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Archive for January, 2014

Over half of NC households lack nest egg

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A nonprofit group says more than half of North Carolina households have little or no savings to cover emergencies or start building a better life.

The Washington, D.C.-based Corporation for Enterprise Development says the financial security of North Carolina residents ranks near the bottom in the country.

Most of those who live below the official income poverty line of $23,550 for a family of four are cash poor. The group says more than a third of the middle-income families earning up to $79,000 a year have less than three months of savings. The group which supports programs that get people out of poverty estimates the emergency funds needed by a family of four is about $5,900.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Wilmington release revised trash collection schedule

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The City of Wilmington will not provide trash pickup service on Thursday, January 30, due to unsafe road conditions and safety concerns for employees.

Residential trash collection that is normally picked up on Thursday will be collected on Friday starting at 7:30 a.m. This includes trash, yard waste, recycling and bulky items.

Residential trash collection that is normally picked up on Friday will start to be collected Friday afternoon and pick up will continue on Saturday until completed. Customers are asked to have all trash, recycling, yard waste and bulky items curbside on Friday by 7:30 a.m. and leave out for collection on Saturday.

Downtown commercial district trash pick-up schedule is also impacted.

Schedule for customers in the city’s downtown blue bag program:

Thursday early morning collection will be delayed until 11 a.m. Thursday’s 3 p.m. and 6 p.m. pick-up will occur as normal.

Friday will resume the normal collection schedule of 3:30 a.m., 3 p.m. and 6 p.m.

This schedule pertains only to downtown bluebag customers, not regular residential customers.

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Road conditions deteriorate as night falls

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The temperature has yet to get above freezing, but crews are giving it their all to make sure the major roads in Southeastern North Carolina stay open.

While kids celebrated another day off crews were working 24 hour shifts to try and clear the roads.

“The roads on the interstate are not so bad,” said Dayvon Walton. “We saw at least four snow plows coming through here but in Rocky Point on 117 it looks like no equipment has been out there at all.”

THE NCDOT started preparing for the snow on Sunday by brining the roads.

Despite freezing temperatures the agency says it has helped crews stay ahead of the storm.

“Our bare pavement routes start with the interstates first, and then we go to the major US and secondary routes that are essential to commerce and getting the traffic flowing,” said NCDOT Division Engineer Karen Funsell. “All of those roads we are still having to work.”

While many roads may look clear the temperature is working against the fight.

Salt does not melt ice if the temperature is less than 20 degrees, and with the temperature falling after the sunsets, an invisible danger could appear.

“Black ice is where the water will freeze overnight, and you can’t see it well while you’re driving, so you may be on dry pavement, but if you run into a spot of black ice it is very treacherous,” said Funsell.

The experts still recommend that you stay home unless you have an emergency and need to get out on the roads.

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Up on a rooftop; snowboarding in Wilmington

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Story will air on WWAY approximately 11:25pm

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — For Wilmington resident Drew Salley this was the perfect party. You could say perfect storm as well. Salley hosted a rooftop outing with his friends and neighbors on a cold wintry Wednesday in Wilmington. Mother nature was responsible most of the snow. Salley has the ability to make snow in these conditions as well. “We just had a good time,” Salley said. “We took a couple of pipe fittings, a snowmaker, an air compressor and a compressor washer. That’s it? As easy as that.”

Some roof snow stunts are worthy of a big cheer. Some are not. Things don’t always go as planned. “We often go to the mountains,” Ryan McInnis said. “For Wilmington this is about as good as it can get. This snow is crispy, but we dig an edge into it. We can build a jump and also do it safely.”

With safe being the key word. These guys don’t let everybody go rooftop, but they did let WWAY’s John Rendleman go down the conventional way.

Click the play video icon to see all of the rooftop fun !! Video will be loaded by 11:35.

Story will air on WWAY approximately 11:25pm

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Rollover accident in Wilmington

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

Investigators believe icy road conditions played a part in a rollover accident Wednesday night.

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