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McCrory checks in on group revamping NC education

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s public school, community college and university systems are working on a broad improvement plan.

Gov. Pat McCrory met Wednesday with state education leaders working to streamline the state’s education system and encourage cooperation among the people responsible for the biggest chunk of the state’s $21 billion budget.

The group discussed communicating the state’s education efforts and making it more efficient. Talk touched several times on how to recruit, retain and pay kindergarten teachers to college professors.

North Carolina’s public school teachers are among the lowest-paid in the country and did not receive raises this year.

University of North Carolina System President Tom Ross said educators train the workforce that drives North Carolina’s economic future. He says other states are luring away UNC professors with better offers.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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MISSING: Brunswick Co Sheriff’s Detectives searching for teen

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

Brunswick County Sheriff's Detectives are currently searching for missing teen. Kaleb Holley was last seen walking down Chadwick Landing around 8:30 p.m. Wednesday night. Anyone with information about Kaleb Holley should call Detective Holly Locklear at 910-880-4950

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“Invisible Man” banned from Randolph schools

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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RAMSEUR, N.C. (AP) – The Randolph County School Board has voted to take Ralph Ellison’s “Invisible Man” from its library shelves after a parent complained about the book’s content.

The Asheboro Courier-Tribune reports (http://bit.ly/1dpXuZz ) the board voted 5-2 at its meeting this week to remove all copies of the book from library shelves.

Board members took the action in response to a letter from the mother of a Randleman High School junior who said the book was “too much for teenagers.” The woman also objected to the language in the book and its sexual content.

The book is on a list of suggested supplemental works for high school students compiled by the N.C. Department of Public Instruction.

“Invisible Man” is a first-person narrative by a black man who considers himself socially invisible.

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Information from: The Courier-Tribune, http://www.courier-tribune.com

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

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Panel scrutinizes NC lottery subscription service

Thursday, September 19th, 2013

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina Education Lottery leaders are defending a new program that will let players purchase tickets for three jackpot games by subscription through its website after a retailers’ group warned it could hurt store sales and tax revenues.

Lottery Executive Director Alice Garland addressed Wednesday the legislature’s Lottery Oversight Committee to talk about the initiative beginning in November. People at North Carolina computer terminals will be able to purchase a minimum of two weeks’ worth of tickets through the program.

Elizabeth Dalton Robinson with the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association says the program can’t help but decrease sales of tickets and other items for brick-and-mortar retailers.

Garland disagrees, saying the program will focus on a certain kind of customer. Subscribers won’t be able to spend more than $70 per week.

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

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Wilmington food pantry moving

Wednesday, September 18th, 2013

Officials with a local food pantry say a glitch in the state's food stamp system means they're busier than ever.

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