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Archive for June, 2013

UPDATE: Judge sets new dates for accused Fort Hood attacker’s trial

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

The military judge today set new dates for jury selection and testimony of the accused Fort Hood attacker, Nidal Hasan. The judge also refused to grant an additional delay for Hasan to prepare his defense.

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Pender Co. crash causes SUV to overturn, hit tree

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

A car crash that happened Thursday morning resulted in one person being sent to the hospital, Pender County Highway Patrol officials confirm.

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Wrightsville Beach Coast Guard station accepts new response boat

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

The Coast Guard Station at Wrightsville Beach received a new 45-foot Response Boat-Medium Tuesday. According to a news release, it's the 126th boat in a fleet of 170 being delivered to the service.

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Businessman steps up to support July 4 fireworks

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington City Council will hear an emotional tribute tonight that thousands will eventually enjoy.

Council will vote whether to accept a $15,000 donation from a Wilmington businessman to make up for losing a title sponsor for the 4th of July fireworks.

Earlier this year, the future of the fireworks show was unclear. But now thanks to a generous donation the show will go on.

Henry Johnston and his wife Lorene were married for nearly 50 years before she died in March. Johnston says they always enjoyed the 4th of July fireworks downtown, so when he heard there was a financial shortfall, he thought this would be a great way to honor his late wife.

“I remembered how much my wife, recently deceased wife, always enjoyed the fireworks,” Johnston said. “If we weren’t in Wilmington, wherever we were we always went to the fireworks, and I thought it was just a wonderful opportunity to sort of give back something to the community.”

Because of Johnston’s gift, the city will only to pay its usual $10,000 for the Battleship Blast show, which draws more than 50,000 people downtown. The Battleship North Carolina pays another $5,000.

City Council will vote to formally accept Johnston’s gift tonight. The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m.

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Speed limit could be increased to 75 mph

Tuesday, June 18th, 2013

Senate Bill 709 would allow the Department of Transportation to increase the speed limit from 70 to 75

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