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Archive for March, 2013

UNCW’s Carly Tanner opens NCAA Swim Championships

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

Tanner missed reaching the finals of the 50-yard Freestyle in her NCAA debut early Thursday when she placed 46th in the event.

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Police investigate Winnabow man’s murder in Wilmington

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Winnabow man is dead after a shooting overnight in Wilmington. Now police are looking for his killer, and family members are trying to figure out what happened.

The family of Rahman Liadi, 25, did not want to show their faces on camera, but his sister says he was a good guy who spent most of his time working.

“He went to South Brunswick. He graduated,” she said. “He owned 10 percent of a company. He worked at verizon. He never bothered anybody. My only brother.”

Wilmington Police say their Shot Spotter system led them to the Houston Moore housing complex around 12:15 a.m. Thursday. That’s where they found Liadi with a gunshot wound. They say he died at the scene.

A police spokesman says officers are looking for answers.

“Basically, we’re looking for help from the public to try and identify who might have, who might be responsible for this,” Cpl. Kevin Smith said.

Liadi’s family told us he was shot twice. They also say there was a gun found under his body. They speculate he was trying to get out his gun to defend himself as his killer got away. Relatives say Liadi had a permit for the gun.

Court records show Liadi had a may court date for carrying a concealed weapon and marijuana possession.

Now his family is left hoping someone knows who killed him.

“Just please call the Wilmington Police Department,” Liadi’s cousin said.

“Come forward, please,” Liadi’s sister said.

At this point, police won’t say whether they found a gun on Liadi.

If you have any information about the murder, call Wilmington Police.

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McCrory’s budget plan draws mixed reviews during Wilmington visit

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Gov. Pat McCrory today made his first trip to the Port City since taking office in January.

The governor was the keynote speaker at the Wilmington Biz Expo. He also attended the groundbreaking for Cape Fear Community College’s Fine Arts Building.

Gov. McCrory’s visit comes one day after he announced his budget plan for the next two years, which CFCC says will take a bite out of a signature program.

“The first job of a leader is to admit you have a problem,” McCrory said. “We have a problem, but by gosh we’re going to get out of it, and we’re going to be even stronger in the long run.”

Gov. Pat McCrory says he is prioritizing state needs in his budget proposal and mending a currently broken system. He says he needs to fix the cracks in the foundation before moving forward.

Some constituents are hopeful of his plan and believe the future of North Carolina is in great hands.

“He needs to get the ship righted, so it can get in the direction it needs to go,” Ted Hardean of Coldwell Banker said.

Part of the governor’s budget plan focuses on education. He hopes to add 1,800 teaching jobs.

McCrory says under his plan, community colleges statewide will get extra money for tech programs.

“Cape Fear Tech, by the way, is getting an additional $600,000 in the budget for technical training alone,” he told the Biz Expo audience.

CFCC leaders don’t see the funds as additional.

“We still see it as a take away from a very, very important and significant program,” CFCC President Dr. Ted Spring said.

Spring says even with what the governor says is extra funding, the college will still see a hit of around $350,000 for Cape Fear’s Marine Technology program. Local leaders hope the governor and lawmaker rework the budget to include funding for the program.

“I am certainly hoping that once the governor gets an opportunity to speak with Dr. Spring, that that money will be put back in to enable it, because that is a job creation program,” Wilmington City Councilwoman Margaret Haynes said.

The budget proposal is just that. Now it goes to the legislature, which will have a great deal of say in how state money is spent.

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My Turn: School safety won’t be fool-proof

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

WECT's General Manager Gary McNair hopes to hear some common sense coming from our leaders when discussing security measures for our children.

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USPS won’t be able to end Saturday delivery, Congress rules

Thursday, March 21st, 2013

The United States Postal Service is taking a step back when it comes to ending its Saturday service.

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