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Archive for September, 2012

Bank officials say identity theft is on the rise

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Many investigators and bankers say identity theft is on the rise.

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Horses shot, one killed in Onslow County

Friday, September 21st, 2012

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting death of a horse early this morning in Hubert. Deputies say two other horses were wounded.

Investigators say it happened around 4 a.m. at 401 Hubert Blvd. They say one person in custody, but the Sheriff’s Office is not releasing the person’s name or any other information at this time.

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Hagan introduces bill to reduce unnecessary regulations on farmers

Friday, September 21st, 2012

WASHINGTON (NEWS RELEASE) — Senators Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Mike Crapo (R-ID) introduced legislation yesterday that would eliminate a costly and redundant EPA regulation on pesticides. A bipartisan group of Senators cosponsored the Restoring Effective Environmental Protection (REEP) Act, including: SenatorsMcCaskill (D-MO), Barrasso (R-WY), Carper (D-DE), Coons (D-DE), Risch (R-ID), Landrieu (D-LA), Vitter (R-LA), Pryor (D-AR), and Conrad (D-ND).

“This issue is not about whether pesticides should be regulated,” said Hagan. “The REEP Act is about eliminating a redundant regulation that provides little or no environmental or public health benefits. I am proud of the bipartisan support this bill has received, and I will continue working with my colleagues to get this bill signed into law. North Carolina’s farmers should not be burdened with this unnecessary and costly regulation.”

Senator Mike Crapo: “The EPA’s own cost analysis has estimated the new permitting requirements will cost more than $50 million a year, as well as at least one million hours to process. This cost on rural America is unprecedented, as virtually every stream and creek will be subject to regulation. Our rural communities are under a substantial amount of financial and regulatory pressure and are looking to Congress formuch-needed relief.”

Senator Tom Carper: “This bill takes a common-sense approach to reforming the burdensome and duplicative pesticide permitting process for Delaware’s farmers. Ensuring there is one regulatory system – not two – will enable us to better protect our health without wasting precious taxpayer dollars. Going forward, I remain committed to working with my fellow Senators to advance this important legislation and supporting Delaware’s – and our nation’s – farmers.”

BACKGROUND:

For more than thirty years, the EPA has implemented a comprehensive regulatory scheme for pesticide applications under the Federal Insecticide,Fungicide, and Rodenticide Act (FIFRA). According to EPA, a new pesticide must undergo over 100 different tests to characterize its potential risks to theenvironment and human and wildlife heath. Unfortunately, a court decision forced EPA to begin requiring Clean Water Act permits for certain applications of pesticides in or near water. The new permitting system went into effect on November 1, 2011.

The REEP Act (S. 3605) includes identical language from H.R. 872, which clarifies that Clean Water Act permits are not required for pesticideapplications in or near water. In 2011, H.R. 872 was passed by the House with bipartisan support and approved by the Senate Agriculture Committee by voice vote. The REEP Act also asks EPA to report back to Congress on whether theFIFRA process can be improved to better protect human health and the environment from pesticide applications.

As a result of this new regulation, EPA has estimated an additional 365,000 pesticide users — including farmers, ranchers, state agencies, cities, counties, mosquito control districts, water districts, pesticide applicators, and forest managers thatperform 5.6 million pesticide applications annually — will be required to obtain Clean Water Act permits. This is nearly double the number of entities previously subject to permitting requirements.

A broad spectrum of organizations are supporting the REEP Act and H.R. 872, including: American Farm Bureau Federation, National Cotton Council, American Soybean Association, United Fresh Produce Association, USA Rice Federation, National Council of Farmer Cooperatives, CropLife America, Mosquito Control Association, National Agricultural Aviation Association, National Water Resources Association, and Family Farm Alliance.

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CHARGED: Man arrested for attempted first degree murder

Friday, September 21st, 2012

Officers with the Wilmington Police Department have arrested a man in connection to a shooting that happened earlier this month.

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Customers arrive early for iPhone 5

Friday, September 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The iPhone 5 is now on sale.

In California people lined up as early as Monday to get theirs. Here in wilmington, they lined up too. Just not that early.

“I got here at 3 a.m.,” iPhone buyer Wayne Oliver said as he waited at the Verizon store on South College Road, even though the store did not open until 8 a.m.

“I couldn’t sleep, so I decided if I couldn’t sleep, I’d just get up and go early,” Oliver said.

Dozens more had the same idea, as sales associates got ready for their arrival inside.

It was not really the mad rush you’d expect. Verizon allowed one customer through the door for every customer that exited.

“It’s all about the customer experience,” Verizon Business Sales Manager Armin Asady said. “We’ve had people standing outside since 3 a.m. We want to make sure they get the attention they deserve.”

So what drives these customers to come on the phone’s launch day?

“It’s super light, and I just like having the top-of-the-line technology I guess,” customer Nash Stapleton said.

And for now, the employees will continue checking people out, rather than getting in line themselves.

“I don’t want to take a device off the shelf for my use when we can put it in a customer’s hand and make sure they’re happy,” Asady said.

While Verizon employees boast of better network coverage, the iPhone 5 itself has a faster speed, bigger screen and is lighter than previous versions.

Despite all those new features, customers we spoke with will use the iPhone for its most basic function first: making calls.

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