://bit.ly/SOQnR0 ) that Aviation Director Jerry Orr said the new runway would be longer than existing runways, allowing for nonstop departures to Europe or the Pacific rim, although no such flights are in the immediate future. Those routes need a longer runway because the planes carry more fuel.

The $160 million project will be the airport’s fifth runway, and its fourth parallel runway. It will allow the airport to land three planes at once, while keeping one runway exclusively for takeoffs.

Orr said he plans to begin environmental studies next year. Construction can probably begin in 2014.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Military Cutoff plans unveiled

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

Residents say extension will lower property values, raise noise levels

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Poultry processor choses Nash County for plant

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

ROCKY MOUNT, N.C. (AP) – A Mississippi poultry processor has selected a site in Nash County for a new chicken plant.

Sanderson Farms says no decision has been made on when to start work on the plant near Interstate 95 and N.C. 97 southwest of Rocky Mount.

Chairman and CEO Joe F. Sanderson Jr., says the company plans to hire 1,100 employees for the plant when it is constructed.

Sanderson says the company has purchased land on N.C. 97 to serve as a hatchery and has options to buy property for a wastewater treatment plant. Nash County owns the 142-acre tract that would be used for the processing plant.

The city of Wilson has been fighting to halt the plant, saying the construction of chicken houses near the plant could jeopardize the environment.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Winston-Salem school evacuated after fire

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — Officials in Winston-Salem evacuated an elementary school after a fire near the building.

Officials think the fire that started in some brush Tuesday afternoon was intentionally set. The blaze spread to the roof of a textile building.

The 300 students at the charter school, Arts Based Elementary, were evacuated as a precaution.

No injuries were reported.

No arrests have been reported.

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

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SC woman pleads in NC racing deaths

Wednesday, August 29th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A South Carolina woman has entered a plea in the deaths of three people in a drag race in North Carolina.

Forty-seven-year-old Carlene Atkinson of Lake Wylie, S.C., entered what’s known as an Alford plea to three counts of involuntary manslaughter in the 2009 deaths in Mecklenburg County.

An Alford plea does not admit guilt, but acknowledges there is enough evidence for a jury to reach a guilty verdict.

Atkinson will serve at least two years and eight months in prison.

Co-defendant Tyler Stasko was convicted of involuntary manslaughter in December and was sentenced to nearly four years in prison.

The victims were 45-year-old Cynthia Furr, a professor at Winthrop University in Rock Hill, S.C., and her 2-year-old daughter, McAllister, and 13-year-old Hunter Holt, who was in Stasko’s car.

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

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