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Archive for January, 2012

East Carolina U. defends firing newspaper adviser

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

GREENVILLE, NC (AP) — East Carolina University won’t say why it fired the student newspaper’s adviser, but is asking people to trust that it’s not related to the paper’s decision to print full-frontal photos of a streaker at a football game.

The Greenville university issued a statement from vice chancellor for student affairs Virginia Hardy saying the decision to replace newspaper adviser Paul Isom was correct, legal and unrelated to free-press issues.

Hardy’s statement says the U.S. Constitution demands that public universities allow student journalists to make their own news decisions and learn from them without interference.

First Amendment groups have criticized East Carolina for firing Isom. He says his evaluations were positive but his relationship with administrators deteriorated after the streaker photos appeared in the campus newspaper two months ago.

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

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NC residents complain of higher electric rates

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

WILSON, NC (AP) — Some residents are complaining about what they are paying for electricity from the North Carolina Eastern Municipal Power Agency.

The Wilson Daily Times reported that a number of people testified before a legislative committee Tuesday.

The newspaper reported residents in the 32 cities served by the agency are paying almost 4 cents more per kilowatt hour than the average North Carolinian.

Thomas Stith with the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise says the rates are especially difficult for those in eastern North Carolina.

The Joint Municipal Power Agency Relief committee is looking for ways to reduce customer costs.

Graham Edwards with the company that manages the agency says it has sought ways to reduce costs and lighten the burden for its electric customers, including refinancing some of its debt.

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

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Wilmington teen finds work on ‘The Finder’

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

The show stars Geoff Stultz as Walter, an affable Iraq war veteran with a knack for finding the unfindable.

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Volunteer, Corning IT specialist practices what she preaches

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Sandy Culverhas volunteered hundreds of hours to Coastal Horizon’s Rape Crisis Center and Open House Emergency Youth Center since last May.

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New Hanover News & Notes – Repair program

Wednesday, January 11th, 2012

Cape Fear Regional Community Development Corporation has been awarded $150,000 by the North Carolina Housing Finance Agency under the 2011 cycle of the Urgent Repair Program.

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