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Archive for September, 2009

Illegal immigrants allowed to enroll at NC community colleges

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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Undocumented immigrants will now be able to attend community college in North Carolina. There have been multiple policy changes since 2001, but this latest ruling may bring some closure.

The new policy comes with restrictions. In order to apply for school, immigrants must have graduated from a US high school, they must pay out of state tuition which will cover all tax payer costs, and they will be last in line to register for classes; not displacing any US citizens.

Officials at Cape Fear Community College say given the school’s popularity, they don’t foresee the new regulations having much of an effect.

“In the case of Cape Fear Community College, at the end of fall registration we were about ninety percent full. There weren’t that many classes to choose from, so as far as Cape Fear Community College goes, I see this having very little effect,” said David Hardin.

The ruling has left CFCC students with mixed feelings:

“I don’t think they should be going to any schools here if they are illegal; whether its high school, elementary, whatever,” said Robert Cerasuolo.

Rene Plowden said, “I don’t feel like its necessarily a bad idea, but I think its kind of contradictory to US law to tell immigrants that they actually shouldn’t be here, but them promote them attending school here.”

Chris Boone added. “I mean, if they go through the process of becoming a citizen, then that’s all good. But they need to do that before they should be allowed to go to school in this country.”

Students say even if they do not agree with the policy itself they would not have any problem sharing the classroom with undocumented immigrants in the future.

Even though there was only one dissenting vote, State House Republican leaders say that in adopting this policy the board ignored and defied the people of NC and Governor Perdue.

Their polling has consistently indicated a large majority in this state reject extending educational benefits to undocumented aliens.

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videoIt is a hot topic that has received much attention in recent years, but a ruling Friday morning by the State Board of Community Colleges will make way for undocumented immigrants to attend school beginning this April.

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Three detained, questioned about shots fired in Wilmington

Friday, September 18th, 2009

Wilmington | Three individuals were detained for questioning Friday by the Wilmington Police Department after shots were fired at a residence in the 200 block of Clay Street, off Market Street.

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Clock ticking on tax benefits

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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The clock is ticking if you want to take advantage of the tax benefits in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

If you don’t act soon, you could be leaving thousands of dollars on the table.

IRS Communications Director Terry Lemmons talked about what is available with Marcy and Kevin Friday on Good Morning Carolina.

Watch Terry Lemmons’ tax advice.

 
 
 

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videoThe clock is ticking if you want to take advantage of the tax benefits in the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

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New Hanover County consolidating to save money

Friday, September 18th, 2009

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New Hanover County government is making some administrative changes.

County Manager Bruce Shell announced the County Parks and Rec. Department, Airlie Gardens and the Senior Resource Center will consolidate.

Shell said the move will streamline the departments and help save the county money and resources in the long run. He could not specify how much the move would save.

Shell also said that no one lost their job in the streamlining process.

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New Hanover County government is making some administrative changes.

County Manager Bruce Shell announced the County Parks and Rec. Department, Airlie Gardens and the Senior Resource Center will consolidate.

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Cat saved after fire at Wilmington apartment

Friday, September 18th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

No people were injured in the apartment fire at Antiqua Apartments, near Carolina Beach Road and Independence Boulevard.

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