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Judge Hunter to seek NC Supreme Court seat in 2014

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A Court of Appeals judge says he wants to move up to North Carolina’s highest court.

Judge Bob Hunter of Morehead City announced over the weekend he’s seeking the associate justice position on the state Supreme Court that will be vacated next year by Mark Martin. Martin said late last week he will run for chief justice.

Hunter was elected to the 15-member intermediate-level appeals court in 2008 and is serving an eight-year term. He’s a former chairman of the State Board of Elections and deputy state attorney general. He got his law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

Appellate court races are officially nonpartisan. Hunter is a registered Republican.

Another Court of Appeals judge named Bob Hunter is a registered Democrat from Marion.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Expect road closures near Fourth for filming

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Drivers can expect to see road closures in Wilmington Tuesday afternoon while production crews film scenes for the feature film Tammy.

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Emergency responders use Yellow Dot Program to help victims

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

All emergency response agencies in New Hanover County are now part of the Yellow Dot Program. The program helps emergency responders know a victim's medical history during an emergency.

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MARKING HISTORY: NHHS Medal of Honor Recipients

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — There's something remarkable about New Hanover High School.
 
"New Hanover High School, to our knowledge, is the only American high school with multiple World War II [Congressional] Medal of Honor recipients," says military historian Wilbur Jones. 
 
Those men are Charles Murray, class of 1938, and Billy Halyburton, class of 1943.
 
Murray risked his life by nearly single-handedly saving his company of men on a reconnaissance mission gone wrong in Alsace, France. 
 
Halyburton gave up his life to save a fallen marine during a battle in Okinawa, Japan. 
 
The two former Wildcats both were awarded the nation's highest military honor; the Congressional Medal of Honor. 
 
"They came up during the depression, it was a whole different time," says Jones. "The recession we've been in lately is nothing like the great depression. They knew hardship. It wasn't a 'me first' generation, it was 'country first.''"
 
Now, the city where they grew up honors them with a memorial you can see here at New Hanover, with a newly dedicated brick garden surrounding it. 
 
Wilmington is no stranger to World War II history. During the war, the Port City was home to the NC Shipbuilding Company, and the railroad – which were vital to the effort on the homefront. In the years since the war, the history has been preserved.
 
Now, through hardwork from Wilbur Jones, there's a bill in Congress that woud designate Wilmington as the nation's first "American World War II City."
 
"This whole region contributed so much to the war effort, it's only fitting that Wilmington, we hope, will be named the first," says Congressman Mike McIntyre, (D) NC 7th District.
H.R. 864 is currently awaiting approval in the US House of Representatives, and if approved would be sent to the Senate. McIntyre hopes that this could be accomplished this year. 
 
"Can you see that on the sign coming into town, and on the letterhead?" asks Jones. "I can."
 

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ATF involved in investigation of weapons of mass destruction

Tuesday, May 28th, 2013

Officials with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives is investigating a case in Columbus County involving a weapon of mass destruction.

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