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Archive for May, 2014

NC Senate offers big teacher raise for tenure loss

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina senators are offering veteran teachers a choice between a double-digit pay raise or keeping the job protections a court says lawmakers can’t strip away.

State senators on Wednesday announced their proposed budget will include pay raises of more than 10 percent for teachers who have earned career status after four years.

Giving up tenure rights would raise the state-supplied salary of a teacher with five years of experience from almost $31,000 this year to $35,000 next year. That teacher would get no raise if he or she kept their job rights.

A state Superior Court judge this month ruled a new law was unconstitutional because it stripped veteran teachers from job protections that barred their firing or demotion except for reasons that include poor performance, immorality and insubordination.

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Gullah Geechee panel selects executive director

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

CHARLESTON, SC (AP) — The commission working to preserve the culture of sea island slave descendants in four southeastern states has an executive director.

J. Herman Blake of Johns Island will serve as acting executive director without pay while the panel puts into effect a management plan for the corridor running along the coast from southeastern North Carolina to northeastern Florida.

The plan was more than a dozen years in the making and received final approval from the U.S. Department of the Interior last year.

The commission has moved its offices from Charleston to nearby Johns Island.

Althea Sumpter of Atlanta is the new commission chairwoman, replacing Ron Daise of St. Helena Island. The culture is known as Gullah in the Carolinas and Geechee in Georgia and Florida.

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Poet Maya Angelou dead at 86

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Maya Angelou has died, ABC News has confirmed. She was 86.

According to her agent, Helen Brann, the noted author and poet died near her home in Winston-Salem early this morning.

“She’d been very frail and had heart problems, but she was going strong, finishing a new book,” Brann told ABC News. “I spoke to her yesterday. She was fine, as she always was. Her spirit was indomitable.”

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Leland Police now warning of jury-duty phone scam

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

The Leland Police Department is warning residents that a con has crossed county lines.

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Officials: Army hospital chief relieved of command

Wednesday, May 28th, 2014

Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two defense officials say the chief of an Army medical center has been relieved of his command because of problems with patient care.

The officials say the commander was replaced Tuesday at Womack Army Medical Center at Fort Bragg, and three deputies were suspended.

The officials spoke on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to publicly discuss the matter.

One official says the discipline comes after two deaths this month of patients in their 20s and problems with infection control at the facility that were pointed out by a hospital accreditation group.

The Pentagon announced late Tuesday that Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered a 90-day review of the entire military health care system.

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