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Archive for September, 2011

UNC system loses 3,000 workers after budget

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The University of North Carolina system says it has cut more than 3,000 jobs because of spending reductions required by the General Assembly in this year’s budget.

The university system said in a report Thursday that schools and other programs reported eliminating 488 filled full-time positions and 2,544 part-time or temporary workers. The Associated Press obtained the report in advance of a UNC Board of Governors committee meeting on the budget later in the day.

The Republican-penned budget required the university system to find $414 million in spending reductions – equivalent to an across-the-board reduction of 15.6 percent. It was part of a legislative plan to close a $2.6 billion shortfall.

Nearly 2,000 of the part-time positions eliminated were labeled as faculty positions, such as lecturers and adjunct faculty.

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

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Retail Details – Say goodbye to summer with great sales

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Many local boutiques are offering budget-friendly bargains on their possibly picked over summer selections.

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Where were YOU September 11, 2001?

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Do you have a unique story about where you were on September 11, 2001? If so we want to know!

Tell us where you were then and what you think now 10 years later. We may share your story on air.

Tell us your story by sending an e-mail to newsroom@wwaytv3.com.

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Lee spawns tornado in Robeson County; Katia, Maria, & Nate continue

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)- What was once Tropical Storm Lee had a major impact on one local community Tuesday evening. National Weather Service storm survey crews confirmed an EF0 (85 mph winds) tornado touched damage near Rennert in Robeson County. Several mobile homes were damaged, and a barn was destroyed. No major injuries were reported.

While Lee is now a memory, Katia will make it’s closest pass to us offshore today. For us, that will mean high surf and extremely dangerous rip currents. This threat will remain even after the storm has passed through early Saturday. 

The rest of the tropics remain extremely active. Tropical Storm Maria has formed in the central Atlantic, and could take a very similar path with Katia. It’s too close to call whether or not it will be a land threat, so we will need to watch it very closely. 

Tropical Storm Nate also formed Wednesday in the southern Gulf of Mexico. Like Lee, this system will be a slow mover and meander for several days – making it’s eventual track hard to pin down. Interestingly enough, which part of the Gulf Nate heads towards will have huge impacts on our weather, and the path of Maria.

You can always see the latest tropical updates at Hurricanes 101.

Meteorologist Tim Buckley

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Berger intends to stay despite commissioners’ calls to resign

Thursday, September 8th, 2011

Four New Hanover County commissioners called for fellow commissioner Brian Berger to resign, during a news conference Wednesday.

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