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Archive for June, 2009

Cape Fear Memorial Bridge inspection brings lane closures, delays

Monday, June 8th, 2009

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Drivers may hit some traffic crossing the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge later this week. Starting on Wednesday or Thursday, and continuing all next week, lanes will be closed for inspections.

The inspections will examine metal plates that connect different pieces of the bridge. They were mandated nationwide after the bridge collapse in Minnesota in 2007.

One westbound lane could be closed during the day from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and an eastbound lane from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.

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Drivers may hit some traffic crossing the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge later this week. Starting on Wednesday or Thursday, and continuing all next week, lanes will be closed for inspections.

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N.C. State fires Easley

Monday, June 8th, 2009

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Former First Lady Mary Easley has been fired from her job at N.C. State.

On Monday, UNC System President Erskine Bowles announced Mary Easley’s termination from her $170,000 a year job, shortly after the school’s chancellor resigned.

Meanwhile, e-mails released by N.C. State indicate the former governor was involved in the school’s hiring of his wife, who had refused to step down despite calls from top university officials.

In a statement released today by the university, Chancellor James Oblinger said he’s stepping down because the scrutiny of a job given to former First Lady Mary Easley is a distraction for the school.

Oblinger is the third person to resign from the leadership of the university as a result of the Easley investigation. Provost Larry Nielsen and Board Chariman McQueen Campbell resigned last month.

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On Monday, UNC System President Erskine Bowles announced Mary Easley’s termination from her $170,000 a year job, shortly after the school’s chancellor resigned.

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Suspected H1N1 case at New Hanover High School

Monday, June 8th, 2009

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The list is getting longer of suspected cases of the H1N1 virus in New Hanover County.

A student at New Hanover High School is the latest person believed to have the virus. The student was not in school today and the case has not yet been confirmed to be H1N1.

To date, there have been three confirmed cases of H1N1 at Gregory Elementary School, one at Snipes Academy, one at Sunset Park Elementary, and one confirmed case in a pre-school aged child. The health department will not release the name of the pre-school or the age of the child.

New Hanover High School added one to the suspected case list today.

Roland-Grise Middle School is also awaiting confirmation on a suspected case.

Another suspected case at Holly Tree Elementary School has already come back negative.

Parents have been notified of all these cases.

The advice remains the same: practice good hygiene, wash your hands, and keep your kids home if they’re sick.

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The list is getting longer of suspected cases of the H1N1 virus in New Hanover County.

A student at New Hanover High School is the latest person believed to have the virus. The student was not in school today and the case has not yet been confirmed to be H1N1.

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NC Lt. Governor talks small business

Monday, June 8th, 2009

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Small business owners in the Greater Wilmington area had the chance to express some of their concerns to the lieutenant governor Monday. Walter Dalton is on a state-wide tour to hear the needs of small businesses.

Small business accounts for 70 percent of the new jobs in our state. With unemployment at 10.8 percent in North Carolina Dalton said it is important to support the job providers. “The Small Business Assistance Fund is really targeted for those existing businesses that have been very viable and vibrant, but because of the downturn in the economy are struggling,” he said.

The fund would provide low interest loans for small business owners.

Dalton also spoke about tax incentives for small businesses to help increase hiring.

The business owners said the discussion was important in helping them feel relevant and supported on the state level.

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Small business owners in the Greater Wilmington area had the chance to express some of their concerns to the lieutenant governor Monday. Walter Dalton is on a state-wide tour to hear the needs of small businesses.

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UNCW nursing scholarship fund needs a boost

Monday, June 8th, 2009

A cancer victim’s family invites people to a game of bowling to save a scholarship for UNCW nursing students.

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