Wilmington, NC – Construction is under way in Columbus County on a new state prison.
The maximum-security prison is going up near Tabor City and will hold 992 cells.
Crews cleared the site last summer and a construction started back in June. John Harris is the senior project manager for Centex Construction, he says it's going to take thousands of workers to build the prison, most of them local.
Wilmington, NC – State lawmakers are attempting to crack down on cell phone use in the car, but some traffic officials say the bill would be difficult to enforce.
A new bill prohibiting teens from chatting on cell phones behind the wheel contains a loophole allowing some calls. Lieutenant Everett Clendenin of the North Carolina Highway Patrol says such loopholes would make issuing citations difficult.
Wilmington, NC – Last year's Base Realignment and Closure (BRAC) Commission designated the Adrian B. Wilmington Armed Forces Reserve Center on West Lakeshore Drive a surplus property. Now, under federal rules, groups that would use the facility for public benefit get the first shot at it, with homeless services taking a preferred role in the transfer.
Wilmington, NC – State Health Officials are urging residents in eastern North Carolina to use insect repellent after diagnosing cases of West Nile and Eastern Equine Encephalitis in some chickens and a horse.
The chickens diagnosed with West Nile were in Craven and Beaufort counties.
The Eastern Equine Encephalitis cases were diagnosed in Columbus and Carteret counties.