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Archive for June, 2014

NC House approves bill to register mopeds

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The House has approved new regulations for mopeds, requiring that the vehicles must be registered with the Department of Motor Vehicles just like motorcycles.

The bill passed Thursday initially required that moped users also carry insurance. But that mandate was stripped from the bill in a committee. Starting next year, mopeds will be required to have a license plate and title and owners must pay the associated fees.

The bill also directs a legislative committee to study whether more regulations are needed to keep mopeds safe.

Onslow County Republican Rep. Phillip Shepard, who is the bill’s primary sponsor, said he hopes the study can shed more light on what other regulations might be needed.

The bill takes effect July 1, 2015.

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Charter school company releases staff salaries, still withholding administrator info

Friday, June 20th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The company behind several area charter schools has finally released information about staff salaries requested by several media outlets including WWAY, but still has not released information about administrator pay.

In a release today, Charter Day School, Inc., which is run by Roger Bacon Academy, released the pay of each member of its staff, which includes Charter Day School in Leland, Columbus Charter School in Whiteville and Douglass Academy in Wilmington, though it does not explain who works at what school. The company recently released budget totals for salaries, but refused to release individual information claiming it does maintain such a list and was not required to compile it under state law.

Earlier this spring, the state Director of Charter Schools told charter school operators they must comply with state open record laws, just like any other public school, or risk losing their charter. Charter schools are run by private entities with public money.

“CDS believes this disclosure allows media outlets to get beyond the harmful fixation on the salaries of our dedicated, skilled staff and to report the real story of how Charter Schools like CDS use less taxpayer funds while obtaining better student outcomes than traditional schools,” CDS said in its release.

Click here to see the information CDS released

The list of salaries show most of the teachers are paid $30,800, which is what the state currently pays public school teachers who have a bachelor’s degree with zero to five years experience. While the information CDS provided shows each teacher’s hire date, it does not explain each teacher’s level of experience, which can be accrued at other schools. Local school districts also have the ability to pay a stipend to help increase teacher salaries.

When it released limited salary data earlier this month, CDS said in a statement that state law exempted it from most of the same requirements of a public school district. However, media outlets continued to complain to state regulators, who ordered the company to release its detailed salary information by June 27. CDS, though, says it was motivated by proposed legislation working its way through the legislature.

“Change in the disclosure law is coming, and CDS will continue to be fully compliant when overseeing its charter schools,” CDS Board of Trustees Chairman John Ferrante said in the company’s statement. “This detailed disclosure required by the new law will, once and for all, resolve any outstanding requests or complaints.”

It does not.

WWAY in its original request for salary data also asked for that of administrators for CDS schools. We have reiterated to the company our request for that information, which is also, we believe, part of the public record.

WWAY and other media outlets across the state have requested salary information from charter schools in an effort to facilitate transparency regarding the spending of public funds as is required of public school districts.


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Battleship gets more than $29,000 in donations

Friday, June 20th, 2014

LELAND, NC (WWAY) — The USS North Carolina got a more than $4,000 donation from the Big Macs for the Battleship promotion Friday morning.

The promotion is a combined effort of 32 area McDonald’s.

But, the generosity did not end there. Dennis W. Anderson, with McDonald’s gave personal gift to the ship of $25,000.

A total of $29,656 is now going toward the restoration fund.

Captain Terry Bragg, Executive Director of the Battleship says McDonald’s has been a true partner in supporting the generation campaign.

“They have helped us with advertising and marketing, as well as a cash gift. That shows that our values of supporting those who gave their service and commitment, as well as the 40,000 school kids who visit the Battleship North Carolina, is important,” said Bragg.

Bragg says the USS North Carolina is known as the people’s ship which is why it is so important for everyone to contribute to the project.


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Get your weather radio programmed at the Safety Expo

Friday, June 20th, 2014

Several organizations are set up at Hugh MacRae Park for a Community Safety Expo Friday until 2 p.m. Everyone is encouraged to stop by to see a number of informational displays and demonstrations.

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Manager – Man dies after fall from window

Friday, June 20th, 2014

WPD spokeswoman Linda Rawley said police were notified about 6:50 a.m. of the discovery

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