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Archive for May, 2012

Coast Guard rescues 4 from sinking boat off coast

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

Four people were rescued Wednesday afternoon

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Community Action Inc. losing Head Start funding; future of program uncertain

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

The agency can appeal within 30 days

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Prosecutors give closing argument in Edwards trial

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — Prosecutors are saying in closing arguments in the John Edwards campaign corruption trial that he was part of a politically ambitious scheme to take money from wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress.

Prosecutors took 90 minutes to present their arguments. The defense will get two hours, and prosecutors will get another 30 minutes.

The jury is expected to begin deliberations Friday.

Edwards is charged with six counts stemming from nearly $1 million secretly provided by two wealthy donors during the 2008 Democratic presidential primaries.

Edwards’ attorneys say the government has failed to present any direct evidence that he intended to break campaign finance laws.

He faces up to 30 years in prison and $1.5 million in fines if convicted of all charges.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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New Hanover Community Action loses Head Start designation

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Problems at New Hanover County Community Action have cost the organization its role as a Head Start provider.

The US Department of Health and Human Services sent NHCCA a letter terminating the group’s designation as a Head Start grantee. The letter says the “decision is based on the fact (the) Head Start program failed to timely correct the findings determined to constitute deficiencies from the Office of Head Start (OHS) Monitoring Review conducted in February 2012.”

CLICK HERE TO READ THE FULL LETTER OF TERMINATION AND OVERVIEW OF FINDINGS

According to the letter, the problems go back to an on-site review of NHCCA in Deember 2009. The organization learned of the problems in a letter the following April. When OHS returned in February 2011, it found NHCCA had “not corrected all previously identified areas of noncompliance and that it was being designated ‘A Grantee with Deficiencies.'”

OHS cited NHCCA for four deficiencies. A follow-up review this past February showed three of the four had still not been corrected, including:

-Standards for Financial Management Systems: OHS determined that NHCCA did not ensure its financial management systems provided for accurate disclosure of the financial results of the Head Start program in accordance with the reporting requirements of the regulation.
-Determining Community Strengths and Needs: OHS determined that NHCCA did not collect and analyze all required elements in its Community Assessment.
-Allotment of Funds; Limitations on Assistance: OHS determined that NHCCA did not ensure 10 percent of its actual enrollment was children with disabilities.

New Hanover County Community Action now has 30 days to appeal.

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Woman jailed in Pender gas station robbery

Thursday, May 17th, 2012

A Maple Hill woman was arrested in Pender County on Wednesday morning, shortly after she allegedly robbed a gas station with a file.

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