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Archive for June, 2013

McCrory to celebrate transportation money overhaul

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory will celebrate one of his policy achievements at the General Assembly with North Carolina legislative leaders at his side.

McCrory planned Wednesday to sign a bill into law that creates a new distribution method for state and federal transportation dollars that is designed to relieve traffic congestion and emphasize statewide and regional projects.

House Speaker Thom Tillis and Senate leader Phil Berger were expected to attend. They endorsed McCrory’s concept back in April that focused less on doling out funds equally to all highway divisions. The Strategic Mobility Formula will award projects that are ranked highest by the state Department of Transportation.

McCrory had made transportation funding one of a handful of policy changes he wants the legislature to approve before this year’s session ends.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Astronomical Society to offer free viewing session

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

The Cape Fear Astronomical Society will offer a free viewing session for stargazers, from sunset until about 10 p.m. Friday.

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Wilmington Mayor running for re-election to serve fourth term

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo said Tuesday he plans to run for re-election this year.

Saffo said he is running again because there are several projects he wants to see completed.

He was appointed Mayor in July 2006 after former mayor Spence Broadhurst resigned. Since then Saffo has been re-elected in 2007, 2009 and 2011.

Saffo has spent the last 10 years in public service, serving the citizens of the city he says welcomed his family generations ago.

“It’s the quintessential immigrants dream. People came to this country for a better way of life and were able to find that life here in Wilmington and this community was very generous and very supportive,” said Saffo.

He wants to see several projects be completed including the hotel next to the Wilmington Convention Center.

“We feel that we are very close. Obviously I have my fingers crossed and I know city council seems very optimistic about this,” said Saffo.

Saffo says being Mayor means listening to the people even if they do not agree with you vision, as was the case last year over raising taxes to build a baseball stadium.

“The city council evaluated it and thought it was a pretty decent proposal. I personally liked it, but at the end of the day, the citizens were going to have to make that decision,” said Saffo.

“My vision for Wilmington is to continue to improve the quality of life here and continue to protect it, and to continue to look for ways that we can grow our economy and put people back to work,” said Saffo.

The candidate filing period begins on July 5. The election is Nov. 5.

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FIRST ON 3: Man struck by car in Wilmington pulls fire alarm for help

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man who was hit by a car near a Wilmington housing complex pulled a fire alarm to get help early Wednesday morning.

Dispatchers say the hit and run happened around 3:30 a.m. in the 4200 block of S. 17th Street.

The man who was hit then pulled an alarm at Bellingham Park Condominiums to call for help.

Police, fire and EMS units all responded to the scene where the fire alarm went off.

Stay with WWAY for more on this developing story.

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NC abortion education bill heads to House floor

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A bill requiring North Carolina educators to teach that abortions are linked to later premature births is headed to the full House.

Two votes in favor of the bill Wednesday will send the measure to Gov. Pat McCrory for final approval. A House panel made no changes Tuesday to an amended Senate version of the bill.

The measure requires students in grades seven and higher to learn about the risk factors associated with premature birth. It originally included only abortion but was amended to include other factors such as smoking and inadequate prenatal care.

Supporters and opponents dispute the scientific basis for linking abortion to premature birth. Opponents have also called the bill a politically motivated effort to rewrite the state’s curriculum to support conservative ideology.

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

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