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Archive for February, 2009

Analysis: State employee health plan a $1.2 billion crisis

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Raleigh | The bad news for legislators keeps coming, but this time they were warned.Last Wednesday a briefing was held on the State Health Plan and legislators were told they needed to find an additional $1.2 billion during the next two years to keep the insurance pool open for state employees.

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Crossroads: Look out, litterbugs: Tattlers on rise

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Some motorists and car passengers in our area might benefit from a letter from the colonel of the N.C. State Highway Patrol. That’s what happens when alert witnesses report litterbugs to the state through its Swat-A-Litterbug program.

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Vocal residents can wield power to shape port project

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Get a seat at the table. That’s the advice residents and environmental activists in Virginia have for the citizens of Southport, where the state plans to build an international terminal on 600 acres.

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Ferry cutbacks give Southport leaders a sinking feeling

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

Because the U.S. Coast Guard decided it was time to “more properly” follow a federal law that has been in place for years, the state ferry division has been forced to eliminate four trips at the Fort Fisher/Southport ferry that are usually added during the peak season.

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UNC facing budget cuts

Sunday, February 8th, 2009

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University of North Carolina budget cuts may mean fewer classes and teachers.

Leaders of the statewide university system have been working to accommodate an anticipated 7% budget cut over the system’s 16 campuses.

The state funds the universities, and is facing a $2 billion budget shortfall. The job cuts would include a total of 1,700 jobs and of that, more than 600 layoffs would be faculty positions.

The cuts would mean that many courses would have to be canceled and class size would increase.

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University of North Carolina budget cuts may mean fewer classes and teachers.

Leaders of the statewide university system have been working to accommodate an anticipated 7% budget cut over the system’s 16 campuses.

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