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UNCW rated best buy… again

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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Looking for some higher education values? Look no further than right here. UNCW is among other state schools known for the best academic values in public colleges.

Kiplingers Personal Finance Magazine and the Princeton Review have released their best value public college and university results, and UNCW holds spots on both lists. It made the cut for Kiplinger’s best academic values and the Princeton Reviews top 50 best value public colleges and universities. UNCW makes its second, consecutive appearance in Princeton Review’s list for best value for your buck. The school ranks 27th on Kiplinger’s list.

Chancellor Rosemary DePaolo says UNCW is dedicated to providing a higher level of education at a low, affordable cost, and students agree.
“We are a little bit cheaper,” student Max Ashworth said. “And in class the teachers are definitely above par from what I’ve been compared with.”

DePaolo says she’s hard at work to make sure UNCW will make a third appearance in Princeton Review’s best value list.

In an effort to maintain academic values at UNCW and other state schools, UNCW System President Erskine Bowles says he is working on taking the money from tuition increases in the 2010 and 2011 school year for all 13 universities and trying to put that money back into the schools rather than putting it in the state’s general fund.

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It made the cut for Kiplinger’s best academic values and the Princeton Reviews top 50 best value public colleges and universities.

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Missing woman’s family thought it had closure it needed

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

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A Wilmington family says the bones found off River Road last month are likely their loved one, but they’re still waiting for official confirmation and don’t understand why it’s taking so long.

Priscilla Rogers went missing in mid-June, and her family launched a nationwide search for her. But when a set of female remains were found off River Road about two weeks ago, her brother Larry says detectives were almost certain they belonged to the 41 year-old.

Priscilla Rogers was last seen at her home on 9th and Queen Streets in Wilmington. Larry Rogers says she was a drug addict and would frequently go weeks without checking in, but a month after she went missing, with still no word, he knew something bad had happened. About six months later, a man walking in the woods found the set of bones.

While there’s still no official identification of the remains, Larry Rogers says a local medical examiner told him they are “99.9 percent” sure the bones are Priscilla based on a comparison of a previous CAT scan to the skull found in the woods and other physical characteristics.

“It’s been hell,” Larry Rogers said. “I’ve taken off work for a week. My sister’s taken off work, stopped her business for a week. I’ve got people coming in. I’ve got people knocking on my door all night long asking me what’s going on, when is the funeral.”

A Wilmington Police Department spokeswoman said today that there is still no confirmation of the bones’ identity from the medical examiners office in Chapel Hill. She said anything that could have been told to Larry Rogers by detectives may have been said to prepare the family for the possibility of a positive ID. Larry Rogers says he and his family just want to know if they can bury their sister or continue their search for her.

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Priscilla Rogers went missing in mid-June, and her family launched a nationwide search for her.

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Hampstead boat ramps site purchase is approved

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

By K.J. Williams Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.Com

Pender County’s thirst for a waterway site for public boat access can be quenched at last.Tuesday, the state agreed to purchase Hampstead land on the Intracoastal Waterway for that purpose.

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Wilmington Fire Department team helping at Morehead port

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

The Wilmington Fire Department’s Hazardous Materials Team deployed Tuesday afternoon to the scene of the explosive materials spill in Morehead City.

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State experts will tackle issues posed by ocean’s advance

Tuesday, January 12th, 2010

By Gareth McGrathGareth.McGrath@StarNewsOnline.com

Sea-level rise, a natural phenomenon that most scientists believe is being boosted by human activities, is a fact.But how much will the water rise, and where and when? And which parts of the North Carolina coast are the most vulnerable?

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