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Archive for February, 2009

Workers cultivate new skills through nonprofit program

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

A Mexican immigrant couple transformed from farm workers to hospital workers thanks to a program called Telamon Corp. that helps migrant and seasonal workers develop new job skills to get out of the field and into steady employment.

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Bank of America selling some corporate aircrafts

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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Bank of America is selling some of its corporate aircraft fleet in order to cut back costs.

Many financial firms are giving up private jet travel as scrutiny mounts about lavish spending after banks received billions of dollars in federal rescue funds.

A Bank of America spokesman said the company is scaling back its use of corporate aircrafts in order to reduce costs. The company has sold three of its aircrafts and a Merrill Lynch helicopter it acquired when the two companies merged.

Bank of America owns nine planes.

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Many financial firms are giving up private jet travel as scrutiny mounts about lavish spending after banks received billions of dollars in federal rescue funds.

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More NC counties join program to deport illegals

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Five North Carolina counties are joining a program to deport illegal immigrants.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Thursday that eight counties helped deport more than 3,100 inmates last year.

Orange, Harnett, Duplin, New Hanover and Buncombe counties are joining a program called Secure Communities. It gives jails equipment that uses inmates’ fingerprints to check immigration status and criminal records and automatically alerts immigration officials.

The program is similar to one used in eight counties that trains local officers to interview immigrants and begin deportation. The new program doesn’t require extra training.

Duplin County Sheriff Blake Wallace says deputies won’t be detaining people to get their fingerprints. He says he will use the program for people already in jail.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Five North Carolina counties are joining a program to deport illegal immigrants.

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New Hanover schools risk more transfer requests

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

Is the New Hanover County Board of Education about to reopen the contentious redistricting battle from last fall?No, officials insist.But actions Tuesday, in which officials unanimously agreed to switch more than two dozen students to appease upset parents, leave some to wonder where the board will draw the line.

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Fire destroys old Rockefeller estate

Thursday, February 5th, 2009

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Fire destroyed a 14-bedroom guesthouse on an old Rockefeller family estate near Fort Bragg Wednesday.

Army officials said the Bird Song building at Overhills Estate caught fire Wednesday morning. The area is part of the Fort Bragg’s training area.

No training was taking place at the time.

The building was built in the early 1960’s as a guesthouse to handle overflow from the estate’s mansion.

Officials said the building is not one of the historical structures on the estate.

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Army officials said the Bird Song building at Overhills Estate caught fire Wednesday morning. The area is part of the Fort Bragg’s training area.

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