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Archive for January, 2012

Man shot in arm Tuesday afternoon on Red Cross Street

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

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Atkinson running again for NC schools chief

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — State schools Superintendent June Atkinson says she’s running for another four years as chief administrator of North Carolina’s public schools.

Atkinson announced Wednesday her decision to seek a third term as superintendent of public instruction. The decision comes as two fellow Democrats in the Legislature have talked about running. Atkinson said in an interview she doesn’t know whether Reps. Tricia Cotham or Rick Glazier will run against her anyway in a primary.

Atkinson says the state’s high school graduation rate has increased during her tenure. She says public schools are in a remodeling initiative of sorts and she doesn’t want to leave in the middle.

Atkinson successfully sued in court in 2009 to prevent the State Board of Education from shifting her administrative powers to the board’s chairman.

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

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Record year for films in NC

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

CHARLOTTE (WINSTON-SALEM JOURNAL) — Thanks to new but controversial tax breaks, 2011 was a marquee year for North Carolina’s film industry, which landed big-name projects “Iron Man 3,””Homeland” and “Hunger Games.”

Bringing red-carpet stars Robert Downey Jr., Claire Danes and Jennifer Lawrence, studios chasing tax incentives increased their spending in North Carolina nearly threefold — from $75 million in 2010 to $220 million in 2011.

It was a record year, and 2012 should be even better — the N.C. Film Office is projecting the industry will spend at least $275 million.

A year ago, state law changed so moviemakers could get a refund on 25 percent of salaries and money they spent on taxable items in North Carolina, worth up to $20 million per project. It made the state among the most competitive in the nation in tax breaks for the industry.

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Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

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Home builder confidence climbs in January

Wednesday, January 18th, 2012

Builder confidence for single-family homes climbed for a fourth consecutive month.

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