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Archive for May, 2014

Hamilton, Iler, Davis sponsor bill to keep NC film incentives from ending

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Three area lawmakers have sponsored a bill in the North Carolina House of Representatives that would keep the state’s tax incentives for film projects from ending.

HB 1142 would eliminate what’s known as the sunset date from the film incentives. Currently the incentives are set to run out at the end of the year. The bill also proposes increasing the necessary threshold for spending by a project from $250,000 to $300,000 to qualify for a 25-percent tax rebate from the state.

The bill has bipartisan support from the local delegation. Its primary sponsors include Susi Hamilton, a Democrat who represents part of New Hanover and Brunswick counties, along with Republicans Frank Iler (Brunswick County) Ted Davis (New Hanover County). Democrat Becky Carney of Mecklenburg County is also among the bill’s primary sponsors.


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ONLY ON 3: Brunswick Co. school board member Catherine Cooke defends traditional schedules during a rant

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

BOLIVIA, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Schools Superintendent Edward Pruden never imagined the can of worms he would open when he suggested tweaking the staggered schedule plan. He pitched starting the elementary schools start class first based on sleep studies he had read about. At a teacher / parent conference last week he said research showed that younger kids get up earlier than older kids and starting school earlier would help them stay engaged longer in the day. That would allow the older students to sleep a little later and not be so tired during afternoon class.

The school board took that pitch and decided to turn it on its head, voting 3-2 to go back to traditional start times for all schools. The reversal will cost the school system $1.4 million dollars plus cut some 60 jobs according to the district’s finance office.

At that meeting, school board member Catherine Cooke, who home schools her children and was one of the first to want to ban the book The Color Purple from the classrooms, went on a rant defending her decision to make the motion to go back to traditional start times.

“The first year this came up we had the sleep studies. Now I’ll tell you what, I’ve lost more sleep over this than anything,” said Cooke. “And I’m going to say that right off the bat, I’m sick of hearing about sleep studies. Y’all take care of your children, I take care of my children. I get them to bed when they need to get to bed, they get up when they need to get up. I don’t care, if they stay up till 12 o’clock, that’s their own fault. If they stay up till 3 o’clock, that’s their own fault. Sleep shmeet, I’m tired of hearing about the sleep studies I’ll tell you that right now. If I hear about another sleep study, you don’t want to say that around me.”

“I know it’s a huge amount of money, but when the door was opened again for public comment, the emails that came and the calls that came said okay we’ve done staggered start … but, if there was an option, we would love to go back to traditional time,” Cooke added.

“Whoever came up with the comment that said, ‘We’re gonna lose jobs because of this,’ I got an issue with that! … That has never been in the discussion. That is just part of the business of schools. You’re going to lose jobs every year. If you’re in a company, you might lose your job tomorrow. We wanted to do what the community wanted, the community wanted to go back to traditional time…”

“We’ve got free breakfast for everybody in the world. Am I gonna be able to go to school and say, ‘Can I have free breakfast too?’ How many things … I mean are we just gonna give everybody everything? Why don’t we just let them sleep here at school too? We can feed ’em, educate ’em, give ’em dinner, let them sleep here! Just live at the school!,” she said.

“And it was never meant to affect jobs. That’s just part of the package. I mean we would have never voted and then say we’re going to lose all these jobs. Jobs change every year. I mean, we have funding changes, but we want to keep the schools safe. And I tell ya, after we get this over and done with, we got real issues in the classroom. We’ve got some real issues with curriculum, with keeping childrens’ minds safe, there’s a lot of stuff out there that is not even gonna touch the surface, but we need to get on with time, starting time – done! We need to get on with the education and the business of educating these children and keeping them safe physically, mentally and emotionally. And that’s a huge task that will probably never be met, but that’s our real task,” Cooke said.


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WPD looking for duo after armed robberies reported minutes apart

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are searching for a duo they say attempted to rob a Wilmington convenience store minutes before getting away with cash at another just a few blocks away.

Wilmington Police say the first call came in around 2:30 a.m., reporting the robbery attempt at the Lucky Stop Food Mart at 6402 Market Street. That’s where officers say the clerk told them a woman walked inside and asked if the store was open before getting back into a car parked outside.

Officers say a man walked in the store with a shirt wrapped around his head and hand, as if he had a weapon hidden, and demanded money from the clerk. Police say when the clerk refused to give the man money, he ran out of the store and took off.

A short time later, a call came in reporting an armed robbery just a few blocks away at the Kangaroo Express at 6480 Market Street. Officers say the clerk there told them a man matching the same description of the robber at the first store.

Police say the man demanded money, threatened that clerk, and then took off when he handed over the money. They say the robber jumped into the passenger-side of a car, matching the same descriptions as the first robbery reported.

WPD says the man is in his late 20s, and was wearing a long-sleeved dark shirt at the time of the robbery. They say the woman, who was driving a four-door, grey Subaru during both crimes, looks to be in her late 30s.

If you have any information on either suspect, call the Wilmington Police Department.


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Crews continue search for marine who fell from Osprey aircraft

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

Crews have narrowed their search down to just Bladen County for a United States Marine who reportedly fell from an Osprey aircraft.

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UPDATE: All students released from hospital following Monday’s bus accident

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

All students involved in the bus accident near the intersection of HWY 211 and Midway Road Monday have been released from the hospital.

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