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Archive for August, 2009

NC Senate to quit for this year, House continues

Friday, August 7th, 2009

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RALEIGH — The North Carolina Senate is ready to wrap up their time in Raleigh this year.

The Senate plans to adjourn their work for this legislative session on Friday, while the House plans to keep working until Tuesday. That means the General Assembly will be in official
session until next week.

Lawmakers have felt summer vacation coming all week. They’ve sped up their work and dozens of proposed laws have worked their way toward passage.

Senate leader Marc Basnight of Dare County said a special legislative session could be called late this year or early next year after a committee studying how to restructuring the state’s
tax system holds hearings and presents suggestions.

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

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The North Carolina Senate is ready to wrap up their time in Raleigh this year.

The Senate plans to adjourn their work for this legislative session on Friday, while the House plans to keep working until Tuesday.

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Group provides NC military families with computers

Friday, August 7th, 2009

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FORT BRAGG, N.C. — A nonprofit group is providing computers to the families of paratroopers and Marines preparing to deploy from North Carolina military bases.

The laptop computers from Operation Homelink will allow families of junior enlisted soldiers to stay in touch with the deployed soldiers and Marines. The group will provide 75 computers to paratroopers at Fort Bragg on Friday and 100 computers to Marines at Camp Lejeune on Saturday.

The nonprofit organization is based in Chicago. It has provided computers to nearly 3,000 military families since 2003.

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

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A nonprofit group is providing computers to the families of paratroopers and Marines preparing to deploy from North Carolina military bases.

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App. St., Google sponsor forum on going green

Friday, August 7th, 2009

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LENOIR, N.C. — Interested in getting greener?

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Appalachian State University and Google will co-sponsor a free forum Friday on “Re-powering Our Region: Building Profit by Being Green.” The forum will be held at the Broyhill Civic Center in Lenoir.

The keynote speaker will be Harry Wingo, policy counsel in Google’s Washington office, who focuses on cybersecurity, energy and other issues.

The forum also will feature discussions of responsible energy use, local and global perspectives on the green economy, the area’s existing green businesses and resources for education and economic development.

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

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Interested in getting greener?

The Asheville Citizen-Times reports that Appalachian State University and Google will co-sponsor a free forum Friday on “Re-powering Our Region: Building Profit by Being Green.”

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Expedition aims to find and preserve lost World War II shipwrecks

Friday, August 7th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

A three-week expedition headed by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will seek to find, examine and document previously undiscovered wartime wrecks off the Outer Banks.

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Hundreds of NC teachers can reapply for jobs

Friday, August 7th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Hundreds of teachers laid off from a North Carolina school district will be able to reapply for their jobs after the district found out it will receive more state money than administrators had anticipated.

WSOC-TV reports Friday that Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools Superintendent Peter Gorman says the district fired several hundred teachers in a worst-case budget scenario. But budget issues eased when the state decided to raise taxes to raise more money.

District leaders said they’ll work all weekend drawing up specific plans for rehiring some of the laid-off teachers and hope to have those positions posted next week.

Officials aren’t sure how many of the more than 600 teaching positions cut can be saved, but Gorman says it will be a substantial number.

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

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Hundreds of teachers laid off from a North Carolina school district will be able to reapply for their jobs after the district found out it will receive more state money than administrators had anticipated.

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