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Travelers support easing rules for electronics on flights

Friday, June 21st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Travelers may soon be able to use electronics longer in flight. The Federal Aviation Administration is looking into changing its policies.

We see it everywhere: People on their cell phones, tablets and laptops. It’s become part of our culture.

“We’re in a world that technology is just changing our lives,” traveler Courtney Brinkman said.

Airplanes for decades have had restrictions on when travelers can use their electronics, but the FAA’s policy on electronics is now up in the air.

“It would just make it more convenient, because I wouldn’t have to turn off my music before the flight,” traveler Chris White.

If the FAA does change its rules you will soon be able to use your electronics, like this tablet, during taxi, takeoff and landing.

“I do a lot of reading of magazines on the tablet, so it will be nice during that ten minutes when you are first taking off,” traveler Eric Kirby said.

When you fly, flight attendants request you stow your electronics during the beginning and end of the flight.

“It’s just annoying,” White said.

Brinkman said, “It’s just a hassle to throw it under and then bring it back out again.”

The FAA gave an advisory panel until September to put its recommendations together, but the agency says there will be no changes to the policies regulating cell phones on planes. Some are thankful that possibility is grounded.

“I don’t like listening to other people’s conversations,” Kirby said. “But I kind of think that in those crowded spaces, it’s probably a good idea to keep the cell phone use down.”

For now, you’ll have to wait to see if this change will get its wings and flies.

Some researchers believe electronic devices are not a threat at higher altitudes and at the beginning and ending of the flight as people used to think.

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Holshouser remembered for NC political work, faith

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Associated Press

SOUTHERN PINES, NC (AP) — The daughter of the late Gov. Jim Holshouser says her father was committed to working with people of all political stripes because he wanted to get things done and make North Carolina the best place to live.

Ginny Holshouser Mills gave one of the two eulogies Friday at a memorial service at a Southern Pines church for the former governor, who died Monday at age 78.

Holshouser was the first Republican elected governor in North Carolina in the 20th century. He served from 1973 to 1977 and ushered in slowly an era of two-party politics after decades of dominance by Democrats.

Church pastor the Rev. Grady Perryman says Holshouser was a deeply committed Christian and that the only label that mattered to him was not “governor,” but “child of God.”

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

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DAK closing will have wide repurcussions

Friday, June 21st, 2013

If the 600 remained unemployed, the loss in income could total $38 million a year

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‘Tammy’ shoots final scenes in Hollywood East, heads for Niagra Falls

Friday, June 21st, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’s a wrap for “Tammy.”

The film’s final shoot in town closed Blue Clay Road for part of the day. A spokeswoman from the movie said they were shooting a car scene with star Melissa McCarthy.

Crews will now pack up and head to New York to shoot in Niagara Falls.

The movie, which also stars Oscar-winner Susan Sarandon, is due out in theaters next summers.

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New website provides “coffee shop” background noise

Friday, June 21st, 2013

Do you find that you do your best work in a cozy corner of a coffee shop? Well, you aren't alone. A new study found that it is the sounds of the coffee shop that help boost creativity and concentration.

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