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Archive for December, 2011

NC boosts student tracking from cradle to college

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s effort to learn what works in public education has state officials looking to collect data on some children still in infancy through the time they graduate from college or get a job.

A $70 million Race to the Top federal grant recently awarded to North Carolina will expand academic tracking to include very young children whose families receive government help with subsidized child care or other services.

It builds on a two-year-old database tracking more than 1.5 million public school students between kindergarten and 12th grade. Their teachers are tracked as well.

State education officials last week applied for federal money to expand student tracking into their university or community college career, and when they enter the work force.

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

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Raleigh firefighter injured during blaze at home

Monday, December 26th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A Raleigh firefighter has been taken to the hospital with burn injuries after battling a blaze at a local home.

The fire department says about 35 firefighters were called to a two-story residential building in the southwestern part of the city where about 12 people live. No one was home at the time the Monday morning fire broke out.

Investigators say the firefighter suffered minor burns to the legs, and was taken to a nearby hospital. Information on the firefighter’s condition was not immediately available Monday.

About 60 percent of the building was damaged in the blaze, with one apartment completely destroyed.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire.

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

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New powerful painkiller has abuse experts worried

Monday, December 26th, 2011

Associated Press

NEW YORK (AP) — Drug companies are working to develop a pure, more powerful version of the nation’s second most-abused medicine. That has addiction experts worried that it could spur a new wave of abuse.

The new pills contain the addictive painkiller hydrocodone. They pack up to 10 times the amount of the drug as medications such as Vicodin.

If approved, it would mark the first time patients could legally buy pure hydrocodone. Existing products combine the drug with nonaddictive painkillers such as acetaminophen.

Critics say abusers might crush the pills to get high. That’s exactly what people do with oxycodone, which is the most-abused medicine in the US.

The pharmaceutical firms say the new drugs give doctors another tool to help patients manage pain. The companies also say patients will be more closely supervised.

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

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Approaching cold front cold bring severe storms

Monday, December 26th, 2011

The Wilmington area could experience some severe weather Tuesday evening as a cold front approaches the region. The front could bring heavy rain and wind, with gusts in excess of 60 mph, and possibly tornadoes.

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Electronics for Christmas? Remember you can’t just throw away old ones

Monday, December 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Did you get a new TV for Christmas? How about a computer or cell phone? If so, don’t throw away your old one. It’s been illegal since July. But you have a few options to dispose of your old electronics.

Here is a list of drop-off donations in New Hanover County:

New Hanover County Landfill
5210 Highway 421 North
Wilmington 28401
(910) 798-4450
*Only on Wednesdays, from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm
*Residents will be allowed to recycle up to four items, per week, at no cost.
*Accepted items include:
– computers (one computer consists of a monitor, CPU, keyboard, mouse, and printer)
– televisions
– cell phones (including charger)
– anything with a power cord, excluding white goods

322 South College Road
(910) 313-0636
*$10 cost per unit; computer equipment only.

Office Depot
3727 Oleander Drive 28403
(910) 392-9013
*Cost of cardboard box to ship.
*Computer equipment and TVs (depending on the size).

Best Buy
309 South College Road
(910) 790-2021
*Accept most types of electronics including computer equipment and T.V.’s smaller than 32 inches.
*$10 charge for some items; will receive a Best Buy gift card for $10.
*Also have an appliance and TV haul away program for larger items.
*Check out website for all the details: www.bestbuy.com/green

Salvation Army
820 North 2nd Street
(910) 762-6611
*Call before dropping off; pick up service available for large items.

Rescue Mission
502 Castle Street
(910) 343-0366
*Call before dropping off; pick up service available for large items.

FedEx Office
4700 Oleander Drive
(910) 793-4611
*Only accept small electronics. Call for details.

For more information about electronics recycling visit: www.1800recycling.com

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