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Forest Service approves logging in Pisgah Forest

Friday, September 27th, 2013

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – The U.S. Forest Service says it will allow logging on about 430 acres of the Pisgah National Forest in western North Carolina.

The forest service also said it will use herbicides thin another 350 acres.

District Ranger Derek Ibarguen on Wednesday agreed to allow logging in the Courthouse Creek area of the forest over a three- to five-year period.

Conservation groups opposed logging in the area.

Some hunters said they wanted young, shrubby undergrowth for game species. Other people raised concerns about the impact of logging on views, cultural resources, recreation, streams and older forests.

They have 45 days to appeal.

Ibarguen said the logging is designed to increase habitat diversity with patches of young growth mixed with more mature timber.

Logging could begin as early as 2015.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Blue Cross: Feds OK plans for sale on NC exchange

Friday, September 27th, 2013

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s largest health insurance company says it has federal approval to start more than two dozen plans at different benefit levels on the online insurance marketplace going live next week.,

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina said Thursday it received formal notification from the U.S. Health and Human Services Department that the plans will be available on the statewide health insurance exchange the federal agency will operate.

More than 1 million North Carolinians are expected to sign up for subsidized health insurance under the new federal law starting Tuesday. The state now has about 1.5 million lacking coverage.

The only other company selling coverage on North Carolina’s exchange is Coventry Health Care of the Carolinas. It plans to offer plans in 39 rural and urban counties.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Wilmington mayor comments on end of cease fire,

Friday, September 27th, 2013

Wilmington's mayor thinks the city's 90 day “cease fire” helped deter crime, but said he wants Wilmington residents to continue practicing nonviolence despite the end of the program.

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Residents say cease-fire made a difference

Friday, September 27th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Friday marks the 90th day since Wilmington Police and local clergy called for a cease fire between Wilmington gangs. Throughout the cease fire shootings have continued, but many who live in neighborhoods once riddled by gang violence say they believe peace is on the horizon.

“I can’t speak for anywhere else other than here but it’s been very quiet as of late,” said Hampton Colclough.

In June a shooting on 6th and Kidder began a summer of violence in the Port City.

Soon after leaders decided to put boots on the ground to end an ongoing war between rival factions of Bloods, but the bullets continued to fly.

“Anytime you go in to eradicate a problem that’s out of control it’s not a light switch that you just turn off and turn on,” said Rev. James Jamison. “It takes a few minutes.”

After a number of arrests were made by WPD neighbors say things calmed down.

“Law enforcement did a good job of eradicating the problem and left a void,” said Jamison. “When they left that void a new element of criminal element pops up and that’s what you’re seeing is that attempt to fill it.”

Though shootings continue today many say the cease fire was ultimately successful.

“There’s a lot of gang members starting to defect and starting to rat on each other because they’re getting tired of the gang life,” said Colclough. “Some of these teenagers or young men are realizing that the gangs aren’t their family anymore.”

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Municipal leaders fight Biggert-Waters

Friday, September 27th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Just like the tide the cost of flood insurance is on the rise.

The Biggert-Waters Act is set to go into effect on October 1st and town leaders are asking for help to keep their town afloat.

Thursday, WWAY received a copy of three letters written by Wrightsville Beach mayor pro tem Bill Sisson asking for help from Senator Kay Hagan, Senator Richard Burr, and Congressman Mike McIntyre in their fight against Biggert-Waters.

Sisson claims that the Biggert-Waters Act could increase the cost of home insurance by as much as 25% per year and have a negative effect on land value, business, home prices, and construction in coastal communities.

We tried to reach out to Hagan, Burr, and McIntyre for comment on this story, but they were unavailable due to the looming government shutdown.

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