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Archive for November, 2013

Auditors find lapses in NC’s online public school

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina public school officials say they are doing better at tracking the performance and pay of teachers in the North Carolina Virtual Public School after a state audit found lapses.

State Auditor Beth Wood’s office released a report Monday that said investigators found enrollment shortcomings. About 50,000 students take part in online classes to keep up with course work, study subjects unavailable locally, prepare for tests or seek career planning help.

Auditors say they found too many people were able to enroll students. That is important because virtual-school teacher salaries rose if they taught more students. But auditors also say they found no evidence teachers were overpaid.

Auditors say teacher evaluations weren’t systematic enough.

State school officials say they made improvements this summer, when auditors were finishing their review.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Road to Recovery: Misty White’s Mission to run in spite of adversity

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

A marathon mom defies all odds after nearly getting killed after being slammed by a car – and it is all caught on tape.

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Closings for Thanksgiving

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

Here’s the schedule for observance of the Thanksgiving holiday.

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Fit Minute – Why physical therapy is only the beginning of your healing

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– If you’ve ever had an injury or surgery you might have gone to a physical therapist afterward. Physical therapists say it’s essential that you get help from them so you don’t hurt yourself more. But, they don’t want you to stop moving your body once you’re done with physical therapy.

She’s the general manager of the Wilmington Athletic Club. So, naturally, Sara Goodwin is passionate about fitness.

“Fitness is definitely a huge part of my life, being an athlete all my life, and I’ve been in this field for over 15 years,” Goodwin said.

Before joining the fitness field, Goodwin played many sports.

“I played volleyball and basketball and ran track all through high school and played volleyball through college. And, so just the constant pounding and side to side movements I had knee issues,” Goodwin said.

To solve those knee issues, Goodwin had to have two knee surgeries.

“I had the knee surgeries in 1991 and 1992,” Goodwin said.

After that, Goodwin went through physical therapy sessions much like the ones physical therapist Tyler Whiteside offers at the WAC.

“If you don’t fix the problem, it’s never going to go away,” Goodwin said.

So, she helped demonstrate what happens at physical therapy sessions Wednesday.

“What we initially do is have someone come in and do an evaluation covering strength and flexibility, their pain levels and functional limitations and then build a program off of that,” Whiteside said.

Even though the program can be tedious, frustrating or even painful at times, Whiteside said it does lead to progress.

“Once you show them, ‘Oh, I couldn’t walk from my front door to the mailbox last week and now I can do that no problem and I can walk to the grocery store now.’ If you show those little changes in their daily activity, they realize, OK, this is something that’s worthwhile,” Whiteside said.

It was worthwhile for Goodwin. She still stays active.

“I started taking up doing triathlons and so the running … does cause some issues. But, again, I just kind of work through it,” Goodwin said.

Working through it, Whiteside said, is what’s most important after physical therapy.

“The situation here is that we’re trying to connect the physical therapy side to the fitness side,” Whiteside said.

But, he added that connecting the two is sometimes the most difficult part. Next week in the Fit Minute, find out why physical therapists say starting an exercise regiment after physical therapy is key to helping you completely heal.


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Advocacy group calls for outside DSS investigation

Tuesday, November 26th, 2013

CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) – A child advocacy group is calling for an outside agency to investigate how a North Carolina social services agency handles cases.

The push comes nearly two weeks after an 11-year-old boy was found by a Union County sheriff’s deputy handcuffed to a porch with a dead chicken tied to his neck.

Jeff Gerber of the Justice for All Coalition said Monday the case is disturbing.

The boy’s foster mother, Wanda Larson, was a child-protection investigations supervisor with Union County Department of Social Services. She was fired last week.

The state Division of Social Services has agreed to the county’s request to review how employees handle adoptions, foster care and child protection.

But Gerber says that’s not enough. He’d like the attorney general’s office or a police agency to investigate.

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

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