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Archive for September, 2011

Perdue takes aim at childhood hunger in NC

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

DURHAM, NC (AP) — Gov. Beverly Perdue is taking aim at
childhood hunger in North Carolina by promoting a public-private
partnership geared toward increasing participation in meals

Perdue will join Share Our Strength founder Bill Shore in Durham
to announce the No Kid Hungry North Carolina program. The goal is
to increase participation in feeding programs by launching a pilot
effort in 27 schools.

Right now, less than half the 640,000 children who get a free or
reduced-price school lunch participate in the school breakfast

Greater participation in the federal school breakfast and summer
meals programs, for example, could not only feed more children but
could bring around $27 million in additional federal funds to the

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Carnival company fined after worker dies in NC

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — A Georgia company faces a $27,000 fine
for safety violations after a carnival worker was killed in North
Carolina while dismantling a Ferris wheel in May.

The News & Record of Greensboro reported Tuesday
that the North Carolina Labor Department cited Event Coordinators Inc.
of Augusta, Ga., for 12 serious violations related to the
accident in Greensboro. The company has 15 days to appeal.

Investigators said 42-year-old Michael Douglas Cook, of
Columbus, Ga., was killed in the early-morning fall at the end of a
six-day carnival.

State worker safety investigators said they found a fitting
failed on a wire cable being used to take apart the wheel. That
allowed part of the wheel to fall and hit a 40-foot-high walkway
and an elevated basket holding a second worker.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Family festival brings dream to life

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011

The Frank Harr Foundation, established in honor of a longtime resident of Southeastern North Carolina, will launch its fourth annual Family Festival from Sept. 30 through Oct. 2.

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War veteran shares her unique story with UNCW students

Monday, September 12th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Jennifer Crane is a veteran of Operation Enduring Freedom. As a victim of post-traumatic stress disorder, Crane now travels the country trying to raise awareness about what many service members are going through in their post-war lives.

Monday night she visited the Lumina Theater on the UNCW campus to share her story.

“My first day of basic training was Sept. 11th 2001,” says Crane.”It was a year and a half after the towers fell that I deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. Like most soldiers I went through that whole entire battlefield experience, I guess you could call it. Everything we’ve seen in the movies and magazines, that was a part of my everyday life. But when I came home I was very isolated and very shut off.”

Crane says she did not know how to cope with those memories. They led to drug use, homelessness and eventually jail. Although her situation is extreme, she says many veterans suffer from similar cases of mental illness.

“Some newer statistics that are out are saying that 41% of returning troops are coming home with some form of a mental illness which is most commonly post-traumatic stress disorder,” says Crane.

With over 100,000 troops coming home in the last year Crane wants to inspire students to be understanding to many of those veterans who may join them in classes this fall and in the future.

“You never know what they are going through or if they could have post-traumatic stress disorder,” says Hannah Bingham, a UNCW student. “So I think just being as grateful as you can to them is something that they would really appreciate.”

Crane says if you are a former service member dealing with a mental illness that you can go to Give an Hour, which is an organization that provides free mental health care to veterans and their family.

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Bill puts limit on House Speaker and Senate Leader terms

Monday, September 12th, 2011

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — The House speaker and Senate leader in the
North Carolina General Assembly would be limited to serving at most
eight consecutive years in their top posts in legislation approved
by the state Senate.

The Senate agreed Monday with 35 yes votes – more than the 30
required for a proposed constitutional amendment. If the House
agrees, the question would be on the statewide ballot in November

The House agreed earlier this year to limit leadership to four
years, but Republican lawmakers have reached a compromise that’s
equal to the governor’s limit of two four-year terms in office.

Senate leader Phil Berger said the change would keep any single
person from holding power for decades. Democratic Sen. Martin
Nesbitt of Asheville said the bill fixes a problem that doesn’t

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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