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Archive for April, 2013

My Turn: Reality stars are making headlines for bad behavior

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

WECT's General Manager talks about the realty stars that are making their way into the headlines for poor behavior.

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McCrory’s transportation model reaches NC House

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A new transportation funding model that Gov. Pat McCrory says will direct scarce resources to higher-impact projects is making its way through the North Carolina House.

The House Transportation Committee took a first look at the bill Tuesday and unanimously voted to send it to committees that deal with funding. The bill establishes three tiers of projects, with statewide and regional initiatives taking 80 percent of funding. Currently, funding is divided evenly among the state’s 14 Department of Transportation divisions.

Some lawmakers expressed concerns that rural counties will bear the brunt of the changes as priorities shift. Transportation Secretary Tony Tata has said the state will redirect $120 million a year from secondary road maintenance to construction projects that better ease congestion and provide economic benefits.

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VA officially opens long-awaited superclinic in Wilmington

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Today was the grand opening for the long-awaited VA regional superclinic.

The 80,000 square foot facility will allow veterans to receive a new array of services, including day surgery, mental health, cardiology and MRIs.

It will also reduce their travel time, because the won’t have to make the 190-mile round trip to the VA Medical Center in Fayetteville.

With almost one million veterans in North Carolina, Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District) says this is a day he has been waiting on for a long time.

“This is the first of its kind in North Carolina,” McIntyre said. “We are looking for others to hopefully be built in North Carolina, but Wilmington is first. Southeastern North Carolina is first in getting this, because we have been working on it for over a decade.”

McIntyre says there is a great need to serve veterans in our area, and that he is committed to continuing to meet that need.

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Wilmington man accused of selling rented Red Box games, videos

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

Joshua Hoblitz, 23, is charged with nearly 100 counts related to property crime.

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Report: ‘Iron Man 3’ generated $180M, 2,000 jobs in NC

Tuesday, April 30th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new report analyzing the impact of “Iron Man 3” filming in North Carolina shows the movie is responsible for $179.8 million in spending and 2,043 jobs in the state, according to the Motion Picture Association of America.

The analysis by MNP LLP assesses the economic impact of the production filming in North Carolina between December 2011 and December 2012. It also finds that the production is responsible for $104.1 million in labor
income across North Carolina, and that spending associated with the film engaged 719 vendors in 84 communities across the state.

“These findings are just the latest evidence of the economic benefit that film and television production has meant for North Carolina,” MPAA CEO Chris Dodd said in a news release. “Thanks to a reliable and refundable production incentive, North Carolinians have been able to reap the benefits of direct spending and job creation across the state. Marvel’s ‘Iron Man 3,’ like so many prod uctions that choose to shoot in North Carolina, generated hundreds of millions of dollars in spending for local businesses in dozens of communities and thousands of jobs for North Carolina workers.”

The movies, which opens Friday nationwide, received $20 million in state tax incentives. According to the report, the incentives resulted in the following economic benefits:

-$8.99 in economic output for every dollar of tax credit received by the production.
-$6.50 in Gross State Product for every dollar of tax credit received by the production.
-102 full-time equivalent positions for every $1 million in tax credit received by the production.
-$5.20 in labor income for every dollar of tax credit received by the production.

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