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Archive for July, 2012

ONLY ON 3: NC teacher pay raise not what it seems

Thursday, July 19th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The North Carolina General Assembly recently approved a pay increase for teachers, but the raise many have waited years for may appear a little too good to be true.

When you compare pay schedules from last year to this coming year it seems teachers are getting the raise they were promised, but when you look closer they aren’t getting the increase they thought.

We met up with N.C. State Superintendent June Atkinson Wednesday afternoon to hear what she had to say.

“Consequently the salary scale is off kilter,” Atkinson says.

Lets look at a teacher with a Bachelor’s degree who has worked 25 years, going on 26. With last year’s salary scale, the teacher expects an increase of $660, but with the new scale the teacher would only make an extra $550. That is a $90 difference. If the pay scale was not changed for the 2012-13 year, that teacher would be making more money.

Though it’s not what they expected, this is the first raise teachers have gotten in four years. Atkinson says it is unfortunate the increase is not more in favor of teachers.

“Some of our teachers even with the 1.2 percent salary increase will still face a slightly lower salary,” she says. “It certainly does affect morale. Again, North Carolina should celebrate its teachers and they deserve recognition both in salary and being respected in the community.”

Compared to last year’s pay scale a starting teacher’s salary is now $370 more but salaries for fifth year teachers have actually decreased by $70.

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Bill to help Lejeune Marines closer to approval

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Thousands of Camp Lejeune Marines and family members who suffered because of water contamination at the base are closer to receiving health care for their illnesses.

A bill to provide the care to Marines who lived or worked at the base from Jan. 1, 1957, to Dec. 31, 1987, edged toward U.S. Senate approval Wednesday after its supporters amended it to address the concerns of Sen. Jim DeMint, R-S.C.

DeMint had blocked the bill because of concerns about fraud. A spokesman for Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., said the bill will be amended to include language saying the care can be denied if it can be proved that the person’s illness wasn’t caused by exposure to chemicals at Camp Lejeune.

The amended bill would go to the U.S. House for approval.

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

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Family of missing teen hold vigil one year after his disappearance

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC — It was one year ago when 18-year-old Alquon Flowers went missing, but his loved ones are still hopeful there will be new leads in the case.

Dozens of his family and friends held a vigil in his honor on the Wilmington riverfront Wednesday night.

Flowers’ loved ones say they are holding onto their faith in God.

“I have peace that God will answer our prayers. I’m hoping and praying. I pray every night that we get some type of closure. He’s an on-time God and he will answer prayers when it’s time,” Flower’s great aunt, Ginger Lee said.

Flowers was last seen on Red Cross Street near downtown Wilmington on July 18, 2011.

Family members believe he was the target of gang violence. An investigation into his disappearance continues.

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Death investigation at Tesla Park Apartments in Wilmington

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The New Hanover County Sheriff’s Department is investigating a death at the Tesla Park apartment complex in Wilmington.

Sgt. J.J. Brewer with the Sheriff’s office says the call came in around 1 p.m. on Wednesday and deputies found a 25-year-old female unresponsive. It appears that the female had taken synthetic drugs.

The deputy who was first on the scene attempted CPR until EMS arrived. They were not able to revive her.

The name of the woman has not yet been released but an autopsy on her official cause of death should be completed by next week.

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Caremerica former CFO pleads guilty

Wednesday, July 18th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Michael R. Elliott former Chief Financial Officer for Caremerica Inc. based in Leland, pleaded guilty Wednesday to conspiring to defraud the Internal Revenue Service. He was indicted in November by a Grand Jury.

The Justice Department says Caremerica companies accrued more than $4.5 million in employment tax liabilities between 2003 and 2006.

Sentencing is set for the court term beginning November. 5.

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