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Archive for April, 2014

New chief looking to grow state ports

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina Ports Authority has a new executive director.

On his second day on the job, Paul Cozza, who comes to the Port City from the Boston area, says he is excited to get started.

The state ports are among North Carolina’s major life lines. With cargo ships and trucks constantly coming in and out of the Cape Fear, the State Port of Wilmington is a main economic engine.

“We are a facilitator of being able to see trade,” Cozza said. “We are a facilitator of being able to see commerce.”

Cozza says he would like to see that expand in the future. To do that, he says the authority can utilize infrastructure.

“There’s a lot of things we can take advantage of,” he said.

Like roads, pieces of the port and rail.

“That’s what we want to do: try to spend time on the places we have the opportunity,” Cozza said.

And to make sure the state ports take advantage of serving the economic interests for North Carolina, the board of directors created a committee to take a look at its relationship with the state. This idea was suggested by the Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata, who oversees activity.

“We ought to look and see if we are doing as well as we can possibly do it,” Tata said.

That committee will look at how other states’ ports relate to their state government.

“It’s significant that the secretary would essentially form a committee or make a recommendation to form a committee to take him out of being in charge of everything,” NC Ports Authority Board Chair Michael Lee said.

Tata says the governor will release a 25-year infrastructure plan this summer. He says the report will include a special objective for the ports and stabilizing the coast.

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NC Ports board to study its relationship with state government

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

During a week that had already brought significant change to the North Carolina State Ports Authority, Secretary of Transportation Tony Tata proposed taking a closer look at the relationship between the ports and state government.

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Wilmington man arrested for murder

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

Wilmington, NC (WWAY) – Wilmington police arrested a man they say is responsible for a December murder.

Reginald Laughlin was arrested this morning for the murder of Drayshawn Dowd.

According to police Dowd was shot after an altercation at a party in the 4400 block of McLelland Dr.
He later died.

Laughlin has been charged with first degree murder.

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First Alert Weather: shower chance Friday ahead of bright weekend

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

A disturbance may trigger a shower or storm or two Friday. Following it, a high pressure system will likely bring bright and warm weather for the weekend.

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Officials to study relationship between Ports Authority, DOT

Thursday, April 24th, 2014

The Ports was transferred from Commerce to DOT by legislation in 2011 – a move that wasn’t popular with all parties

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