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Archive for April, 2013

Feds investigate trucking company after 7-year-old killed in hit and run

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

SAMPSON COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A North Carolina trucking company is under federal investigation two days after one of its drivers was charged with hitting and killing a seven-year-old girl getting off her school bus.

The Federal Motor Safety Carrier Administration has decided to do a full review of Ricky Lucas Trucking. A spokeswoman says the agency will assist state and local law enforcement to provide a full picture of what factors may have led to the crash that killed Alyiah Morgan in Sampson County Tuesday afternoon.

If investigators determine a federal standard was broken, Ricky Lucas Trucking could face fines or lose its operating authority.

The spokeswoman says in the last two years alone Ricky Lucas Trucking has had three trucks fail inspection and one driver taken off of the road.

The company has not yet returned our call for comment.

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Missions of Mercy to help hundreds in need of dental care

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Cape Fear Community College hosts the North Carolina Missions of Mercy Dental Clinic tomorrow and Saturday. The two-day event at the Schwartz Center provides hundreds of economically disadvantaged people essential dental services.

“We literally see people coming in with tears of pain in the front door, and after they get through triage and x-ray, they leave with tears of happiness, because we’ve gotten them out of pain, sometimes for the first time in months,” Missions of Mercy Program Director Bill Blaylock said.

Dental services at the clinic include fillings, extractions, cleanings and a limited number of front-tooth partial dentures. Everything is 100 percent free.

“Definitely it helps out everybody that can’t afford dental care if they don’t have insurance, or the way the economy is, nobody can really afford to go get dental work. It’s very expensive,” volunteer dental assistant Marissa Lyman said.

About 650 people showed up to last year’s event, and organizers had to turn away nearly 200 patients. This year they expect similar numbers.

“So if you come on out, be patient, get here early,” Blaylock said. “Doors open at 6 a.m., but people will be getting in line around midnight. So if you need some dental work done and can’t afford it, please come and get in line, be patient, and we’re going to see as many patients as we can”

The clinic runs tomorrow from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturday from 6 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Qualified patients should have a family income of less than 200 percent of the federal poverty index.

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My Turn: Furlough days causing longer waits on the tarmac

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

WECT's General Manager Gary McNair talks about the flight delays due to the furloughs of air traffic controllers across the country.

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Online classes growing rapidly at UNCW

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

The school now offers 87 classes online – up from 24 in 2010

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NYC Mayor: Boston suspect said NY was next target

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City officials say the Boston Marathon bombing suspects intended to blow up their remaining explosives in Times Square.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly spoke at a briefing Thursday.

Kelly says the two suspects had a pressure cooker bomb and five pipe bombs they wanted to set off.

They said Dzhokhar Tsarnaev (joh-KHAHR’ tsahr-NEYE’-ehv) told Boston investigators from his hospital bed that he and his brother had discussed going to New York to detonate their remaining explosives. They said they decided it spontaneously.

Kelly had said a day earlier that the Boston Marathon bombing suspects were targeting New York, but was later briefed by federal officials.

Tsarnaev traveled to New York at least once last fall. There is a photo of the suspect in Times Square.

Tsarnaev’s older brother, Tamerlan (TA’-mehr-luhn), died in a shootout with police.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

4/25/2013 2:12:21 PM (GMT -4:00)

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