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Archive for January, 2014

NHC steps up school safety with trial-run security system

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Even more than a year after the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary, schools in our area are working to make parents, teachers, and students feel safe.

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Gas leak on Sunnyvale Road contained

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

A natural gas leak on Sunnyvale Road in southern New Hanover County Thursday morning was contained.

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Early Childhood NC website up and running

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina has a website to help new parents learn what assistance the government can provide to help children grow up healthy and prepared for school.

The website is called Early Childhood North Carolina. It is billed by Gov. Pat McCrory’s office as a one-stop portal for information about support and services for children from birth to age 5 and their families.

The site has information on pre-kindergarten and child-care subsidies, where to go for flu shots and how to apply for Medicaid or NC Health Choice insurance coverage. Information on services for children with disabilities also is provided.

The site’s home page also includes a video message from McCrory.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Cary wants to know how dried human poop burned

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

CARY, NC (AP) — Officials in Cary are trying to determine how five tons of dried human waste caught fire and burned.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported the city sells the dried poop as high-quality fertilizer.

The fire was discovered in a city processing site late Wednesday morning. Workers used nitrogen dioxide to try to smother the flames. But the fire smoked for about four hours.

City officials say they will be able to reprocess the burned waste.

Cary spokeswoman Carrie Roman says the fire posed no danger to the public. She also said there was no bad smell.

The city generates about 6 million tons of the fertilizer each year.

Officials still don’t know how the fire started.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Pender Co.’s Will Stewart to challenge Sen. Kay Hagan

Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

HAMPSTEAD, NC (AP) – It looks like US Sen. Kay Hagan will have at least one rival in this May’s Democratic primary in North Carolina.

First-time political candidate Will Stewart of Pender County said Wednesday he plans to run against the first-term senator. The 31-year-old Stewart runs a computer repair and website building business and previously worked in carpentry.

Stewart is challenging Hagan because he argues she supports the status quo in Washington and that the public is tired of politics as usual. Stewart says voters can relate to someone like him.

Stewart’s website lists campaign finance reform, stopping the Patriot Act’s renewal in 2015 and the decriminalization or legalization of marijuana among his platform of issues.

At least seven Republicans are seeking their party’s nomination in May.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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