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Archive for February, 2014

State provides funds to help with Battleship repairs

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

The $500,000 award will be used to start the process of strengthening the vessel’s thinning hull.

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Wilmington Police are investigating reported gunshots

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

ShotSpotter recorded shots fired in the area of Fifth Avenue and Castle Street.

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North Carolina officials report 8 more flu deaths

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Health officials in North Carolina say eight more people died of flu-related illnesses last week, raising the death toll to 74 for the season dating back to November.

The state Department of Health and Human Services, which released the figures Thursday, says 54 of those deaths involved people between the ages of 24 and 65. Five victims were children, and another 15 were older than 65.

One of last week’s flu victims was identified as pediatric.

A year ago, 59 people died from flu-related symptoms during the six-month flu season that runs from early October to mid-May.

Last week, DHHS reported that seven people died from the flu. In each of the previous two weeks, the department said 11 people died from the flu.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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NC college systems making student transfers easier

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

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RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s higher education system has a deal comparable to synchronizing traffic lights.

The University of North Carolina and the State Board of Community Colleges will finalize an agreement Friday easing the way for students to transfer between the two systems without losing class credits. School officials and state lawmakers say it will reduce wasted student tuition and taxpayer funding on the way to a bachelor’s degree.

Agreements on transferring credits have been around for almost two decades. Community Colleges President Scott Ralls says the new language lines up core courses so students know when they move they will not have to retake a class at a UNC school.

North Carolina has 75 university and community college campuses.

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


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Teen driver charged in Marine’s death makes first court appearance

Thursday, February 20th, 2014

Jackson Ruelle Davies, 19, is charged with felony death by motor vehicle and impaired driving.

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