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Archive for December, 2012

Duke moves to No. 1 in AP poll after Indiana loss

Monday, December 17th, 2012

The Blue Devils advanced one spot to replace Indiana at the top of The Associated Press' Top 25 on Monday, drawing closer to UCLA's record for most No. 1 rankings.

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Convicted felons can keep state pensions

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Thanks to the new law, state employees who commit felonies directly related to their job from this point forward would lose retirement benefits. But there are still loopholes that would allow convicted felons to keep drawing benefits on the tax payer dime.

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All clear after brief lockdowns at three New Hanover Co. schools

Monday, December 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — With a heightened sense of security since Friday’s school shooting in Connecticut, three New Hanover County schools went on brief lockdowns today in two separate incidents.

Codington Elementary on Carolina Beach Road was locked down briefly around lunchtime after someone reported hearing gunshots. The lockdown at lasted just a few minutes. A New Hanover County Sheriff’s spokesman says investigators determined the sounds of shots came from training at the Wilmington Police Departments firing range, which is about half a mile away off River Road.

Then around 2:15 p.m., officials locked down Laney High School and Trask Middle School on N. College Road after reports of gunshots in an adjoining neighborhood. The lockdown ended about 15 minutes later. Investigators say the shots were from “wildlife hunters in the area” and that there was no threat to either school.

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THE RANT: Congressmen McIntyre & Jones have no time to talk “fiscal cliff”

Monday, December 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY’S ‘THE RANT’) — Now that the election is over, it seems our two local congressmen don’t have time for the media or their constituents anymore.

Since Friday we’ve tried to call and get interviews with Congressmen Mike McIntyre and Walter Jones as well as Senators Kay Hagan and Richard Burr to talk about the countdown to the “fiscal cliff.”

I’ve got to say, out of the four, the one who “gets it” and impressed us the most was Senator Hagan. She was presiding over the senate Friday, but took time out to call us back and do an interview over the phone.

We gave Senator Burr a pass Friday because we were told he was in an Intelligence Committee meeting, and with all that’s blowing up around the world, that probably kept him pretty busy. We’re also told today that when he gets back to DC this afternoon, he’ll try to do an interview with us.

On the other hand, it appears that Congressmen McIntyre and Jones are in hiding. We were told Friday and again today they’re too busy to talk with us. Both of their staffs directed us though to “written statements” regarding “the cliff” – statements we assume were probably written by staffers anyway. Or, if they were truly written by the Congressmen – or dictated to a staffer – wouldn’t it take less time just to do an interview?

Disappointing that these two don’t have the courage to take questions about “the cliff.” I realize it’s a no win situation, but this is exactly why people are sick and tired of politics and politicians. Why have the intestinal fortitude to answer questions when you can hide behind an email.

Gentlemen, I now vote “fail.”

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1 p.m. Update – CFCC student killed for $10

Monday, December 17th, 2012

Four people were charged Monday morning in the murder of Joshua Proutey, 19.

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