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Archive for April, 2013

Gov. McCrory signs bill to combat sex trafficking in North Carolina

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) – Governor Pat McCrory signed Bill 122, into law Wednesday, which requires sex traffickers to register as sex offenders after they serve their prison sentence.

Senator Thom Goolsby was one of the sponsors of the sex trafficking and sex offender registration bill.

He says this bill will make it hard for “pimps” to stay in the sex trafficking business, after they are forced to register as a sex offender.

The bill goes into effect December 1, 2013.

Goolsby says the first battle in the war against sex trafficking was won Wednesday, but more work needs to be done to get North Carolina out of the top 10 states in the nation for minor sex trafficking.

“One in three runaways, in the first 48 hours are engaged in the sex trade. I realized just how serious it was and that we needed to do something to stamp it out,” said Goolsby.

Goolsby says to continue to combat this issue; he will now fight to pass Bill 683.

The Safe Harbor Bill would provide law enforcement, social services, and the courts with all the enforcement powers needed to stop the minor sex trade in the state.

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Lawyers discuss blood analysis in Peterson case

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The attorney for a Durham novelist who’s been granted a new trial in the 2001 death of his wife says a State Bureau of Investigation agent gave false and misleading testimony, meaning the trial was flawed.

Jim Cooney argued before the N.C. Court of Appeals Wednesday that former SBI agent Duane Deaver lied, and that violates Michael Peterson’s due process.

Lawyers from the state Attorney General’s office want Peterson in prison. They contend that Superior Court Judge Orlando Hudson was wrong to toss out the 2003 conviction, and they say there was enough other evidence to implicate Peterson for Kathleen Peterson’s murder.

Kathleen Peterson was discovered dead on Dec. 9, 2001, at the base of a staircase in the couple’s home. Peterson has denied any involvement in his wife’s death.

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TXT n DRV: “I failed horribly”

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Ever think you are one of the good drivers who can text and drive and the same time? Well, the State Highway Patrol is putting drivers to the test.

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Cooper always destined to be big, but he has even bigger goals

Thursday, April 25th, 2013

Tonight in New York, Jonathan Cooper will become a first-round selection in the NFL Draft.

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Iron Man 3 stars hit the red carpet for its 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,” said Cheadle.

Parts of the film were shot in Wilmington last summer.

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