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Archive for August, 2012

Ex-PA governor Rendell visiting NC to help Dalton

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell is coming to North Carolina to help Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton with his gubernatorial bid, while also promoting a new book he wrote.

Rendell planned to travel with fellow Democrat Dalton Tuesday to see a nanoscience and nanoengineering school in Greensboro led by N.C. A&T State University and UNC-Greensboro. They’ll also tour the Red Oak Brewery in nearby Whitsett.

Dalton’s campaign also said Rendell would participate in fundraising events for the candidate in Greensboro and Cary and has a book-signing planned for Quail Ridge Books in Raleigh.

Rendell was governor from 2003 until early 2011. He previously served as Philadelphia’s mayor and the chairman of the Democratic National Committee.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Tropical Depression 9 forms. Could impact East Coast next week

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 strenthen 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 strenghtening 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 and could impact the East Coast next week. Tracks like this have been seen by many past storms that have eventually made landfall in 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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Peppers donates $250k to UNC for scholarships

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — Chicago Bears defensive end Julius Peppers has donated $250,000 to the University of North Carolina for scholarships.

The school said Monday that Peppers’ donation goes to a fund that supports African-American students.

The donation comes after Peppers’ transcript was posted on a school website. The transcript showed Peppers was barely academically eligible while he played football in Chapel Hill from 1999 to 2001.

Peppers last week confirmed the transcript was his but questioned why it was released. School officials have not confirmed it was his, but are investigating how the transcript was posted on the website.

Peppers had made a $100,000 donation to the same fund in 2009.

Peppers was an African and Afro-American Studies major who did not graduate, leaving school after the 2001 football season.

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

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Charlotte policeman cleared in suspect’s death

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) – Prosecutors say a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer will not be charged in the shooting death of a suspect last month.

District Attorney Andrew Murray says the deadly force used in the July 2 shooting death of 28-year-old Michael Deangelo Laney was justified.

Murray says there is no indication that Officer A.J. Holzhauer acted improperly during the arrest attempt.

Laney was suspected of an attempted armed robbery and shooting in June.

Another officer had spotted Laney on July 2 and the officer and Holzhauer tried to arrest the suspect. The officers said Laney tried to pull a gun before he was shot in the head and killed outside his home in Charlotte..

Laney’s relatives have said police overreacted.

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

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Military identifies 2 killed in Afghanistan

Tuesday, August 21st, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) – Military officials say two people killed while supporting combat operations in Farah province in Afghanistan were from Virginia and Colorado.

The Department of Defense said Monday that Staff Sgt. Gregory T. Copes, of Lynch Station, Va., and Hospital Corpsman Petty Officer 1st Class Darrel L. Enos, of Colorado Springs, Colo., died Friday. Both were 36.

They were assigned to 3rd Marine Special Operations Battalion, Camp Lejeune, N.C.

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

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