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Archive for June, 2014

Health Notes – Nurses not considered for board openings

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

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‘Tammy’ star McCarthy talks importance of film incentives

Saturday, June 28th, 2014

Film incentives are set to expire at the end of 2014 and the star of the locally filmed comedyTammy is speaking in favor of keeping them.

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New Hanover inmates help pick up trash as part of new program

Friday, June 27th, 2014

A new program is getting New Hanover County inmates out of their jail cells and onto the streets to pick up trash.

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State lawmaker says, “There’s no value in” disclosing salaries with names

Friday, June 27th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — One North Carolina lawmaker doesn’t want names attached to charter school salaries in the public record.

The North Carolina House approved legislation Thursday that would do that. Rep. Charles Jeter (R-Mecklenburg) sponsored the amendment in the charter school bill.

The Republican said he’d ask for the same thing for public schools. Jeter thinks salaries should be made public along with employee codes instead of names.

Jeter argued, among other reasons, that parents, students, and colleagues can hold that knowledge against school employees.

“I understand the public’s right to know what each teacher makes on an individual basis. What I don’t agree with is you have the right to know by name. To me, there’s no value in that,” Jeter said.

However, he said he doesn’t think his amendment will make it into the final bill.

Rep. Jeter’s amendment comes as WWAY, and other media outlets, continue to ask for more information about staff and salaries at Roger Bacon Academy and its charter schools. Earlier this month, we got teacher and staff salaries. But, we still do not know how much administrators make. There aren’t many specifics in the budget either. What is clear is the schools pay 16 percent of their revenue, more than $2 million, to management fees. What that money goes to, though, is not clear.


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Drivers upset after cars towed from Downtown Wilmington parking lot

Friday, June 27th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A Wilmington towing company is under fire after towing several cars from a downtown lot.

Imagine this: you come back to your parking spot, and your car is towed. It’s a sinking feeling many drivers parking in one downtown lot today know first-hand. But they say they should not have been towed in the first place.

“I said, ‘Hey, what are you doing? There is no towing being enforced.’ He said, ‘PNC told me to go ahead and tow,’” said Paul Mediratta whose car was being towed.

A pregnant woman in her running car was almost towed as well.

“I noticed that my car kind of jolted forward, and after it jolted forward it started going up. And I’m like, ‘OK, what is going on?’ and when I looked back there was a tow truck actually towing my truck while I was sitting in it,” Chiquita Harris said.

The drivers say they have a right to park in the lot at the corner of Third and Princess Streets, because the spots were not properly marked, and the PNC bank is closed.

But an empire tow truck driver who would only identify himself as Christopher said he was just doing his job towing from the lot, and says the lot was marked.

“There’s a sign posted on each entrance on parking regulations,” tow truck driver Christopher said.

There were signs. Now, they’re gone. WPD made the company remove them.

Empire Towing told police they were never notified that their contract was up when the bank closed.
WPD Sergeant Curt Stansbury says six to eight cars were towed at $135 apiece.

“Since the parking lot’s not legally marked anyone who has been towed out of this parking lot since the bank has closed is subject to getting their money back from Empire Towing,” Stansbury said.

If you think your car might have been improperly towed from this lot, you’re asked to contact Wilmington police department’s taxi and wrecker Inspector Blueford.


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