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Archive for September, 2012

FIRST ON 3: Sexual battery, assault on female warrants issued against BSL mayor

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Four warrants have been issued for the mayor of Boiling Spring Lakes.

Three of the warrants against Richard White are for sexual battery. The fourth is for assault on a female.

White is out of town until Monday. The Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office plans to serve the warrants then.

Stay with WWAY for more information on this developing story, including details from the alleged victim tonight at 11.

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Berger drops agenda items he added, doesn’t remember requesting them

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — New Hanover County Commissioners held their agenda briefing meeting this afternoon and controversy was expected, but it never happened.

The board expected to hear from fellow Commissioner Brian Berger about a number of things he asked to have added to the agenda, but that never happened.

Berger showed up to the meeting 20 minutes late, missing the item on Smart Start that he wanted to discuss.

Commissioners breezed through the agenda they will discuss Monday. When they reviewed three other items Berger asked to add, he then removed them. When we asked him why, he said he did not remember asking to have them added in the first place.

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City: Flip’s Bar-B-Que sign must go

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Although it’s been a staple in town for 50 years, the City of Wilmington says the sign outside Flip’s Bar-B-Que on Oleander Drive must come down.

After a few deadline extensions, the city has given owner Bob Church until Monday to take the 65 square foot sign down.

Hundreds of people have signed a petition to block the move. Still, Church will face a $200 fine for every day it stays up after Monday.

“It’s so sad, because the community is behind it, and they’re saying it should be grandfathered in,” Church said. “It’s a landmark, and so they don’t understand why it has to come down. And the other thing is once you see it out there, there’s trees on the other side of it on the street. It’s not blocking anything.”

The city says the sign impedes five feet into a right of way bought by the city, and it is 15 feet larger than the 50 square feet allowed for business signs.

Church has plans for it to be removed tomorrow afternoon.

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GE-Hitachi says laser enrichment plant would be safe

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

CASTLE HAYNE, NC (WWAY) — The Cape Fear area may soon be home to uranium enrichment.

Earlier this week, the GE-Hitachi facility in Castle Hayne received federal approval to enrich uranium using laser technology. But what exactly does that mean, and what are the implications to our community?

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has licensed a facility to enrich uranium using classified laser technology. If built, it would be the first plant of its kind in the world, and right here in New Hanover County.

Christopher White, a spokesman for GE-Hitachi in Castle Hayne, says the much cheaper and more efficient process has taken 40 years to develop.

“A company in australia called Silex Systems actually kind of broke the code,” White said. “GE-Hitachi actually licensed that technology from Silex.”

GE-Hitachi says the plant could provide enriched uranium to about half of the country’s nuclear reactors, providing hundreds of jobs to our area and a step toward energy independence for the US.

But what about the risks? If GE-Hitachi decides to build the $1 billion plant, should we be worried that uranium is being enriched in our area?

“Our license from the NRC allows us to enrich uranium to eight percent,” White said. “That could only be used for commercial purposes. A nuclear weapon or nuclear material that would be used for defense purposes would have an enrichment of over 90 percent.”

Some still worry that letting GE-Hitachi use the laser technology could increase the risk of it falling into the wrong hands. White says because of its complexity, the chances of that are extremely unlikely.

WWAY reached out to members of Stop Titan, an organization against the building of a cement plant in Castle Hayne, to get their take on the enrichment plant. One person we spoke with says the two facilities are completely different, but still have some unanswered questions they want addressed.

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Chadwick Bay couple grows oysters in the backyard

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

The couple is part of the N.C. Division of Marine Fisheries’ under-dock oyster culture program

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