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Archive for June, 2013

NC DAQ to hold public hearing for Titan America Cement Plant at UNCW

Friday, June 28th, 2013

The North Carolina Division of Air Quality is holding a public hearing on a revised air quality permit for the Titan America Cement Plant in New Hanover County.

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Officials kick off “Booze It or Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign

Friday, June 28th, 2013

The Governor's Highway Safety Program is kicking off the “Booze It or Lose It: Operation Firecracker” campaign to crack down on drunk driving just in time for the Independence Day holiday.

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One lane on Cape Fear bridge closed today

Friday, June 28th, 2013

ne eastbound lane on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge in Wilmington is closed until 3 p.m. today.

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UPDATE: Train carrying flammable cargo derails, causes evacuations

Friday, June 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A train carrying flammable cargo is derailed in Wilmington’s Love Grove community, blocking people who live there from getting in and out of the neighborhood.

Dispatchers say the train ran off the tracks in the 1200 block of King Street around 5 a.m.

Police have evacuated the row of houses closest to where the train derailed as a precaution, because the cargo is highly flammable.

Investigators say they are working to set up a gravel road near the scene by 9 a.m. to give emergency vehicles access to Love Grove and let residents get out.

Investigators say two of the train’s 64 cars are completely off the tracks. The cargo is contained at this time, but crews are worried if the cars teeter, they may be punctured.

Police say they are waiting on crews out of South Carolina arrive on the scene with a crane to help clean up the crash, and open up the roadway. They say they expect crews by noon.

Stay with WWAY for more on this developing story.

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CFCC instructor left after being accused of giving student boat motor, falsifying records

Friday, June 28th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Cape Fear Community College instructor is no longer with the school after a state audit accused him of falsifying records and giving a school-owned boat motor to a student.

According to the report, Yamaha Motor Corporation donated the motor to the school in 2009 with the stipulation that it be used for “technical training purposes only.” It alleges that the instructor claimed he “did not have much use for it,” because it was a lot larger than what his class typically worked on.

The report says the instructor wanted feedback on the motor’s performance, and he said after getting approval from the Marine Technology Department chair, he gave it to a student in April 2011 to try out on the student’s personal boat.

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Both the teacher and student told auditors that the student was expected to bring the motor back, but never did. The student said he bought a boat specifically to use with the motor.

The report also says the instructor falsified inventory records by indicating the motor was still on campus.

In a letter last month to the state auditor responding to the audit, CFCC President Dr. Ted Spring said the instructor, whose name is not mentioned in the report, was no longer employed as of May 17. It also says the department chair was counseled about the issue and received a disciplinary letter. The Marine Technology Department’s website says the chair is Jason Rogers.

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