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Parties’ challenge: Make conventions exciting TV

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

BETH FOUHY
Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Patriotic music? Check. Balloon drop? Check. Sign-waving delegates? Check.

Viewer interest in this summer’s Republican and Democratic national conventions? Still unclear.

With the parties’ quadrennial presidential nominating gatherings fast approaching, organizers on both sides are bedeviled by a similar challenge: how to increase TV viewer interest in the multiday affairs, which threaten to be largely predictable spectacles nearly devoid of suspense.

The conventions were a ratings hit in 2008, when Democrat Barack Obama became the first black presidential nominee for a major party and Sarah Palin made her national debut as Republican John McCain’s running mate.

This year’s gatherings promise fewer gee-whiz moments, with both party’s nominees long settled and polls showing public confidence in politics and government at a record low.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Man found shot to death on side of Duplin County road

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

WARSAW, NC (WWAY) — A Duplin County man was found dead on the side of a rural road earlier this week. Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace says Henry Bouyer Jr., 37, of Magnolia was found on Carrolls Road outside of Warsaw around 7 a.m. Tuesday.

Wallace says Bouyer died from gunshot wounds, but he would not say where Bouyer was shot.

The Duplin County Sheriff’s Office is looking for a suspect, but investigators are not releasing the name of the person wanted at this time.

Stay with WWAY for updates on this story as information becomes available.

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Isaac takes aim at Hispaniola, Cuba on deck

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

The U.S. Coast Guard closed all ports in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands

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Rouzer to speak at GOP convention

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

Will give a speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa on Monday

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Romney seeks to refocus campaign on the economy

Thursday, August 23rd, 2012

JULIE PACE
Associated Press

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) – Republican Mitt Romney is seeking to refocus his campaign on the economy after days of distraction.

Romney on Thursday will promote energy proposals aimed at creating more than 3 million new jobs and opening up more areas for drilling off the coast of Virginia and North Carolina, two political battleground states.

Romney’s pivot to energy, a key component of his jobs agenda, comes as the national debate has turned away from the Republican candidate’s jobs message and toward issues like rape, abortion, welfare and Medicare just 2½ months before Election Day.

Romney will discuss his energy plan in New Mexico. Aides say the proposals would result in more than $1 trillion in revenue for federal, state and local governments, plus millions of jobs.

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

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