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Archive for April, 2013

My Turn: Increasing the NC cigarette tax

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

WECT's General Manager Gary McNair proposes an increase in the NC cigarette tax in exchange for a lower gas tax.

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Bryan Davis resigns as Topsail football coach

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

In his six seasons the Pirates owned a 40-30 overall record with two playoff wins, the last coming in the 2011 season.

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Brandon Taylor is our new weekend anchor

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

I’m also excited about this guy, Brandon Taylor. He worked as a reporter for a bit down in Myrtle Beach, then decided to head in a whole new direction and became a youth minister.

Then the TV bug started biting again and he sent us his application. Here’s another irony for you, Brandon and Kevin Wuzzardo grew up togther in Columbia, SC.

Brandon brings excitement and passion to our newsroom – and I love it. He makes us all laugh and gives us some perspective since he’s had to mentor hundreds of kids while a youth minister.

Here’s more about him:

After a brief hiatus Brandon Taylor is returning to his lifelong passion of television news. He is a no stranger to the Carolinas. Brandon grew up in Columbia, SC, where at a very young age he realized his loved for television.

At the age of 10 Brandon began hosting the South Carolina Educational Television Book Awards and other special events on the state’s educational network.

Brandon graduated from Winthrop University in 2007 with a BA in Communications and Journalism. His first job out of school was in Lumberton as a Multi-Media Journalist with WBTW, the CBS Affiliate in Myrtle Beach.

Most recently Brandon has spent the past four years working with students in the Myrtle Beach area as the Director of Youth Ministry at First United Methodist Church.

When he isn’t bringing you the news, Brandon enjoys traveling, food and meeting new people. Brandon and his dog Bailey moved to Southeastern North Carolina in April 2013 to join the WWAY News Team.

If you see Brandon around town make sure to say hello, because he is looking forward to meeting the great people of the Cape Fear. Email Brandon at btaylor@wwaytv3.com

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NC House budget committee endorses voter ID bill

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina voter identification bill is headed to the House floor after the last of three committees signed off on the legislation.

The Appropriations Committee voted in favor of the bill Tuesday over the objections of Democrats who again tried to add amendments to ease restrictions requiring voters to present photo identification at the polls. But Republicans on the House’s top budget-writing committee voted each one down.

The one successful change was submitted by a Republican and would add Cherokee tribal ID to the acceptable forms of state-issued ID. Supporters say the Cherokee are federally recognized, unlike other tribes.

Cost of the legislation could reach nearly $4 million. The bill is expected to reach the House floor to begin the final approval in the chamber Wednesday.

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

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Free Comic Book Day offers swag, raffles, door prizes, more

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

It's one of the days comic book fans look forward to the most.  May 4 is Free Comic Book Day.  INSIDE: Complete schedule of events and giveaways

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