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Archive for March, 2013

Person killed by train in Thomasville

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

THOMASVILLE, NC (AP) — One person has been killed after being struck by an Amtrak train in Thomasville.

Police were called to the tracks shortly after 7 p.m. Tuesday.

The victim has not been identified yet.

An Amtrak spokeswoman said the train was traveling 79 mph when the person was hit. Engineers applied emergency brakes but were unable to stop in time.

The Carolinian was traveling from New York City to Charlotte with 220 passengers on board.

None of the passengers or crew was hurt.

The train resumed its trip shortly before 9:30 p.m.

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NC weighs separate oversight for charter schools

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Some North Carolina lawmakers want to take oversight of taxpayer-funded charter schools away from the state school board that runs other public schools.

A state Senate committee on Wednesday considers legislation that will broadly change how charter schools operate. A new 10-member charter school board would decide the financial accountability standards the schools must follow, and how to treat charter schools that aren’t meeting expectations.

The measure would cancel the current requirement that at least half a charter school’s teachers be certified. A charter school’s directors would decide whether to check job applicants for any criminal history.

Local school boards would be required to lease any available building or land to a charter school for $1 a year, unless they can demonstrate it’s not economically or practically feasible.

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No one injured in early morning electrical fire

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Fire crews were called out to an electrical fire in the 2800 block of Morgan Street just before 1:00 Wednesday morning.

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UPDATE: Electrical short sparks attic fire while residents inside

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — An attic fire that sparked at a Wilmington home while the residents were inside was called by an electrical short.

According to David Hines with the Wilmington Fire Department, crews were able to extinguish the fire that started around 2 a.m. at 2819 Morgan Street.

The residents, who were at home at the time of the fire, called 911.

Hines says the American Red Cross is helping the family relocate. No injuries were reported.

The fire caused over $12,000 in damage to the home.

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Planting season arrives with no Farm Bill in place

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

Every year Don Rawls plants a variety of crops ranging from wheat to cotton on his Pender County farm.

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