Friday, August 22 2014 1:37 AM EDT2014-08-22 05:37:37 GMT
Malaysia is preparing to receive the bodies and ashes of 20 of its citizens killed when Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July.More >>
The bodies and ashes of 20 Malaysians killed when Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 was shot down over Ukraine in July arrived home on Friday, the first day of national mourning in the country's history.More >>
Friday, August 22 2014 12:32 AM EDT2014-08-22 04:32:27 GMT
The founder of a Montgomery boot camp billed as a military style training program for at risk students is under arrested and charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a child.More >>
He uses tough love and a military style approach to keep kids in Montgomery out of trouble but now, the founder of a local discipline academy has found himself in trouble with the law. Glenn Veasy is facing sexual abuse allegations involving one of the teens in his boot camp. More >>
Thursday, August 21 2014 11:48 PM EDT2014-08-22 03:48:02 GMT
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announcedMore >>
Central Alabama Veterans Health Care System Director James Talton and Chief of Staff Dr. Cliff Robinson have been placed on administrative leave, VA Southeast Network Director Charles Sepich announced Thursday.More >>
WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) – School safety and education spending were two of the most talked about issues at three forums of Republican candidates running for office in New Hanover County. The Lower Cape Fear Women's Club organized the forum at the Northeast Public Library in Wilmington.
Four of the five GOP candidates running for seats on the Board of Education attended the forum. Incumbents Janice Cavenaugh and Ed Higgins addressed the crowd along with challengers Jim Brumit and Bruce Shell. Another incumbent, current school board Chairman Don Hayes could not attend because of an engagement out of town. Along with giving a brief introduction of their backgrounds, each candidate spoke on the issue of Resource Officers in New Hanover County Schools, Common Core, and the future needs of the school system. Four seats are open on the school board in this election year.
Both of the Republican candidates for Sheriff, Marcus Benson and Jason Vaughn, touted their previous experience as part of the New Hanover County Sheriff's office. Benson, who is a private investigator and radio talk show host, told the crowd about his background working in the department's gang unit. Vaughn, who is an attorney, also spoke about the gang issue and touted his background of working as a DARE officer and seeing the impact of violence in the criminal justice system.
The largest field of the evening included nine of the ten Republicans who filed to run for New Hanover County Commissioner. Candidate Dave Conklin told organizers he is rethinking his candidacy and did not attend. None of the current candidates are incumbents, as they are trying to replace seated board members Thomas Wolfe and Brian Berger. The field includes first-time candidates John Dismukes, Campbell Dodd, Chuck Kays, Charles Kuebler, Frank Roberts and Hank Thomas. Skip Watkins, who ran unsuccessfully for Wilmington City Council in 2013, is seeking the nomination along with Derrick Hickey, a current member of the school board who came up short in a run for the county commissioner seat in 2012. Ricky Meeks, who has run for several local county and city offices, is also making another campaign for commissioner. The candidates discussed paying off the recent $164 million bond passed in 2008 for building projects at Cape Fear Community College, using incentives for economic development, and industrial zoning requiring special use permits.
The candidates will gather again in April at another forum hosted by WECT and the League of Women Voters.
VIDEO NOTE: Because of technical difficulties, the final question of the County Commissioner candidates' forum is not included in the raw video for this story.
Thursday, August 21 2014 7:37 AM EDT2014-08-21 11:37:34 GMT
Republican leaders in the General Assembly say they have reached a compromise deal on implementing new coal ash regulations, and forcing Duke Energy to close all 33 of its coal ash ponds across North Carolina. AccordingMore >>
House and senate lawmakers in the NC General Assembly passed a bill mandating cleanup of all Duke Energy coal ash ponds by the year 2029. The action follows a massive spill of coal ash into the Dan River in February from a company site in Eden. You can click on a link inside this story to see the specifics of the bill, which is now headed to the Governor's desk.More >>
Wednesday, August 20 2014 11:27 PM EDT2014-08-21 03:27:44 GMT
During a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday afternoon, Wilmington attorney Michael Lee became a state senator until January, although he hopes the upcoming election will extend his tenure. Lee is finishingMore >>
During a swearing-in ceremony Wednesday afternoon, Wilmington attorney Michael Lee became a state senator until January, although he hopes the upcoming election will extend his tenure.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-08-19 01:51:31 GMT
The Film and Entertainment Grant Fund proposal will go back in front of state lawmakers tomorrow and Wednesday, after House and Senate conferees made slight changes to the proposal already approved inMore >>
It appears lawmakers are moving forward with a grant fund that will replace the current Film Incentive Tax Credit that has been in place to lure film and television productions to North Carolina.More >>
Monday, August 18 2014 5:30 PM EDT2014-08-18 21:30:44 GMT
Governor Pat McCrory is appointing Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin as the new Chief Justice of North Carolina's Supreme Court. Judge Martin will replace the current Chief Justice, Sarah Parker, whoMore >>
Governor Pat McCrory's decision to elevate Senior Associate Justice Mark Martin to be the new Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court is being met with criticism from Judge Ola Lewis of Brunswick County, who is opposing Martin for the seat in the November General Election.More >>
Friday, August 15 2014 10:48 PM EDT2014-08-16 02:48:04 GMT
North Carolina legislators failed to complete their primary work session for the year because House members couldn't agree quickly to work through bills that address economic incentives, local sales taxesMore >>
Some House Republicans joined Democrats Friday, opposing a move to bring up a sales tax and economic development bill to the floor for a vote. The defeat forced leaders to schedule a Monday session.More >>
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