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Archive for February, 2012

UPDATE: R.C. Soles upgraded to serious condition after heart surgery

Friday, February 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Former Sen. R.C. Soles is recovering after undergoing heart bypass surgery this morning at New Hanover Regional Medical Center.

Hospital officials confirm Soles was upgraded from critical to serious condition tonight.

Soles, the longest serving member of the General Assembly in state history, left office in 2011.

For years, the former senator has been in the spotlight after allegations of sexual misconduct and assault involving several young men.

His contentious relationships with the men have led to their arrests, many court proceedings and jail time.

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McIntyre to seek reelection, not governor’s office

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Public Policy Polling showed McIntyre ranked sixth among seventh among possible Democratic candidates.

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UNCW students react to latest tuition hike

Friday, February 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Higher education has a higher price tag. The University of North Carolina Board of Governors voted today to increase tuition for the next school year by more than nine percent.

After news of about a nine-percent increase for the upcoming school year, students at UNCW say these tuition hikes are far from fair.

“I saw 9.2 percent, and I was like, ‘This is ridiculous,'” UNCW sophomore Mary Blackwelder said.

Student Sadryne Hall said, “I knew it was coming, but I didn’t know it was going to be a nine-percent increase. It was kind of like a low blow.”

“I love UNCW,” sophomore Adam Grant said, “but it’s kind of hard when they keep raising tuition on me, and I’m paying it myself.”

UNCW students say the 9.2 percent increase to tuition for the 2012-2013 school year means additional worries.

“I was trying to do the math in my head about how much nine percent is, and it just blew me away,” Blackwelder said.

Here’s how it adds up. Right now, in-state students pay more than $5,000, and out-of-state students pay more than $17,000. That means with the increase, in-state students will pay about $6,200, and out-of-state students will pay about $18,000.

Students say they think there are going to be many effects of the increase for students and universities.

“I may have to transfer back to my hometown, where I would be paying about $20,000 less each year,” Grant said.

“Community colleges are going to become a lot more popular, because they are so much cheaper,” Blackwelder said.

“I plan on paying back loans until I’m old,” student Zac Saunders said.

Melissa Heintz said, “That means a lot more peanut butter and jelly sandwiches for me.”

Students we talked with said they would participate in a protest if one was organized on campus. Students at other universities across the state have already organized demonstrations to show their opposition to the increase.

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McIntyre will run again for Congress, not governor

Friday, February 10th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Rep. Mike McIntyre wants to return to Washington instead of taking a new office in Raleigh.

In a statement today, McIntyre, a Democrat from Lumberton, announced he will not run for governor. He had said he was interested in the state’s highest office after Gov. Bev Perdue announced she would not seek re-election.

“My heart is in public service, and I love North Carolina,” McIntyre said. “I am honored to have had my name considered for governor, but there is simply not enough time between now and May 8 to construct the type of campaign that I would have liked to establish. I appreciate the many kind words and encouragement I have received. My plan is to run for re-election to Congress.”

McIntyre, part of the Blue Dog Coalition of conservative Democrats, is seeking his ninth term in Congress. Republicans Ilario Pantano and David Rouzer are competing to challenge him in November.

Candidate filing begins Monday.

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Will city, county team up for baseball stadium?

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Officials weigh implications of city tax increase

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