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Archive for November, 2009

Soaking storm submerges area roads

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Pender County Schools will be on a two-hour delay Thursday because of wind and flood advisories from Ida, according to the county schools’ Web site.

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Campaign recognizes military-friendly employers

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

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(AP) – Gov. Beverly Perdue wants to promote North Carolina’s military-friendly image by helping veterans and military spouses find work.

Perdue announced Wednesday during a Veterans Day ceremony in Jacksonville an initiative called “I Hire Military.”

She wants businesses to sign a pledge to hire spouses and veterans whenever practical and put a decal on their establishments to promote their promise. Potential workers also can check a database to identify military-friendly employers.

Perdue’s office says the campaign is already running in four counties and will soon expand statewide.

The North Carolina Military Business Center and the Eastern Carolina Workforce Development Board began the initial campaign.

For more information, visit IHireMilitary.org.

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

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Gov. Beverly Perdue wants to promote North Carolina’s military-friendly image by helping veterans and military spouses find work.

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UNCW honors student veterans

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

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UNC Wilmington students gathered on campus Wednesday for a special ceremony to honor student veterans.

The uncw trumpet studio performed the national anthem, and members of the military presented the colors in honor of our American military heroes and those on campus who have served. Students also talked about the history of Veterans Day.

“This ceremony is great because it kind of shares with the University all the veterans that are on campus, and lets everybody know how big the veteran population is here on uncw,” said UNCW Veterans Club President Bryce McLaughlin.

McLaughlin says UNCW has at least 350 veterans on campus. The university earned a spot on GI Jobs magazine’s list of military friendly schools.

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Members of the military presented the colors in honor of our American military heroes and those on campus who have served.

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McIntyre votes against health care reform bill

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

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It was a close vote along party lines, but 39 Democrats crossed the aisle to vote against the health care reform bill late Saturday night including Mike McIntyre, even though he believes reform is necessary.

“There is no doubt: Republican, Democrats, Independents agree the current system is not sustainable the way health care costs are, insurance premiums are. My concern is how do we do that. And this bill was not the way to address that,” McIntyre said.

McIntyre says while the bill offered additional coverage, it did nothing to address the climbing costs of health care. “I think the bill was too heavy on the taxpayers and too light on the insurance companies, and we need to be heavy on the insurance companies and light on the taxpayers.”

McIntyre also said he did not like the requirements it put on businesses, especially in the face of a slumping economy and soaring unemployment. He said the bill did not adequately address Medicare reimbursements, which he said are key to bringing more affordable health care in rural areas.

Still, the bill is moving on to the Senate, where at least one Republican said it is dead on arrival. McIntyre agrees. “The Senate has already said that they will not have a public option in their bill, that they can’t get 60 votes in the Senate.”

Many Senate Republicans, like McIntyre and his fellow blue dog Democrats in the House, are also worried about the plan adding to the national debt.

If the Senate votes down the reforms, McIntyre says the issue will not dominate the debate in Congress as it has for months. Instead, he says it will still be a focus for members as they also move on to other important issues.

Health care reform will be at the forefront for a while longer. McIntyre says he does not expect a vote from the Senate until after Christmas.

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It was a close vote along party lines, but 39 Democrats crossed the aisle to vote against the health care reform bill late Saturday night including Mike McIntyre, even though he believes reform is necessary.

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Great white shark apparently spotted off Wrightsville Beach

Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

According to a forum posted on WBLiveSurf.com, someone reported seeing a great white shark Sunday about a mile off the coast near the Oceanic (formerly Crystal) pier in Wrightsville Beach.

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