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Archive for May, 2013

Wilmington cleans up old gas station to spur redevelopment

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington is clearing the site of an old gas station to help spur development in the neighborhood.

Crews are removing four underground gas tanks at 406 Dawson Street. The city says the site has been vacant for years and qualifies as a Brownfields site, which makes it eligible for federal funding to help with clean-up of the property.

A Brownfields site is an abandoned or underused property where expansion or redevelopment is complicated by potential environmental contaminants, the city says.

A news release from the city says redeveloping sites such as the gas station is an example of the city’s current focus on infill and redevelopment of properties already inside the city limits as another way to stimulate economic development.

In 2011, Wilmington received a $400,000 grant from the US Environmental Protection Agency to develop and implement a Brownfields program. The city used the grant to identify potential Brownfield properties and perform some environmental assessments.

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Tip leads to missing juveniles

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Two missing juveniles were located Saturday

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Former Brunswick commissioner withdraws federal lawsuit

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Former Brunswick County Commissioner Charles Warren has dropped his lawsuit against the board he served on

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Feds still reviewing NC nuke plant’s year-old flaw

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A Duke Energy nuclear plant in Wake County remains idle two weeks after operators shut it down after finding a year-old problem and a week after federal regulators launched a special inspection.

Nuclear Regulatory Commission spokesman Roger Hannah says the team of specialists and the on-site NRC inspectors were still at work on the problem Wednesday. They’re trying to find out the details of the late discovery of corrosion and cracking in the reactor vessel’s covering at the Shearon Harris plant near Raleigh.

Findings won’t be announced until at least late June.

Duke Energy and regulators said the problem was in the covering of the reactor vessel, which contains heat produced by the nuclear core’s energy.

The company and regulators say there was no evidence of radiation leakage.

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UNCW trustees to meet about sports recommendations; decision could come soon

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The UNCW Board of Trustees will hold a special called meeting tomorrow at 9 a.m. Among the topics they will discuss is the report that recommended eliminating five programs from UNCW’s athletics department.

The meeting will be in the Warwick Center Ballroom on campus.

WWAY has also learned a a final decision from Chancellor Gary Miller on whether to cut men’s and women’s swimming and diving, men’s cross country, men’s indoor track and softball could come as soon as Friday. Miller has reportedly been meeting this week with student-athletes for their feedback on the recommendations.

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