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Archive for September, 2009

2 NC call centers to close, affecting 180 workers

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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Two call centers in North Carolina are closing, affecting about 180 workers.

The Sun Journal of New Bern reported that Embarq will lay off about 100 workers when it closes its call center in November. Workers learned Thursday about the closing, which is the result of Embarq’s recent merger with CenturyTel Inc.

Embarq spokesman Vernon Fraley says the New Bern employees can apply for jobs in the new company, Century Link, or relocate to available positions. Workers who stay with Embarq until early November get a severance package.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported that Time Warner Cable will close its customer call center in Fayetteville on Oct. 29. Those 80 jobs will move to Raleigh and Wilmington.

Employees will be able to reapply for their positions in the new locations.

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

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Two call centers in North Carolina are closing, affecting about 180 workers.

The Sun Journal of New Bern reported that Embarq will lay off about 100 workers when it closes its call center in November.

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UNC begins second season of series for artists

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — The University of North Carolina is offering artists another chance to show their works to an audience before the play is finished.

The first offering from the Process Series is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday and Saturday at Gerrard Hall in Chapel Hill.

Carina Cortese will perform her one-woman play, “Afterimages of the Disappeared,” about the deaths of nine members of her mother’s family during the Dirty War in Argentina. She will tell the story of the family’s deadly struggle against the Argentine military dictatorship from 1976 through 1983.

During the series, which began last year, artistic works in progress are performed and discussed afterward by the author and audience. Several works from the inaugural series last year have had or are scheduled to have full premieres elsewhere.

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

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The University of North Carolina is offering artists another chance to show their works to an audience before the play is finished.

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UPDATE: One in custody after stabbing his brother in Wilmington

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

Wilmington | One man was stabbed and another was in custody after an alcohol-related dispute between brothers Thursday night, officials said.

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One in custody after stabbing in Wilmington

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

Wilmington | One man was stabbed and another was in custody after an incident about 7:30 p.m. Thursday at 101 Lullwater Drive, a Wilmington police officer said.The victim suffered multiple stab wounds and was taken to a hospital, said Sgt. R. Dawson of the Wilmington Police Department. The man’s condition was unknown, Dawson said.

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Midwifery practice expands for one Wilmington group

Thursday, September 3rd, 2009

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One Wilmington group is expanding its midwifery practice. The South East Area Health Education Center, or SEAHEC, announced Thursday that Susan Carney will join its team. Carney is the program’s second certified nurse midwife.

Carolina OB/GYN recently discontinued its midwifery program, which prompted protests from local women who used their services. While those women are happy to see a new midwife in town, they said they are not completely satisfied.

“We had three midwives and now we’re up to two, but even with three, they weren’t meeting the needs of women; they were turning people away,” said midwife supporter Anna Van Wagoner.

Certified nurse midwife Susan Carney said, “I’m just really excited about having this opportunity to maybe help in some of the demand for midwifery care here in Wilmington.”

The midwife supporters said they applaud SEAHEC for its addition, but will continue to push for an open dialogue with the hospital about changes they would like to see.

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One Wilmington group is expanding its midwifery practice. The South East Area Health Education Center, or SEAHEC, announced Thursday that Susan Carney will join its team.

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