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Archive for August, 2013

Zimmer Cancer Center gets grant, allowing more clinical trials

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

New Hanover Regional Medical Center's Zimmer Cancer Center and Coastal Carolina Radiation Oncology have been awarded a $1.58 million grant over the next three years from the National Cancer Institute at the National Institutes of Health.

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Tech glitch fixed for Charlotte schools

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — School officials say a new computer system seems to be working.

The Charlotte Observer reported that officials say there has been no crash of the PowerSchool system that is used to set student schedules, record attendance and handle other information.

Officials in the largest school districts, Wake County and Charlotte-Mecklenburg, say there were slowdowns with the system Monday but the situation improved Tuesday.

Philip Price with the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction said Tuesday there have been no problems that disrupted the opening of schools across the state this week.

About 1.5 million students returned to school on Monday.

Price says the demands on the system will increase this week.

The state switched this year to the new system that also handles bus routes, grades and employee information.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Brunswick County School employees to get $1,000 bonus

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

The Brunswick County Board of Education approved the 2013-2014 budget Tuesday. The approved budget gives all full-time employees a $1,000 bonus. It also gives part-time employees a pro-rated amount.

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NC protesters rally to keep pressure on lawmakers

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina civil rights activists are using the 50th anniversary of the March on Washington to keep pressure upon state legislators to repeal policies they argue hurt minority groups and the poor and to promote equality.

The state chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People scheduled “Take the Dream Home” rallies late Wednesday afternoon in each of the state’s 13 congressional districts.

The NAACP says the rallies keep with the call of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. in his “I Have a Dream” speech at the 1963 event to go home and organize. President Barack Obama plans to speak at an anniversary event Wednesday in Washington.

The North Carolina rallies continue protest events held since this spring. Those events led to hundreds of arrests.

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

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UPDATE: Rocky Point man should get missing package very soon

Wednesday, August 28th, 2013

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ROCKY POINT, NC (WWAY) — An email from the Greensboro U.S. Post office says a package that’s been missing for a month should arrive on one Pender County man’s doorstep very soon.

In early July, Wes Linton mailed away for a wireless USB adaptor from a company in Ohio. More than 25 days later, Linton is still waiting.

“I have no idea if or when it will ever get here,” he said.

Tracking records show the package with the wireless device has been to Durham, Greensboro, Lake Junaluska, Asheville, Fayetteville and Raleigh. Almost everywhere except where it should be.

“It’s more like a ‘Where’s Waldo,’ because I kind of laugh every time I check on to see where it’s at today.,” Linton said.

Linton says when the package was shipped, there was a problem with the ZIP code. That is why it has yet to be delivered.

“There was an extra number in the ZIP code, so somewhere arbitrarily one number was taken out,” Linton said.

The package was taken out of service in Lake Junaluska, because it could not be delivered. The postmaster in Rocky Point called that office to request it be postmarked again with the correct information about ten days ago.

“Well, supposedly they did that, but it hasn’t gotten here yet,” Linton said.

Until it does arrive, Linton has to use wires to connect to the Internet.

“It hasn’t been a big inconvenience, but it’s not here,” he said.

Tracking records the package was in Charlotte Monday.

Carl Walton, a communications coordinator with the Greensboro District, U.S. Postal Service sent this statement:

“The package in question was reported missing and eventually identified as having the incorrect city and Zip Code, as no such address existed in the city it was addressed to, far on the other side of the state past Asheville. It was in our Return to Sender system when we were initially notified by the customer that it was not delivered when he expected it, and it took us some time to retrieve it from that system in Charlotte.

Our protocol calls for the package to be re-entered into the system and sent to the processing facility in Fayetteville, for further processing and dispatch to Rocky Point for delivery. We apologize for the inconvenience, and expect to locate the package within 24-48 hours and deliver directly to the customer.”

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