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Archive for April, 2013

McCrory unveils ‘innovation center’ for government

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says a computer technology continuing education and testing center will ensure North Carolina state employees learn the latest technology and that products actually work before they’re purchased for state government.

McCrory announced Thursday the creation of an “innovation center” housed in the headquarters of the Department of Environment and Natural Resources in Raleigh. It will be available to all state agencies.

The center will serve as a hub for chief information officers and other government agency representatives to try out new technology and learn how they work. Ultimately citizens will be asked to try demonstrations of new state government technology products to see if they are useful.

The governor says the center won’t cost additional state funds and will be fully operational in several months.

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Cape Fear Memorial Bridge back to normal after earlier problem

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The bridgetender says things are back to normal at the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge after a technical problem caused the bridge to get stuck while trying to raise for a passing ship.

The bridgetender says a short of some sort caused the problem, which has tied up traffic for about half an hour. He says the problem has been fixed, and the bridge is now all the way up to allow a tanker ship to continue up river. Once the ship passes, the bridge will go back down and let traffic flow normally.

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Wilmington firefighter being held in Virginia without bond

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

A master firefighter with the Wilmington Fire Department was terminated from his position April 15, after an arrest for an incident in Virginia.

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Wilmington firefighter terminated after arrest in Virginia

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

A firefighter with the Wilmington Fire Department was terminated about a week ago, as a result of an incident in Virginia.

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‘Iron Man 3’ stars hit red carpet for Hollywood premier

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

LOS ANGELES, CA (WWAY) — Hundreds of people lined the streets of Hollywood to get a glimpse of the cast of “Iron Man 3.”

The rest of us will have to wait until next Friday, May 3, to see parts of Wilmington on the silver screen.

In the meantime, the stars of the film are celebrating its premiere Wednesday night.

Don Cheadle, who plays James Rhodes in the movie, gives us some insight on what it was like to wear famous the Iron Man suit.

“You feel like a turtle when you’re in it. You can’t get your arms to your face. You’re treated like a baby. Somebody has to feed you. You know, it’s all a part of making the entire effect work, so it’s something you deal with, but the days you have to put on the machine you’re like, OK, here we go,” Cheadle said.

Much of the film was shot in and around Wilmington last summer.

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