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Archive for June, 2009

Chicago company acquires Walker Taylor insurance agency

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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Wilmington insurance company Walker Taylor Agency Inc. has been acquired by Arthur J. Gallagher & Co., the suburban Chicago company annouced.

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NC Highway Patrol starts new canine program

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Six months after it dissolved its old canine program amid criticism of dog welfare, the North Carolina Highway Patrol has implemented a new one with new dogs and new handlers.

Patrol spokesman Capt. Everett Clendenin said Thursday that six Labrador retrievers had been paired with freshly trained troopers. Clendenin says the patrol is using Labs because they are better at detecting drugs, which is the dogs’ primary duty.

Clendenin says shepherd breeds that had been used in the past aren’t needed anymore because they are no longer used for pursuits and protection.

The patrol disbanded its canine unit in December after incidents raised concerns about treatment of the dogs. A video showed a trooper kicking his dog, which wasn’t injured.

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

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Six months after it dissolved its old canine program amid criticism of dog welfare, the North Carolina Highway Patrol has implemented a new one with new dogs and new handlers.

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School says Easley axed over economy

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The chancellor of North Carolina State University has told former first lady Mary Easley in her termination letter that she was let go because of “the recent economic downturn.”

Interim Chancellor Jim Woodward said in the letter released Thursday that Easley’s contract was terminated as of close of business a day earlier.

The university’s board of trustees voted on Monday to eliminate the contract, saying it was in the best interest of the university.

Former chancellor James Oblinger resigned that same day and e-mails showed he and former Gov. Mike Easley played a role in Mary Easley’s hiring. The university’s former provost and former
chairman of the board of trustees have also resigned amid questions about how Easley got the job.

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

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The chancellor of North Carolina State University has told former first lady Mary Easley in her termination letter that she was let go because of “the recent economic downturn.”

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Students give new school dress code mixed reviews

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

High school means driving, prom and Friday night football, and now, in New Hanover County, collared shirts and conservative clothing just shy of being considered a uniform.

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NC officials investigate over 54,000 dead fish

Thursday, June 11th, 2009

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BLOUNTS CREEK, N.C. — More than 54,000 dead fish have been found in Blounts Creek in eastern North Carolina.

The North Carolina Division of Water Quality says the fish were found Wednesday morning in the upper part of the creek in Beaufort County. The creek feeds into the Pamlico River.

Spokeswoman Susan Massengale says the dead fish included menhaden, spot, sunfish, bream, gizzard and shad.

Massengale says low dissolved oxygen levels were measured at the surface and three feet below the surface throughout the area where the dead fish were found.

She says officials are trying to determine what caused the oxygen levels to drop. Water samples have been sent to a lab in Raleigh for analysis.

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

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More than 54,000 dead fish have been found in Blounts Creek in eastern North Carolina.

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