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Archive for January, 2012

UNC leader wants tuition hike less than 10 percent

Friday, January 13th, 2012

CHAPEL HILL, NC (AP) — University of North Carolina system President Tom Ross is recommending tuition and fee increases of less than 10 percent.

Ross is expected to offer the board of governors the details in the next few weeks.

He said Thursday he hopes the increases will be less than the 9 percent increase last year.

Ross says he wants to balance low tuition and high quality to maintain the system’s excellence.

The various schools in the system have proposed tuition and fee increases ranging from about four percent at UNC Pembroke to 13.5 percent at UNC-Asheville.

The increases include 11.4 percent at UNC-Chapel Hill, 10.4 percent at North Carolina State University and 8.5 percent at North Carolina Central University.

A group of students protested the increases at the UNC board meeting Thursday.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Carolina Beach Harris Teeter opening date still unknown

Friday, January 13th, 2012

Despite the company announcing plans to build in August 2010, an opening date is still far from imminent.

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New Hanover Sheriffs Office charges man with statutory rape

Friday, January 13th, 2012

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3 killed, 2 hurt in shooting at NC lumber company

Friday, January 13th, 2012

STAR, NC (AP) — Authorities say three people are dead and two injured, including the gunman, after a shooting at a lumber company in Montgomery County.

Sheriff Dempsey Owens says four people were shot early Friday in the McBride Lumber Co. just north of Star. Owens says three people were killed, and one was flown to a hospital.

He says the gunman shot himself at his home and was taken to a hospital. Authorities haven’t released the names of the victims.

Owens says the shooter left a note, but he didn’t give details of the content. He said witnesses reported the gunman was a disgruntled employee.

A person who answered the phone at the business said the company had no comment.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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FIRST ON 3: IRS hits Navassa with $35k penalty

Friday, January 13th, 2012

NAVASSA, NC (WWAY) — The IRS has issued a nearly $35,000 fine to the Town of Navassa. When reached by phone this morning, Mayor Eulis Willis said the council has not yet talked about the penalty, but it does have the town’s lawyer working on it.

In a letter dated January 2, the IRS says the $34,964.62 penalty is for “Failure to File Forms W-2.” The W-2 is the form employers give workers as a record of their wages and withholdings.

“A penalty has been charged for each Form W-2 that was not filed as required by section 6051 of the Internal Revenue Code,” the letter says. “Our records indicate that both the Social Security Administration and the Internal Revenue Service have been in contact with you to attempt to secure these Forms W-2.

“The penalty for intentional disrgard of the filing requirements is the greater of $100 per required return or 10 percent of the aggregate amount of the items required to be reported.”

The IRS letter says the town had until yesterday to submit unfiled W-2 forms to the IRS to cut down the penalty. The town also has until January 23 to let explain to the IRS what happened and ask for the penalty to be removed or reduced.

Mayor Willis said because the council has not yet had the chance to discuss it, he did not feel comfortable speaking publicly about the IRS fine. He did say the county uses a contract auditor, and that in addition to its lawyer, the town’s financial team would be looking at the problem.

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