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Archive for December, 2012

NC Sen. Mansfield to run for Democratic chairman

Friday, December 28th, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – An outgoing state senator now wants to become the next chairman of the North Carolina Democratic Party.

Eric Mansfield of Fayetteville told party members of his entry into the race in an e-mail last week.

Chatham County party chairman and Pittsboro Mayor Randy Voller also is running. The party election to succeed Chairman David Parker is Feb. 2 in Durham.

Mansfield is a physician and former soldier who served one Senate term but ran unsuccessfully in May for the Democratic nomination for lieutenant governor.

State Democrats are at a low point after 2010 elections saw them lose control of the Legislature and 2012 elections saw them lose the race for governor. Mansfield said the party will win with a clear message and by mobilizing volunteers, raising money and mending relationships.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC ferry runs aground in rough seas

Friday, December 28th, 2012

MANNS HARBOR, N.C. (AP) – A state-run ferry route connecting islands along North Carolina’s Outer Banks is back in service after a vessel ran aground in rough seas.

The N.C. Department of Transportation says the Motor Vessel Frisco ran aground in Hatteras Inlet about 11:15 a.m. on Wednesday with 35 passengers, six crew members and 19 vehicles on board. No injuries were reported.

The United States Coast Guard was informed of the incident and provided assistance until the ferry became free more than four hours later.

Rough seas Wednesday forced the suspension of state ferry service between Hatteras and Ocracoke islands, as well as between Ocracoke and the mainland. Ocracoke is not connected by a bridge and is accessible only by boat.

DOT reported Thursday that all ferry routes are back in service.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Flu season already peaking, experts suggest vaccination

Friday, December 28th, 2012

NEW HANOVER COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — It’s that time of year to get your flu shot. The experts say this year, the flu is already peaking.

Experts say the flu seems to be more contagious than in the past; so much that kids 12 and under cannot visit New Hanover Regional Medical Center and its other facilities.

Doctors say they’re seeing whole families getting sick when one person gets the flu.

Doctors urge that people get the vaccination to stay protected.

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NC woman hospitalized after pit bull attack

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A Charlotte woman has been hospitalized for severe injuries from a pit bull bite.

WCNC-TV reports (http://bit.ly/U0dZ5c) Thursday that the woman was taken to a hospital to be treated for a bite to her leg.

Authorities say the woman’s injuries are life threatening. Her name has not been released.

It wasn’t clear how many dogs bit the woman or why she was attacked. No charges have been filed, and authorities have not said if the woman owned any pit bulls.

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Information from: WCNC-TV, http://www.wcnc.com/

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

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New Hanover enduring worst flu season in a decade

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

225 cases seen statewide

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