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Archive for August, 2012

Wilmington Council to consider asking DOT to name interchange for Lanny Wilson

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Among the crowded agenda for tonight’s Wilmington City Council meeting is a resolution to ask the Department of Transportation to name part of a busy road in honor of a former Board of Transportation member who quit amidst controversy.

The proposal would ask the DOT to “Dedicate the Interchange and Associated Bridge Structure at North 23rd Street and Martin Luther King Jr., Parkway in Honor of Lanny T. Wilson.”

Introduced by City Manager Sterling Cheatham, the resolution recognizes Wilson as being instrumental in securing funding for several major transportation projects in the area, including MLK Parkway.

Wilson, a developer and longtime Democratic Party fundraiser, resigned his post as Southeastern North Carolina’s representative to the Transportation Board in 2010 as federal prosecutors were set to release a 51-count indictment against Ruffin Poole, a former aide to Gov. Mike Easley. Poole wound up serving prison time for his crimes.

While Wilson was not charged with any crimes, the Poole indictment identified Wilson as a “Wilmington financier” who was a major player in the “pay-to-play” culture of the Easley administration.

In the fall of 2009, Wilson testified before the state Board of Elections about large checks he wrote to the Democratic Party for Easley’s campaign. Wilson also loaned money to a company to finance the sale of a Carteret County development that was part of a federal probe into Easley’s activities.

If City Council approves the resolution asking to honor Wilson, it would not be the first such request from a local government body. The StarNews reported back in June that the region’s Transportation Advisory Committee narrowly passed a resolution on a similar request.

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Tropical Depression 9 forms. Heading westward into Caribbean.

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A strong area of thunderstorms is now Tropical Depression #9 in the central Atlantic Ocean. The storm is expected to strengthen over the coming days and head west.

If it does strengthen as expected, Tropical Storm Isaac will push through the Leeward Islands Wednesday and then enter the Caribbean Sea. Right now, it looks like conditions are favorable for significant strengthening there, and Isaac could become a sizeable hurricane by this weekend.

As the storm continues to head west in the Caribbean Sea, we will need to watch it’s progress very closely. Early indications from computer models and weather patterns show that this storm should turn northward. Where the storm will ultimately end up remains to be seen and is too uncertain this far out. With that being said, storms in this part of the ocean have had a history of impacting North Carolina.

As we enter the heart of hurricane season, now is the time to re-visit your hurricane plan and make sure you have all the supplies you and your family need to get through a storm.

As always you can get up to the minute updates from the StormTrack 3 Weather Team at Hurricanes 101.

– Meteorologist Tim Buckley

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City of Wilmington may delay hotel deal

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

Negotiations will continue for hotel next to convention center

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Women criticize lack of DNC child care

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Some women are upset that the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte is not providing child care.

The Charlotte Observer reported that Susie Shannon of California plans attend with her 4-year-old daughter, Gracie.

Shannon is not happy that the convention will not provide child care or allow children on the convention floor.

National Organization for Women chapters in southern California say the convention is discriminating against mothers.

Convention spokeswoman Joanne Peters says there is a list of private child care providers on an official vendor directory. She says facilities are being provided for nursing mothers.

Peters says conventions usually require credentials for anyone on the floor for security reasons.

Shannon says the party should not force women to choose between their children and participating in the convention.

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

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New depression forms in Atlantic, expected to strengthen

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

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