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Archive for July, 2009

NC national park offering fee-free weekends

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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MANTEO, N.C. — Visitors to a national park attraction at North Carolina’s Outer Banks will be able to visit some attractions free of charge.

The National Park Service said it is taking part in a national fee-free weekend on July 18-19 and Aug. 15-16.

That means visitors to the Cape Hatteras National Seashore area will be able to visit the Wright Brothers National Memorial. The program doesn’t mean fees will be waived for campgrounds and lighthouse entry.

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

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Visitors to a national park attraction at North Carolina’s Outer Banks will be able to visit some attractions free of charge.

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Traffic delays expected on Princess Place Drive

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

All lanes of Princess Place Drive, between 21st and 22nd streets, are closed today for immediate repairs to a sewer line.

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NHC school budget cuts stop short on transportation

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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New Hanover County schools’ budget cuts for next year include putting the brakes on some transportation options. The school board adopted the budget for the 2009-2010 school year. It reduces the transportation budget by more than $800,000.

Early college high school students will now have to ride their district buses and be shuttled to their early colleges.

Buses will no longer be provided for students who attend Virgo or Williston Middle Schools, and New Hanover High School under the open enrollment program.

Buses will also no longer be provided for all after school athletic and remediation programs.

This is expected to save $165,000 in fuel costs.

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New Hanover County schools’ budget cuts for next year include putting the brakes on some transportation options. The school board adopted the budget for the 2009-2010 school year. It reduces the transportation budget by more than $800,000.

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Defense contractors offer work to NC businesses

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Aerospace defense contractors who land big military contracts are getting together with smaller North Carolina companies able to perform some of the work.

A conference on Tuesday at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh aims to beef up North Carolina’s aerospace industry. Primary contractors will describe their defense and commercial
aerospace projects to smaller companies who may be able to deliver needed products or services.

The conference was arranged by the North Carolina Aerospace Alliance Foundation, an effort financed by the state’s Golden Leaf Fund to expand jobs supplying products for commercial and military aircraft industries.

Defense Department spending in North Carolina grew by 22 percent last year to $3.6 billion.

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

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Aerospace defense contractors who land big military contracts are getting together with smaller North Carolina companies able to perform some of the work.

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NC police shoot and kill backyard bear

Tuesday, July 14th, 2009

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WINSTON-SALEM — Police in North Carolina have shot and killed a bear found pawing through trash cans in someone’s backyard.

Multiple media outlets reported that Winston-Salem police perceived the animal as a threat and shot it late Monday. The officers did not explain the reason. City sanitation workers
removed the bear.

Residents in the area have recently reported bear sightings.

The bear population in North Carolina has nearly tripled since 1971, from 4,000 bears then to an estimated 11,000 bears in 2004.

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

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Police in North Carolina have shot and killed a bear found pawing through trash cans in someone’s backyard.

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