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Archive for August, 2014

Obama defends handling of veterans affairs issues

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — For Robert McCauley, the scandal at Veterans Affairs medical centers has touched a nerve.

The 67-year-old retired sergeant says he’s heard complaints from friends about the long wait to see doctors.

So the Cary, North Carolina, veteran listened carefully Tuesday when President Barack Obama addressed the VA’s problems at the American Legion National Convention in Charlotte.

The president defended his administration’s response to lapses that delayed health care for thousands of former service members.

Afterward, McCauley says he was more optimistic about changing the VA’s culture.

Other politicians addressed the legionnaires, including Democratic U.S. Sen. Kay Hagan, who is facing a difficult re-election.

Hagan has sought to distance herself from Obama’s policies, but she was at the North Carolina Air National Guard Base to greet the president.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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North Carolina infested with fire ants

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Seventy-one out of one-hundred counties in North Carolina are infested with fire ants.

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New Hanover leaders hone economic development strategy

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

The New Hanover County Commission and Wilmington City Council met in a joint session Tuesday to act on a consultant's recommendations for boosting economic development.

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Charlotte considers millions on Hornets arena

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — The city of Charlotte is considering a plan to spend about $30 million to make improvements at Time Warner Cable Area, home of the NBA’s Hornets.

Staffers told Charlotte City Council on Monday the money would come from two hospitality taxes. City council is expected to take a first vote on the proposal at a meeting Sept. 8.

The proposed upgrades include increasing the number of lower level seats by about 600. More than $2 million would be spent to repair the floor and improve its quality.

The 50 restrooms in the building would be upgraded at a cost of about $2 million.

Restaurant access would also be improved.

The scoreboard would be upgraded to high definition quality with larger screens. Television monitors in the building also would be upgraded.

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

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Latest update: Hurricane Cristobal strengthens a little

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

Your First Alert Weather Team is tracking Hurricane Cristobal in the Atlantic Ocean.

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