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Archive for November, 2012

Auditors: End advance word for community colleges

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s top auditor says the country’s third-largest community college system should stop tipping off campus administrators weeks before a record check is coming.

A report Tuesday by State Auditor Beth Wood’s office found records at Durham Technical Community College were altered or forged ahead of a double-check into how many students were enrolled.

The head count determines how much teaching funds community colleges get. The Durham school got $17 million in instructional funds in the year that ended in June.

State auditors blamed two former Durham Tech employees for fudging the records. Durham Tech President William Ingram says the college’s senior leadership didn’t know it was happening.

State auditors say the community college system’s central office should quit giving campuses two-weeks’ notice of which courses get headcounts.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Rouzer calls for recount in Congressional race

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Republican David Rouzer has asked for a recall in his Congressional race against incumbent Mike McIntyre.

“Considering this is the closest Congressional race in the country, and in light of the irregularity previously found in Bladen County, which significantly reduced the vote margin at that time, I have decided to request a mandatory recount of the votes cast in the 7th Congressional District as allowed by law,” Rouzer said in a statement. “In a race this close, accidental human error could easily change the outcome. It is important to ensure that every legal vote cast is properly and accurately counted.”

Rouzer did not give specifics of the Bladen County “irregularity.”

Results from the North Carolina Board of Elections show McIntyre won a ninth term in Congress by 655 votes over Rouzer, a state senator from Johnston County.

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North Carolina is one of the nation’s leading producers of turkeys

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

When it comes to turkey production, North Carolina ranks second in the nation, behind Minnesota, with over 40 million birds grown, but still enough to feed about ten percent of the country. Scott Prestage says the turkey business has been all right this year in North Carolina.

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Rouzer calls for recount in House race against McIntyre

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

McIntyre claimed victory Friday after the official canvass put him 655 votes ahead of Rouzer.

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Elmo actor Kevin Clash resigns amid sex allegation

Tuesday, November 20th, 2012

NEW YORK (AP) — Sesame Workshop says Elmo puppeteer Kevin Clash has resigned from “Sesame Street” in the wake of allegations that he had sex with an under-aged youth.

Last week a man accused Clash of having sex with him when he was a teenage boy, a charge Clash denied. A day later, the man recanted his charge. A lawsuit by a second accuser was filed Tuesday, according to attorney Cecil Singleton.

Sesame Workshop called the controversy surrounding Clash’s personal life “a distraction that none of us want” and led to his decision to leave the show.

Clash created the voice and persona for Elmo, who has become one of “Sesame Street’s” most popular characters.

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

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