Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:51 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:51:12 GMT
By The Associated Press Delta Air Lines is canceling all flights to Israel until further notice, citing reports that a rocket landed near Tel Aviv's Ben Gurion Airport.More >>
By The Associated Press When U.S. and European airlines quickly canceled flights to Israel Tuesday, they showed both a skittishness and a new sense of urgency in dealing with global trouble spots...More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:47 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:47:55 GMT
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A former Opp Police Chief was honored on Tuesday in Covington County as the department named its firing range in memory of the former chief. Johnny Ray Metcalf spent 27 years with the Opp Police Department,More >>
A former Opp Police Chief was honored on Tuesday in Covington County as the department named its firing range in memory of the former chief.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 9:17 PM EDT2014-07-23 01:17:20 GMT
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Crews are currently working to improve four student residences at Tuskegee University. The university began renovation to Banneker, Bethune, Douglass and Young Halls in May. The upgrades are expected toMore >>
The university began renovation to Banneker, Bethune, Douglass and Young Halls in May. The upgrades are expected to be completed by the Fall 2014 semester.More >>
Tuesday, July 22 2014 8:53 PM EDT2014-07-23 00:53:02 GMT
Firefighters and local authorities are heartened by weather forecasts that call for continued cooler temperatures and higher humidity as they battle a destructive wildfire that has charred hundreds of square miles...More >>
A destructive wildfire in Washington state has grown slightly but firefighters have made progress in their efforts to get it under control.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.
Tuesday, July 22 2014 2:32 PM EDT2014-07-22 18:32:17 GMT
A new poll of North Carolina's highly-watched Senate race shows incumbent Kay Hagan's lead widening over Thom Tillis with less than four months left before Election Day. Public Policy Polling surveyedMore >>
Incumbent Kay Hagan has stretched her lead slightly over Thom Tillis in the highly-watched race for one of North Carolina's seats in the U.S. Senate. Hagan's lead is now seven points over Tillis with less than four months to go before Election Day. To see the specifics of the poll, click on the link inside this story.More >>
Thursday, July 17 2014 12:27 AM EDT2014-07-17 04:27:48 GMT
Republican David Rouzer has a cash advantage over the two other candidates running to replace Mike McIntyre as the Representative for North Carolina's 3rd Congressional District. Rouzer, Democrat JonathanMore >>
Former state Senator David Rouzer has a wide advantage over the other two candidates in the race for the 7th Congressional District race in North Carolina. More >>
Wednesday, June 18 2014 7:42 AM EDT2014-06-18 11:42:30 GMT
RALEIGH, N.C. (AP/WECT) - A committee of the North Carolina Senate advanced a bill aimed at stopping groundwater pollution leaching from Duke Energy's coal pits in the state, despite concerns raised byMore >>
A state Senate committee on Tuesday gave approval to a coal ash bill mandating clean up deadlines for Duke Energy's coal ash ponds across North Carolina. Click the link inside the story to read the text of the bill.More >>
Thursday, June 12 2014 12:17 AM EDT2014-06-12 04:17:16 GMT
Victims of state-sponsored sterilization in North Carolina could receive compensation about nine months earlier than expected, if a proposal inside the $21 billion state House budget plan is approved. TheMore >>
A proposal inside the state House spending plan could bring compensation to victims of North Carolina's Eugenics program months earlier than they expected. The proposal could free up funding as early as October of 2014, instead of waiting until July of 2015. Click on the link inside this story to read the full proposal.More >>
Tuesday, June 10 2014 10:37 AM EDT2014-06-10 14:37:12 GMT
Leaders of the North Carolina House of Representatives unveiled a $21.1 billion budget proposal Tuesday morning, which includes an average 5 percent raise for public school teachers, avoids changes toMore >>
Members of the state House on Tuesday introduced a $21 billion budget proposal Tuesday morning, which increases teacher pay but includes no mention of film incentives, which are set to run out at the end of the year. Click on the link inside the story to see the entire proposal.More >>
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