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Archive for December, 2011

Federal agents surround house in Castle Hayne

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Federal agents have a man in custody after surrounding a house in Castle Hayne, according to a neighbor. A spokesman for the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office says deputies are assisting the US Marshal Service, but he could provide no other details.

A neighbor says agents arrived at the home on McDougald Drive around 10:30 a.m. She says it appears there was a standoff for a while, until a man who lives in the home came out around 12:30 p.m. She says agents had him in handcuffs.

Just before 1 p.m., agents reopened the road to traffic.

We have a crew on scene and will have more information as it becomes available.

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Head Start must now compete for fed funds

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

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RAW VIDEO: Brunswick commissioners argue; Warren kicked out

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

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A week after controversy erupted at the Brunswick County DSS Board meeting, Brunswick County Commissioners took up the issue at their meeting last night. In the end, Warren, who threw a DSS Board member and reporter out of the DSS meeting, was ejected from the commission meeting.

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FIRST ON 3: Showdown at the DSS corral

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — It’ll be interesting to see what happens this morning at the normally uneventful New Hanover County DSS Board meeting.

A day after being officially dropped from the board by four New Hanover County Commissioners, Commissioner Brian Berger said he would show up anyway and take his seat at the table.

Vice Chairman Jonathan Barfield was put on the board in Berger’s place. He said at Monday’s commissioners meeting that he was going to the meeting and taking a sheriff’s deputy with him in case things got out of control.

We have a crew at the meeting and will keep you updated here online and via Twitter.

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NC jobless rate dips to 10 percent in 6-month low

Tuesday, December 20th, 2011

By TOM BREEN
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s unemployment rate has dipped to 10 percent, the lowest since June, as the private sector added roughly 4,600 jobs.

The state Employment Security Commission said Tuesday the jobless rate last month declined from 10.4 percent in October, but still remains higher than the 8.6 percent national average.

Deputy Commerce Secretary Dale Carroll says it’s a significant drop, but the state still needs to focus on creating jobs.

While the private sector gained jobs, the public sector lost about 800 jobs, leaving a net gain of around 3,800 jobs in November.

North Carolina has more than 451,000 people listed as unemployed statewide and more than 4 million at work.

The unemployment rate a year ago was slightly lower, standing at 9.8 percent.

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

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