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Archive for August, 2009

NC jobless rate stayed stuck at 11 percent in July

Friday, August 21st, 2009

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RALEIGH — Jobless workers in North Carolina gained no ground in July as they struggled against a statewide unemployment rate that stayed flat at 11 percent.

The state’s Employment Security Commission on Friday reported that July’s unemployment rate stayed unchanged from June. July marks a sixth consecutive month the state’s jobless rate hovered above the previous historic high.

The national picture isn’t much better. The U.S. unemployment rate was 9.4 percent in July, down a tenth of a percentage point from a 26-year high.

Most economists predict that Americans are in for a long struggle as they try to get back to work. Some forecasts don’t have the U.S. unemployment rate getting back to “normal” levels of
around 5 percent until 2014.

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

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Jobless workers in North Carolina gained no ground in July as they struggled against a statewide unemployment rate that stayed flat at 11 percent.

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Quick job training offered through community college program

Friday, August 21st, 2009

By Ana RibeiroAna.Ribeiro@StarNewsOnline.com

In the stimulus-funded JobsNOW program, Brunswick and Cape Fear community colleges train students in six months or less to go into fields in high demand.

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SC Powerball ticket has match for $260M jackpot

Friday, August 21st, 2009

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COLUMBIA, S.C. | The economic crunch has drastically improved for one lucky Powerball player who bought a ticket in South Carolina.

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SC woman charged in fatal NC race can go to church

Friday, August 21st, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — A North Carolina judge has ruled that a South Carolina woman under house arrest awaiting trial for a deadly street racing crash in April can attend church.

The Charlotte Observer reported that a judge ruled Thursday that 44-year-old Carlene Atkinson cannot drive but can attend church and go to medical appointments.

The former Sunday School teacher and vacation Bible school director from Lake Wylie, S.C., is accused of racing 20-year-old Tyler Stasko at speeds up to 100 mph on a North Carolina highway.

The race resulted in three deaths when Stasko’s car crashed into another car killing the driver, a 45-year-old college professor, her 2-year-old daughter and a 13-year-old passenger in Stasko’s car.

Atkinson’s car wasn’t involved in the crash, but she and Stasko are both charged with murder.

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

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A North Carolina judge has ruled that a South Carolina woman under house arrest awaiting trial for a deadly street racing crash in April can attend church.

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2 NC cities awarded $3.6M in transit funding

Friday, August 21st, 2009

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RALEIGH — Federal officials announced that two North Carolina cities have been awarded $3.6 million for transit improvements.

The U.S. Department of Transportation said Thursday the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will help fund projects in the cities of Jacksonville and Gastonia.

Jacksonville was awarded $1.5 million for five 28-foot buses and a parking facility. Gastonia will get $2.1 million to buy five 35-foot clean diesel buses.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said the recovery act has awarded more than $5 billion in grants for transit improvements around the country.

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

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Federal officials announced that two North Carolina cities have been awarded $3.6 million for transit improvements.

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