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Archive for January, 2013

Transportation panel to vote on expanding Market Street truck ban

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

The goal is to keep the through trucks away from the downtown

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McCrory wants NC college focus on in-demand jobs

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says he’s determined to get North Carolina’s public university system focused on teaching what’s economically useful.

McCrory’s comments Tuesday on conservative pundit Bill Bennett’s national radio show come as the 17-campus University of North Carolina system develops a five-year plan with the state facing high unemployment and struggling businesses.

McCrory said he supports vocational training. He criticized what he called an “educational elite” and UNC-Chapel Hill specifically for offering courses in subjects like gender studies that don’t lead to jobs.

The Republican governor said his staff is preparing legislation that changes how higher education is funded, to include measuring how many graduates can get jobs.

UNC-Chapel Hill faculty chairwoman Jan Boxill says education is not only technical training, and employers demand students with problem-solving and communication skills.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Professor helps patients learn to eat right

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

Connie Morales doesn’t carry a badge, but she does remember when she used to lug around a cello.

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Schools locked down as police negotiate with man who fired shots

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Four schools are on lockdown as Wilmington Police negotiate with a suspect who allegedly fired shots and ran away as officers tried to serve him with a warrant this morning.

Investigators say the suspect is cornered in a shed on Barclay Hills Place. They also say he may still be armed.

WPD has brought in its mobile command unit. Neighbors report that police have fired tear gas in the area.

Rachel Freeman School of Engineering, Mosley Performance Learning Center, Snipes Elementary School and the Child Development Center are currently under lockdown.

Law enforcement says the lockdowns are a precautionary measure until the suspect is in custody and that all children are OK. All schools already had a deputy on duty, but the New Hanover County Sheriff’s Office is sending more deputies to the area at this time.

WWAY has a crew on the scene. We’ll have more information as soon as it becomes available.

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Whiteville native named acting commander of Highway Patrol

Tuesday, January 29th, 2013

A Whiteville native was named Tuesday as acting commander of the State Highway Patrol. Lt. Col. Gary Bell, of Whiteville, succeeds Col. Michael Gilchrist who is retiring Feb. 1.

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