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Archive for June, 2013

Foxx confirmed as next transportation secretary

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Senate has unanimously confirmed Anthony Foxx, the mayor of Charlotte and a political ally of President Barack Obama, as transportation secretary.

Foxx, 42, was approved Thursday by a 100-0 vote. He replaces outgoing secretary Ray LaHood, who campaigned against distracted driving and led the Obama administration’s efforts to boost the economy by improving the nation’s infrastructure and jump-starting high-speed trains.

As secretary, Foxx will oversee the agencies within the department that regulate the nation’s aviation, rail, transit and highway systems, as well as auto safety.

The mayor won national recognition when Charlotte hosted the Democratic National Convention last year. He calls Obama a friend and was a key surrogate in North Carolina for the president during his re-election bid last fall.

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Sounds of Summer: Pull out your cowboy boots for this Chillin Dixie show

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

WECT's Sounds of Summer concert series will continue in Wrightsville Beach Thursday night, weather permitting.

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Lawyer appears in court for mom charged in drowning of toddler

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WCTI) — A lawyer appeared in court Thursday morning on behalf of a Jacksonville mother, charged for the May drowning death of her toddler daughter. The suspect was already sentenced for the drowning of another child almost three years ago.

Amanda Gayle Reed's 20-month-old child, Mercadiez Kohlinda Reed, somehow fell into her family's above-ground pool on May 11, according to police. The incident happened on Forest Grove Avenue in Jacksonville.

Mercadiez was pronounced dead at Onslow Memorial Hospital, investigators said.

Reed, 27, was arrested on Wednesday and has been charged with involuntary manslaughter, negligent child abuse inflicting serious injury, and contributing to the delinquency of a juvenile. She was released from jail on a $30,000 bond.

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Registered sex offender pleads guilty to more crimes involving a child

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

A registered sex offender who was arrested in February for sex crimes involving a child pleaded guilty to the charges Wednesday in Pender County Superior Court, according to an official with the Pender County Sheriff's Office.

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The Plan – Seven things to do this weekend

Thursday, June 27th, 2013

A roundup of area weekend events, from stargazing to Shakespeare

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