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Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Fox Wilmington is hosting a career workshop and job fair today at the Coastline Convention Center on Nutt Street.

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Carteret County to sue if loggerhead designation stands

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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BEAUFORT, NC (AP) — The Carteret County commissioners have authorized a lawsuit if a US Fish and Wildlife Service proposal designating crucial loggerhead habitat on Bouge Banks is approved.

The federal agency has proposed designating almost 750 miles of beaches from North Carolina to Mississippi as critical habitat for the endangered sea turtles.

The Daily News of Jacksonville reports commissioners approved a notice of intent to sue after a presentation that nesting density data does not support designating critical habitat for any of the 96 miles of North Carolina beaches in the proposal.

Opponents of the designation have said they are in favor of protecting the turtles but the designations could hurt the ability of communities to rebuild their beaches because renourishment could not be done during turtle nesting season.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

8/21/2013 10:03:19 AM (GMT -4:00)

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ACT exam scores fall as all NC students take test

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina parents and educators are getting a clearer picture of how prepared high school students are for college-level work, and the answer is that students on average are below their peers nationwide.

The company behind the ACT college admission test said Wednesday that the average score fell on the exam taken in spring 2012, the first time North Carolina required all high school juniors to take it.

The statewide average of 18.7 points in the test of English, math, reading, and science knowledge was below the national average of 20.9. North Carolina’s average composite score fell from 21.9 points last year, when just one in five North Carolina students chose to take the ACT.

North Carolina is one of just nine states that tests all high school juniors.

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Senior citizens won’t lose resource center after voicing opinions

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

Senior citizens in Brunswick County put up a fight recently, and as a result, they won't lose their community resource center.

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McCrory signs health care, NC employee bill

Wednesday, August 21st, 2013

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Gov. Pat McCrory says a new law will help North Carolina consumers make better health care decisions and help his administration run state government more effectively.

McCrory said he signed into law Wednesday a bill that had been sitting on his desk since lawmakers adjourned late last month. He still must act on 34 bills by Sunday night or they’ll become law without his signature.

The measure requires hospitals to make public their prices on 140 common services and procedures, which will be posted online. Hospitals also would be unable in some situations to place a lien on someone’s house to collect unpaid bills.

The law also seeks to reduce the grievance process for state employees and exempts another 500 positions from the State Personnel Act and its job-protecting rules.

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

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