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Archive for February, 2014

NC judge blocks taxpayer money to private schools

Friday, February 21st, 2014

EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A North Carolina judge is blocking a new law that would have allowed taxpayer money to go for tuition at private or religious schools.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Robert Hobgood ruled Friday that awarding annual grants of up to $4,200 a year per student violated the state constitution. More than 4,000 families had applied for the grants that were scheduled to be awarded next month.

A lawyer representing two parents who want the grants says an appeal is planned.

The grants were scheduled to start in the next academic year for families meeting income requirements capped slightly above the qualifying level for the federal free or reduced-price school lunch program.

Taxpayers and groups representing teachers and many of the state’s 115 school boards challenged the program in two lawsuits.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Several gang members busted on heroin charges

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The New Hanover County Sheriff's Office announced they've arrested six members of the Blood Gang and another individual on various heroin charges.

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Officers responding to Shot Spotter find an acid bomb instead

Friday, February 21st, 2014

Officers with the Wilmington Police Department responding to a Shot Spotter alert late Thursday night find an unexpected discovery when the arrived on scene.

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Boil water advisory for area near Harnett Street lifted

Friday, February 21st, 2014

The precautionary boil water advisory for the area near Harnett Street was lifted Friday morning

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WPD investigates series of explosions

Friday, February 21st, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police say they are investigating a series of explosions around the city last night.

WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley says officers responded to 908 Grace Street after a ShotSpotter alert. She says officers found an acid bomb was detonated.

Rawley says there were “numerous detonations” around the city last night and that police were able to verify another at 1014 Grace Street. She says they looked for another in the 400 block of Farrows Alley.

Police are trying to figure out who is responsible for the explosions.

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