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Archive for August, 2013

WECT Athlete of the Week

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

Hoggard Junior running back Keevin Thompson is this week's WECT Athlete of the Week.

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HS Football Week 2 Schedule

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

HS Football Week 2 Schedule

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NC rural development center discusses its future

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Leaders of the N.C. Rural Economic Development Center are discussing the agency’s future following a critical review of its operations.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reports (http://bit.ly/191eXoR) those leaders said they intend to focus on small business needs in a diminished form as they deal with a loss in its ability to handle millions in state funding.

Under a plan discussed Wednesday, the center would no longer make grants. It would oversee several smaller loan programs focusing on small businesses.

A report from State Auditor Beth Wood found grant reporting requirements weren’t carried out, job creation measures for grant recipients failed to be verified and pay of then-President Billy Ray Hall was unreasonable.

Hall retired and center chairwoman Valeria Lee resigned.

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Information from: The News & Observer, http://www.newsobserver.com

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82nd Airborne paratrooper dies after SC crash

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

FORT BRAGG, N.C. (AP) – Military officials say an 82nd Airborne Division paratrooper has died from injuries received in a motorcycle accident in South Carolina.

A statement from the 82nd Airborne at Fort Bragg said 30-year-old Warrant Officer Anisha Phillips of New York was a chemical, biological, nuclear and radiological technician.

Phillips was killed in an accident in Florence, S.C., last Saturday.

The statement said Phillips served two combat tours in Iraq and tour in Afghanistan.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Raleigh council gets earful about feeding homeless

Thursday, August 29th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Members for the Raleigh City Council are getting an earful from residents upset that police officers threatened to arrest groups feeding the homeless sleeping in a downtown park.

About 250 people packed a City Hall meeting room Wednesday for a meeting of the council’s Law and Public Safety Committee.

Dozens took turns speaking out against an incident last weekend where city police officers threatened with arrest members of a Christian ministry that has for years provided breakfast to those in Moore Square park with nothing to eat. Many urged the city to spend more to help the homeless.

Raleigh Police Chief Cassandra Deck-Brown said that her officers were simply attempting to enforce ordinances that have been on the books for years requiring a permit to distribute food on city property.

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