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Archive for December, 2012

NC unemployment rate drops slightly in November

Friday, December 21st, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s unemployment rate dropped slightly in November from a month earlier as the state gained nearly 35,000 new jobs.

The state Commerce Department released figures Friday showing that the rate dropped to 9.1 percent from 9.3 percent in October.

The figures show a significant improvement from the same time one year ago, when unemployment was 10.4 percent.

The state still trails the national rate, which was 7.7 percent in November.

The largest monthly increase came in the trade, transportation and utilities sector, which gained 7,300 jobs. , Professional and business services added 5,400 jobs, and education and health services had 4,900 more workers.

Since February 2010, when the state’s unemployment rate reached its highest mark of 11.4 percent, North Carolina has gained about 145,000 jobs.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NRA calls for armed police officer in every school

Friday, December 21st, 2012

PHILIP ELLIOTT
Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The nation’s largest gun-rights lobby is calling for armed police officers to be posted in every American school to stop the next killer “waiting in the wings.”

The National Rifle Association broke its silence Friday on last week’s shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school that left 26 children and staff dead.

The group’s top lobbyist, Wayne LaPierre, said at a Washington news conference that, “The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.”

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Teen health group wins federal grant

Friday, December 21st, 2012

The alliance was one of five N.C. school-based health center groups to receive a portion of more than $1.7 million in grant funding.

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Man busted for throwing drugs

Friday, December 21st, 2012

A man was charged Thursday with conspiracy to sell drugs after he was seen throwing a pack of 25 morphine pills under a car.

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Mobile soup kitchen fills a growing need

Friday, December 21st, 2012

Donations at local food banks also rising to meet the need.

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