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Archive for September, 2014

WEDNESDAY UPDATE: Former SBI agent continues testimony Marty Lewis trial

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

The trial of Marty Lewis, accused of trafficking drugs as Fair Bluff's Police Chief, is underway in Columbus County Superior Court.

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Governor McCrory Promotes Eastern North Carolina Service Academy Days

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

United States Military Academies will receive some due promotion from North Carolina Governor Pat McCrory in the form of Service Academy Day information sessions to be held in Wilmington and Winterville on Sept. 27, 2014.U.S. Senators and representatives hold the privilege of nominating the students within their districts who exhibit qualities becoming of the nation’s Service academies. In a statement released Sept. 2…

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Duke Energy creates $10 million waterway fund

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — Duke Energy says it’s creating a $10 million fund for programs to improve and promote water quality and conservation in five states.

Duke president Lynn Good said Wednesday the fund reflects the company’s commitment to the environment.

Nonprofit groups and local governments in North Carolina, South Carolina, Virginia, Tennessee and Georgia can apply for the money.

Several have received money, including Asheville, which will install kiosks to tell the environmental story of the area – starting on a greenway and progressing to the French Broad River.

Duke’s Asheville plant has been cited by North Carolina’s environmental department for discharging coal ash waste into the French Broad River.

Frank Holleman, senior staff attorney for the Southern Environmental Law Center, says Duke can help waterways by curbing coal ash pollution.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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NC man charged in teenager’s hit-and-run death

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Authorities say a Clayton man has been charged in the hit-and-run death of a 13-year-old boy waiting for a school bus at his home.

Multiple media outlets report 28-year-old Efren Vences was in court on Wednesday, and he apologized for the death of Keith Jones. Vences is charged with felony hit-and-run and misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle.

The N.C. Highway Patrol said Jones was standing near the roadway at his home around 7 a.m. Tuesday when a burgundy Ford Crown Victoria struck him. The patrol said Jones, who attended Wendell Middle School, was taken to Wake Medical Center, where he died.

Vences, who posted a $50,000 bond, waived his right to a court-appointed attorney, and the judge set his next hearing for Oct. 15.

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


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Soundless smoke alarm: how does it work?

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

New Hanover county and the Wilmington fire department are installing specialized smoke alarms for the hearing impaired and deaf individuals in Wilmington.

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