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Archive for March, 2012

McCrory unveils NC public education platform

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Pat McCrory’s roadmap for public school improvements if he’s elected North Carolina governor includes familiar stops from his 2008 campaign and builds on current initiatives.

The presumptive Republican gubernatorial candidate unveiled his platform Wednesday for K-12 education at a campus of Wake Technical Community College.

McCrory promoted his longstanding emphasis on vocational education and said he would push for two types of high school diplomas – one that certifies a student is college ready and another that certifies a student is ready for an outside career.

The former Charlotte mayor also said he wants to reward the best teachers with higher pay and expand the state’s online education system. He says he’s glad the charter school limit has been lifted but worries about a slow approval process for new schools.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Officials mulling over new funding for utility improvement projects

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

The plan is separate from a proposed $22 million capital improvement plan.

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Man killed in Wilmington apartment fire

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man confined to a wheelchair is dead after a morning fire at a Wilmington apartment complex. Fire investigators say Billy Lunesford, 56, died.

Relatives say Lunesford was wheelchair-bound after he was shot in the back of the head in the early 1990s.

The fire started around 10:30 a.m. at Glover Plaza on Little John Court. The complex belongs to the Wilmington Housing Authority. According to the WHA website, Glover Plaza is a development for the elderly and disabled

The fire damaged four other units in the building.

During their search of the building, firefighters found the resident of another unit sleeping. Firefighters helped that person from the building. They also rescued a dog from one of the apartments.

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Smoke in library ends Topsail Middle’s day early

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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Firefighters checking out reports of reported smoke at Topsail Middle

Wednesday, March 28th, 2012

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