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Archive for December, 2011

One year after snow, weather much different

Monday, December 26th, 2011

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With another Christmas come and gone, the snow has stayed away from Wilmington and much of the east coast, but it hasn’t always been that way. All you have to do is look back one year right here in our area.

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Change in GI Bill affects NC veterans in school

Monday, December 26th, 2011

FAYETTEVILLE, NC (AP) — A recent change in federal law could mean huge tuition bills for hundreds of military veterans in North Carolina looking to attend college.

The Fayetteville Observer reports that since August, the G.I. Bill no longer pays out-of-state tuition rates at public colleges and universities.

For about 420 veterans who haven’t been in North Carolina long enough to establish residency, that could mean thousands of dollars in costs. And many veterans have been stationed in North Carolina too long to qualify for resident status in their home states.

The only option in many cases is to wait a year for resident status.

Mark Waple, a lawyer representing the Student Veterans Advocacy Group of North Carolina, says the organization is lobbying state and federal lawmakers for changes to the program.

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

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NC Christmas tree fire displaces 2 from home

Monday, December 26th, 2011

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Two Greensboro residents are spending the holiday with the Red Cross after a burning Christmas tree forced them from their home.

Firefighters responding the Saturday night emergency call saw fire and smoke pouring from the front of the home.

Investigators believe the Christmas tree was placed too close to the fireplace, which sparked the blaze.

Authorities have not released the names of the two people who live at the house. Neither one was injured.

The Red Cross provided clothes, food and shelter to the residents.

After the blaze was extinguished, firefighters tried to retrieve Christmas presents and other personal items for the residents.

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

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Complaints bring halt to NC group’s turkey shoots

Monday, December 26th, 2011

COINJOCK, NC (AP) — The North Carolina American Legion is looking into a Currituck County chapter’s regular turkey shoots after complaints by neighbors brought the fundraising activity to a halt.

The Daily Advance of Elizabeth City reports that the legion’s Coinjock post has stopped the 30-year tradition. Its commander, John Jasinski, was cited by the Currituck County Sheriff’s Office for unlawful discharge of a firearm this month.

The sheriff’s office says neighbors complained about the noise from a turkey shoot held by a motorcycle club on the post’s property earlier this month.

The Coinjock post normally holds turkey shoots every Saturday from October to April. But the motorcycle club shoot was on Sunday, which helped prompt the complaints.

Jasinski says he believes the event is exempt from the regulation banning Sunday shoots.

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

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Professor appeals ruling on lawsuit over NCSU job

Monday, December 26th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A professor who says her remarks about a Palestinian film cost her a job at North Carolina State University wants the state Supreme Court to review her case.

Lawyers for Terri Ginsberg filed an appeal this month of a ruling by the state Court of Appeals, which dismissed her lawsuit.

Ginsberg says her remarks in support of a Palestinian filmmaker at a public screening of his movie left her frozen out of consideration for a tenure-track job.

The appeals court ruled in November that Ginsberg failed to prove her remarks had anything to do with the university giving another candidate the job.

Ginsberg’s appeal argues that the court’s decision could harm free speech in academic settings.

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

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