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Archive for June, 2012

Dalton endorsed by NCAE for governor

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s leading teacher lobbying group has endorsed Democratic Lt. Gov. Walter Dalton to be the state’s next governor.

Dalton spoke at Wednesday’s announcement by the North Carolina Association of Educators at the group’s Raleigh headquarters.

NCAE President Sheri Strickland said Dalton has made the defense of public education the centerpiece of his campaign and is fighting attempts by Republican legislators to damage the public schools.

Dalton said the state needs to invest in education, not abandon it as he claims the GOP is trying to do.

Wednesday’s announcement by the NCAE isn’t surprising. Leaders of the 60,000-member association say they can’t remember failing to endorse a Democrat for governor. An NCAE spokesman said Republican Pat McCrory was asked but didn’t sit down for an endorsement interview.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Resurfacing will squeeze Snow’s Cut Bridge traffic

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Limits on lane closures seek to ease backups for commuters, tourists

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10,000 germ species live in and on healthy people

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

AP Medical Writer

WASHINGTON (AP) — They live on your skin, up your nose, in your gut. If you collected all the bacteria and other microbes you have, they could weigh, amazingly, a few pounds.

Now scientists have mapped which critters normally live in or on us and where. They’ve calculated that healthy people share their bodies with more than 10,000 species of microbes.

Don’t say “eeew” yet. Many of these organisms work to keep humans healthy. Results reported Wednesday from the government’s Human Microbiome Project define what’s normal in this mysterious netherworld.

Next they’ll explore what doctors really want to know: Why do bad bugs harm some people and not others?

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Second rabies case confirmed in Oak Island

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

OAK ISLAND, NC (WWAY) — The State Lab confirms the second case of rabies this year at Oak Island. The Brunswick County Health Department says a fox sent to the lab Monday tested positive for the disease.

The raccoon, which had been handled by several people, died, so it was tested as a precaution. It was one of five animals Animal Services sent to the lab for testing, including a raccoon from Oak Island and three bats from Shallotte. All four of the other animals tested negative for rabies.

The bats fell out of a chimney when the home owners opened the vent. One bat was dead, one died shortly after it fell out, and the third was a baby. The home owners handled the baby bat, trying to feed it milk on their fingers.

The fox attacked a dog on Oak Island. The dog’s owner pushed the fox away from the dog and killed the fox. The owner was not bitten or touched by the fox, so there was no need to treat him for possible rabies exposure. The dog was current on its rabies vaccination so it only needed a booster shot.

“I warn all citizens in (Oak Island) to assume any wild animals, including cats, may be infected with rabies and avoid any contact,” Health Director David Stanley said.

The first rabies case at Oak Island was reported April 29.

All mammals, including people, can become infected with rabies but the four most common animals that carry rabies are foxes, raccoons, bats and skunks.

Rabies is caused by a virus that lives in the saliva of a rabid animal. Rabies is usually transmitted through an animal bite but it is also possible to be exposed to it if the animal’s saliva gets into a cut on your skin or in your eyes, nose, or mouth. You can not tell for sure if an animal has rabies just by looking. You should never try to touch or feed wild animals or stray cats and dogs.

“We encourage people, especially pet owners, to contact authorities of animals acting suspiciously,” Stanley said. “Also make sure all your pets are current on vaccinations.”

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Jacksonville High teacher arrested for sex with student; relationship may date to 2007

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

JACKSONVILLE, NC (WWAY) — A Jacksonville High School teacher has been arrested and accused of having sex with a student. The arrest happened around 9:30 a.m. at the school.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says Christopher D. Howard, 33, who is the band teacher at the school, is charged with three counts of sexual activity with a student by a teacher and four counts of indecent liberties with a student

The Sheriff’s Office say its investigation began on the afternoon of May 23 when a deputy found Howard and the student together in a parked vehicle in Burton Park. A detective’s investigation found the relationship with the student, who is now 17, may have started back in 2007 after a band concert.

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