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Posted on November 14, 2013 at 6:01 AM

Updated Thursday, Nov 14 at 6:00 AM


GE Aviation breaks ground on Asheville plant

ASHEVILLE, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory is expected to be on hand when an aviation company breaks ground on a new $124 million parts plant.

The ceremony for GE Aviation's new facility is scheduled for Thursday.

The plan is being built next to an existing GE machining plant in Asheville. The company says the new plant will produce engine components made of advanced ceramic matrix composite materials.

GE Aviation could begin hiring at the new plant as early as next year.

The new plant is part of a larger commitment by GE Aviation to invest $195 million across its North Carolina operations through 2017.

GE Aviation has more than 1,300 employees in North Carolina at sites in Asheville, Durham, West Jefferson and Wilmington.


Bodies found in parking lot at Winston-Salem park

(Information in the following story is from: Winston-Salem Journal, )

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. (AP) — Police in Winston-Salem say the bodies of a father and son have been found in a parking lot at a city park.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports that police said 58-year-old Charles Timothy Nichols and his son, 29-year-old Charles Timothy Nichols Jr., were unresponsive and lying in the parking lot at Salem Lake Park on Wednesday. Authorities said both men had gunshot wounds.

Police said weapons were found at the scene. Officers closed the entire park after the bodies were discovered. The park's trails were reopened, but its parking lot and entrance remained closed most of the day.

Salem Lake Park was closed after the bodies were discovered.

According to the city's website, Salem Lake covers 365 acres and has a popular 7-mile trail around it.


McCrory says he still wants Dix park to work

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says he's aiming to reach a renegotiated agreement by early December with Raleigh over the city's effort to turn the campus of now-closed Dorothea Dix mental hospital into a regional park.

McCrory made the comments before big-city mayors dined with him Wednesday at the Executive Mansion. Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane stood beside McCrory and other mayors as he took questions.

Then-Gov. Beverly Perdue agreed late last year to lease the Dix property to Raleigh, but Republican lawmakers didn't like the terms. Legislators couldn't agree what to do next, so McCrory and Raleigh officials delayed the lease until next June to allow for new negotiations.

McCrory says he wants the park plan to work also must protect the state's interests. State employees still work on the campus.


Feds: About 1,700 in NC selected health plans

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Federal officials say about 1,700 North Carolina residents successfully signed up for health insurance plans on the troubled health care exchange website in the first month of open enrollment.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Wednesday almost 30,000 applications to buy coverage for almost 58,000 people were completed on the government's marketplace for private insurance. But only about 1,700 reached the point where they bought plans or are ready to write a check.

The government says about 15,000 North Carolina residents who went through the application process learned they were eligible for financial subsidies to buy coverage. Another 7,400 people were determined to be eligible for Medicaid, the government health insurance program primarily for children and the disabled.


McCrory promotes dog adoption, breeder bill

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory wants the public to adopt some abandoned and maltreated dogs while he and his wife keep seeking legislation to set minimum conditions at large commercial dog breeding operations.

McCrory held a news conference Wednesday to advertise a dog adoption day Saturday at the Executive Mansion in Raleigh. Joining him outside the old Capitol building were a few dogs removed from a Pender County location last month. The governor said some of the Pender County dogs will be among pets on the mansion property looking for new owners this weekend.

He and first lady Ann McCrory promoted a bill this year that sets minimum care standards for some people who breed dogs to sell as pets. The measure passed the House but didn't get heard in the Senate.