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Archive for August, 2013

NC judge OKs Charlotte gang crackdown with new law

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

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CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A Mecklenburg County judge is the first to use a North Carolina law that forbids members of a street gang from having any contact with each other.

The Charlotte Observer reports Superior Court Judge Richard Boner ordered that members of the Hidden Valley Kings could be charged with a misdemeanor crime if they ride together in a car, or stand, sit, walk or gather with other known gang members in public.

It’s the first time the gang-nuisance law that took effect in October is being used.

Police say the Charlotte gang runs a drug ring and has links to violent crime like assaults, robberies and murder.

The American Civil Liberties Union is concerned that labeling someone as a gang member depends on appearance and could lead to racial labeling.

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Goolsby: Local government, not state, to blame for low education spending

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — As local education administrators call for state lawmakers to increase spending in schools, Sen. Thom Goolsby says the group he affectionately calls “educrats” needs to do its homework.

But educators say it’s the senator who needs to check his facts.

Southeastern North Carolina’s biggest school system will start the 2013 school year without a few of its top teachers, including last year’s Teacher of the Year, who left the education field due to what they called lack of competitive pay.

“When you lose a young teacher of that caliber, it has a tremendous impact,” New Hanover County Schools Superintendent Tim Markley said. “When they tell their story about having to leave because their pay wasn’t enough to help them support their family, that’s a message to other young folks entering the profession.”

Sen. Goolsby (R-9th District) recently took issue with claims like that, pointing out that the average teacher in North Carolina makes close to $46,000 a year with benefits pushing that total closer to $60,000.

“North Carolina, as far as state government goes, is No. 11 In the country as far as funding,” Goolsby said. “Where North Carolina falls down is on local funding for education, but you never hear that from the ‘educrats’ and the (North Carolina Association of Educators).”

Goolsby says that if people are concerned, it is their local government that needs to step up.

“That’s the way other states do it that spend more,” Goolsby said. That’s the way north carolina can do it if the people want it, if the city councils and county commissions are willing to do it.”

But Dr. Markley says that’s simply not possible.

“The Constitution of North Carolina is pretty clear that the foundation for a sound basic education rests with the state,” he said.

Teachers in North Carolina received a 1.2-percent pay increase last year. It was their first pay increase in more than five years.

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Felon faces drug, weapon charges

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

A 47-year-old Wilmington man was charged Friday with possessing heroin

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High School Football Schedule Changes

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

High School Football Schedule Changes

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Munley speaks out on verdict in Fort Hood rampage trial

Friday, August 23rd, 2013

Carolina Beach native Kim Munley released a statement about the Fort Hood shooting rampage trial after Maj. Nidal Hasan was found guilty in court. Munley was one of the victims, working as a civilian police officer when the attacked happened.

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