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Archive for March, 2009

NC arts school: Scholarships to drop by 50 percent

Friday, March 6th, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM — Officials at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem say they expect the amount of money available for scholarships to drop by 50 percent next year.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the vice chairman of the school’s board of trustees said the school would need $450,000 to bring the aid up to this year’s level. Vice chairman Ralph Womble spoke at a board meeting Thursday.

Officials said the school’s endowment fell from $17 million in June to $13 million in December. The school brought in at least $300,000 in fund raising; otherwise, officials said the amount of money available for scholarships would be even lower.

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

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Officials at the UNC School of the Arts in Winston-Salem say they expect the amount of money available for scholarships to drop by 50 percent next year.

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Are you wondering where your state tax refund is?

Friday, March 6th, 2009

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North Carolina’s tax office said refunds are slow in getting out because it is worried about issuing too many checks at once.

The department is experiencing a “temporary backlog” with issuing individual refunds. It is writing checks every week, but it hopes to make significant progress with the backlog in a few weeks.

It is the latest fiscal problem for state government, which is dealing with dwindling tax collections due to the recession.

Governor Bev Perdue is trying to close a projected $2.2 billion shortfall this fiscal year.

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North Carolina’s tax office said refunds are slow in getting out because it is worried about issuing too many checks at once.

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NC to host regional discussion on health reform

Friday, March 6th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue has announced that North Carolina will host a regional discussion on health reform, one of five such forums the Obama administration is conducting
across the country.

The discussion in North Carolina is scheduled for March 31 in Greensboro.

Other sites are California, Iowa, Michigan and Vermont. The governors of those states will also lead the discussions on health reform.

Obama summoned allies, skeptics and health care figures to the White House on Thursday to debate ideas for overhauling the nation’s costly system. Obama intended his daylong Washington
session and a series of meetings to follow across the country to signal that his push for universal health care coverage will be more open and inclusive than former President Bill Clinton’s attempt in the 1990s.

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

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Gov. Beverly Perdue has announced that North Carolina will host a regional discussion on health reform, one of five such forums the Obama administration is conducting
across the country.

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Opponents’ contest seeks alternate use for Southport terminal site

Friday, March 6th, 2009

What would you do with 600 riverfront acres near the mouth of the Cape Fear?No port/Southport, a nonprofit organization trying to stop the N.C. State Ports Authority from building an international terminal on the property near Southport, wants to know.

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Road, bridge work will test drivers’ calm

Friday, March 6th, 2009

These four projects are affecting roads around Wilmington. Find out what areas you should avoid.

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