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Archive for November, 2009

Microsoft provides training vouchers in NC

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Microsoft Corp. is giving away nearly 24,000 vouchers to North Carolina residents who want to improve their computer skills so they can improve their lot in the work force.

Gov. Beverly Perdue and the software giant announced Thursday in Charlotte the state’s portion of Microsoft’s Elevate America program. The company wants to offer technology training to 2 million Americans over the next three years.

The 23,700 vouchers will be distributed over the next 90 days. They will provide free online training for Windows and Office software or advanced technical training. A recipient also may take the Microsoft Business Certification exam free of charge.

The vouchers are being distributed through the state community college system, Department of Commerce and Employment Security Commission.

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

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Microsoft Corp. is giving away nearly 24,000 vouchers to North Carolina residents who want to improve their computer skills so they can improve their lot in the work force.

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NC doctor told patient she’s fat, faces discipline

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina doctor could lose his medical license after a patient complained he made cutting criticisms, including telling her she was fat.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the North Carolina Medical Board will decide if Dr. Earl Sunderhaus of Asheville overstepped the bounds of professional decency.

The eye doctor’s patient complained Sunderhaus poked her thigh and told her she is fat, and also scolded her as irresponsible for being unemployed and relying on taxpayers to pay for another pregnancy.

Sunderhaus admitted he told the patient that her thick thighs and diabetes could cause her to go blind.

He made his points again by writing the patient, Gov. Beverly Perdue and blasting the medical board.

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

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A North Carolina doctor could lose his medical license after a patient complained he made cutting criticisms, including telling her she was fat.

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UNCW offering H1N1 vaccine to students, faculty and staff

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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For the second time this month, UNCW is offering free H1N1 vaccines.

Last week’s vaccine clinic was open only to students. This time around, the vaccine is available to students, faculty and staff.

If that is you, you just need to bring your UNCW ID to the Burney Center between 2:00 and 6:00 Friday afternoon.

Both the nasal mist and injectable forms of the vaccine will be available.

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For the second time this month, UNCW is offering free H1N1 vaccines.

Last week’s vaccine clinic was open only to students. This time around, the vaccine is available to students, faculty and staff.

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NC judge bans talks over smaller jail than planned

Friday, November 20th, 2009

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YADKINVILLE, N.C. — A North Carolina judge has issued an order preventing a committee in Yadkin County from meeting to discuss overhauling plans for a jail to replace a closed lockup.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported Friday that Superior Court Judge John Craig ordered a committee including the county commissioners to cancel any meetings to discuss a smaller jail.
Craig says he plans to demand an explanation of why a new $8 million jail hasn’t been built almost three years after he ordered it.

University of North Carolina School of Government professor Michael Crowell says judges rarely ban officials from meeting, though they might move to prevent a board from taking action.

Yadkin County’s sheriff and others have said in recent years that the old jail is too decrepit to house inmates safely.

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

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A North Carolina judge has issued an order preventing a committee in Yadkin County from meeting to discuss overhauling plans for a jail to replace a closed lockup.

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N.C. unemployment rate rises for first time in months

Friday, November 20th, 2009

By Wayne FaulknerWayne.Faulkner@StarNewsOnline.com

North Carolina’s unemployment rate rose in October for the first time since May, the N.C. Employment Security Commission said Friday.

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