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Archive for July, 2014

Moped involved in accident in Carolina Beach

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

Emergency crews responded to the scene of an accident involving a moped Friday night in Carolina Beach.

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Man charged with sex crimes with a minor

Saturday, July 19th, 2014

ONSLOW COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Onslow County authorities have arrested a man and charged him with sex crimes with a minor.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s office says Willis Lee Griffin, Jr. was arrested on July 18, 2014, for Statutory Sex Offense against a person who is 13, 14, 15 Years Old, Indecent Liberties with a Child, and Sexual Battery.

Deputies say Griffin, 43, committed the crimes on June 8, 2014.

Griffin is being held on a $150,000 unsecured bond.

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Oil and gas exploration moves forward in Atlantic

Friday, July 18th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)- The Obama administration announced the first step toward oil and natural gas exploration off the Atlantic coast.

“It’s definitely unfortunately the first big step forward towards allowing seismic air guns off the Atlantic Coast but it is by no means a final decision,” said Sara Young, a marine scientist with Oceana says decision by the Obama administration was one they expected.

The decision by the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management sets a precedential path forward for exploration of oil and natural gas reserves off of our coast.

“The economic impacts from offshore oil and natural gas exploration are significant for our state upwards of four billion dollars per year,” said David McGowan with the North Carolina Petroleum Council, “We need an all of the above energy strategy here in this country to meet our growing demand for energy at home here and also abroad.”

Opponents say North Carolina is suited for other types of energy that need no exploration.

“North Carolina specifically does have a lot to gain from offshore wind,” said Young, “a lot of states in the Atlantic are moving forward with great speed.”

They say exploring these reserves through seismic testing Is harmful to the environment and wildlife.

Which is why several local towns, including some in our area, have come out against it.

“So it definitely helps to have local governments and local communities, stepping up and saying they are not ok with having air guns off their coast,” said Young.

Proponents though say the testing and extraction is safe.

“It is safe, it has been done safely,” said McGowan, “in other areas of the country including in the Gulf of Mexico.”

Friday afternoon Gov. McCrory released a statement applauding the decision.

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Raleigh gridlock breeds budget worries

Friday, July 18th, 2014

Local officials keep watch for financial surprises as lawmakers continue hashing out state budget

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McCrory applauds Obama admin’s decision to begin offshore seismic testing

Friday, July 18th, 2014

The Obama administration has approved the use of sonic cannons to explore for oil and gas off the Eastern Shore, and North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory is applauding that decision.

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