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Archive for July, 2013

NHRMC ranked among best hospitals by U.S. News & World Report

Friday, July 19th, 2013

New Hanover Regional Medical Center has received national recognition for excelling across a broad spectrum of patient care in U.S. News & World Report's annual ranking of best hospitals.

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Senate approves terminal groin restrictions

Friday, July 19th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — State lawmakers want to put new restrictions on terminal groins, the rocky structures that slow down beach erosion.

A bill passed in the Senate today puts major restrictions on permanent terminal groins along the coast. Other regulations have to do with the maintenance of these structures.

New Hanover County Shore Protection Manager Layton Bedsole says taking small, scientific steps may not be a bad idea.

“I think it is prudent to take conservative steps in evaluating these structures,” Bedsole said. “It will be a new tool to be evaluated in coastal storm damage reduction in North Carolina.”

Terminal groins are designed to slow down beach erosion by keeping sand in one location longer.

Bedsole says these structures are still relatively new to North Carolina and should be tested.

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Why is the cost of gas in the area rising so quickly?

Friday, July 19th, 2013

The uptick in gas prices might still be accelerating

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Poaching Venus Fly Traps could become a felony

Friday, July 19th, 2013

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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The state’s Plant Conservation Board is looking to beef up penalties for poachers, less than two months after a thousand Venus fly traps were stolen from Wilmington’s Alderman Park.

In light of recent events at Alderman Park, state officials say they are trying to make stealing the rare, carnivorous Venus Fly Trap plants a class ‘H’ felony.

“We will hopefully establish it as an endangered species, which is the highest level that we have,” State Plant Conservation Board Chair Mark Rose said.

He says it is vital regulators come up with ways to protect these precious plants.

When Donna Carr, a science and math teacher, found out nearly 90% of the population was stolen from Alderman Park, she says she was horrified.

“They spent a lot of time and effort to create that environment for those plants,” Carr said. “Venus Fly Traps are indigenous to this area, and we are gradually taking all their habitats away.”

She thinks poaching these plants should be considered a serious offense.

“I think that there should be a repercussion that would make a difference to make them think about whether they were going to steal those plants, or not,” Carr added.

Officials say the process could take more than a year.

And this wouldn’t be the first plant to suffer dire consequences for being uprooting.

Currently taking Ginseng from someone’s property with intent to steal is also considered a class “H” felony.

Right now, Venus Fly Trap poachers can be found guilty of a misdemeanor.

The draft proposed by the board would also include a five dollar replacement cost for each plant taken.

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Eat this: Share something new

Friday, July 19th, 2013

Diverse offerings at 1900 Restaurant & Lounge

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