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Archive for October, 2011

Senator: NC layoffs in classroom will decrease

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A key Republican budget-writer is predicting the number of job losses in North Carolina public school classrooms actually will be much less than the 1,800 reported to state educators as school began in August.

Sen. Jerry Tillman of Randolph County made the comments Tuesday as an education oversight committee was about to meet. The panel wasn’t planning on discussing the layoffs, which were part of nearly 6,400 eliminated positions reported by local school districts that had to find another $124 million in spending cuts this school year.

Tillman said the state budget had enough money so school districts could preserve teacher and teaching assistant positions.

A liberal-leaning watchdog group called Progress North Carolina said Republican leaders need to acknowledge their budget expectations didn’t meet the reality in the classrooms.

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

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Frustrated Leland councilman drops bid to keep seat

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

Councilman Herbert Barnes has dropped out of the running for the Leland Town Council, Barnes said Tuesday afternoon.

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Suspect wanted for weekend murder

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Brunswick County Sheriff’s deputies are looking for a man wanted for a weekend murder in the Longwood community. Detectives have warrants for Alfred Lamont Butler, 36, for first degree murder, possession of firearm by felon and discharging a firearm into an occupied dwelling.

Investigators say Butler shot and killed Sherman Aundo Daniels, 54, at a home on Carlon Road just before noon Sunday.

Butler, who is also known as Hakeem Ahmad Muhammad or Peanut, could still be in the Longwood community or in Horry County, SC.

There’s a $500 reward for information on where Butler is. Contact the Brunswick County Sheriff’s Office at (910) 253-2777 and ask for Detectives Kyle Jones or Tony Caison if you have any information on this case.

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Christie: ‘Now is not my time’ for White House bid

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

By KASIE HUNT and BETH DeFALCO
Associated Press

TRENTON, NJ (AP) — New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he will not seek the White House in 2012 and says “now is not my time.”

Christie said Tuesday he felt an obligation to reconsider his repeated statements he would not make a White House run. Party leaders in recent weeks have lobbied him to re-evaluate that position and he spent the weekend considering a late entry into the field.

He says he wants to remain governor of New Jersey – but isn’t ruling out a future White House run.

If he had run, he would have faced a challenge to quickly assemble a campaign just three months before voting begins.

The blunt governor also told his constituents: “whether you like it or not, you’re stuck with me.”

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

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Civil War license plate approved for NC

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (NCDCR) -– A license plate commemorating the 150th anniversary of the Civil War has been designed.

“The ‘Freedom, Sacrifice, Memory’ theme of the North Carolina Civil War Sesquicentennial observance soon will grace vehicle license plates,” explains North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources Secretary Linda Carlisle.

Funds from the sale of the plate will be directed to the NC Department of Cultural Resources’ Division of State Historic Sites and Properties to benefit Civil War commemorative activities and battlefield preservation, acquisition and interpretation. The plate will be marketed through 2015, the commemorative period, and will cost $30 per year.

A completed application and check made payable to the NC Department of Cultural Resources should be mailed by Dec. 1 to Bridget Jordan, NC Historic Sites, 4620 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4620. When 300 plates have been ordered, the plate will be fabricated by the N.C. Department of Corrections. For application details see www.nccivilwar150.com, soon to be www.nccivilwar150.gov.

The Division of State Historic Sites includes 24 state historic sites and commissions all across North Carolina that tell the story of North Carolina’s past through living history programs, recreating period settings, and offering you-are-there experiences. To learn more visit http://www.nchistoricsites.org.

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