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Archive for February, 2013

McCrory signs unemployment bill into law

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory has signed into law changes to North Carolina’s unemployment insurance system that supporters say will put the plan on firmer footing.

Critics say the changes will devastate the jobless with decreased benefits or none at all.

The Republican governor signed the bill Tuesday morning in his office as several legislators watched. The media was not invited to the signing.

The measure would repay more quickly $2.5 billion owed the federal government for jobless benefits by cutting maximum weekly jobless payments by one-third and raising business taxes. Federal emergency jobless benefits also will stop July 1, when the bill takes effect.

McCrory says the bill will protect small businesses from continued over-taxation and preserve the unemployment safety net.

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NTSB report explains Oak Island helicopter crash

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — Answers are emerging about what caused a helicopter to crash off of Oak Island last summer.

According to a recently-released report from the National Transportation Safety Board, a series of highly-skilled maneuvers sent the two-seat chopper plummeting toward the water.

On June 14, 2012, Mari Kajimoto and William Mistrot decided to fly a Robinson R-22 from Wilmington to Myrtle Beach. According to the report, after a preflight inspection, Kajimoto and Mistrot took off without filing a flight plan with air traffic controllers.

The report says Kajimoto, who was piloting the chopper, decided she wanted to perform an autorotation maneuver, which practices landing without power. Her co-pilot warned against it, because neither one of them had the experience. At about 600 feet and traveling about 75 knots, Kajimoto decided to do it anyway, the report says.

Immediately warning sirens sounded that the helicopter was losing power. Kajimoto tried to power out of trouble, but the 1,400-pound chopper rolled over and fell into the water near the Yaupon Pier.

A nearby boat immediately came to the rescue. Neither Kajimoto nor Mistrot were seriously hurt.

Kajimoto admitted to NTSB investigators that there was nothing wrong with the helicopter, and that the accident was her fault.

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Hammerheads Touring Turkey Prior to USL Pro Season

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

The 10-day training camp will allow Irving's squad to line up against other top European and Asian outfits while giving him the opportunity to view potential signings for the 2013 season.

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Pender Co. officials consider giving $170K to ease jail overcrowding

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Pender County Commissioners will consider giving the Sheriff's Office an extra $170,000 to use for overcrowding in the jail.

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Wilmington lawyer who proposed church rite for same-sex unions named to panel

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

Joan Geiszler-Ludlum of Wilmington has been named to a 12-member task force on the study of marriage, appointed by the head of the Episcopal Church in the United States.

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