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Archive for June, 2014

UPDATE: Smithfield confirms apparent ammonia leak at Tar Heel plant

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

TAR HEEL, NC (WWAY) — Smithfield Foods says it is working with local emergency agencies to determine the cause of an apparent ammonia leak at its packing plant in Tar Heel in Bladen County, a company spokeswoman said.

An employee tells us there was an ammonia explosion, which caused workers to have burning eyes and made it hard to breathe. Witnesses say there was a plume of smoke, and then workers started choking.

“Our main concern is for the safety of our employees and the community, and all employees have been evacuated,” Smithfield Director of Corporate Communications Kathleen Kirkham said in an e-mail. “We are also working with local authorities to secure the facility.”

The North Carolina Department of Transportation says NC 87 is closed near the plant. It advises drivers to use Chicken Foot Road and NC 20 as a detour.

Multiple ambulances and fire departments have been called out and are on scene.

We have a reporter on the way and will keep you posted with updates throughout the day.

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Man transported to hospital after being stabbed several times

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

Officers responded to 10th and Chestnut Street in reference to a stabbing around 11 p.m. Monday.

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Man wanted in stabbing found in Greensboro

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

A Wilmington man was arrested in Greensboro today on an attempted murder warrant

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NC college students lobby for in-state tuition for illegal immigrants

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Some college students participated in a mock graduation at the General Assembly, asking North Carolina lawmakers to extend in-state tuition rates to students who are not in the country legally.

Students from around the state shared what it’s like going through school while in the country without legal permission and the challenges they face in pursuing a career path because of their immigration status. A coalition of several Latino groups sponsored the event and is spending the day lobbying Republican lawmakers to give students in-state tuition rates.

Felicia Arriaga with Student Action with Farmworkers said the students enjoyed this graduation more than their actual one because it lets them identify with others who’ve shared their experiences and gives them a platform to share their stories.

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

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Suspect arrested in deadly home invasion claims innocence

Tuesday, June 17th, 2014

In an interview with WECT Tuesday morning, suspect Zeer Cannady claimed he was innocent of all charges related to the June 13 home invasion murder of Aaron McGhee.

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