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Archive for July, 2014

Police issue warrants for weekend shooting suspects

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington Police are looking for two suspects in a shooting Sunday.

Police issued warrants for Jakia Imani Boney, 24, and Hykeem Quintell Durant, 24. The warrants are for assault with a deadly weapon, Going armed to the terror of the public and injury to personal property.

The victim told police Boney and Durant fired several shots at him after an argument. The shooting happened in the Creekwood Housing community around 6:30 p.m. near 702 N. 30th Street.

Police don’t have a picture of Boney on file.

If you know where either person might be, call the Wilmington Police Department at (910) 343-3609 or send your tip to Text-A-Tip at (CRIMES)274637. Start your message with Tip708, then type your tip.


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Critics say pay claims in NC budget not accurate

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The new state budget plan leaves teachers asking questions.

Republican leaders said yesterday the proposal will give educators their largest pay hike in state history, but some teachers may not see the change.

The state budget plan Republican leaders released Wednesday shows a seven-percent increase for teacher salaries. North Carolina Association of Educators Vice President Mark Jewell says that’s not really the case.

“It’s incorrect to say it’s a seven-percent increase, and it’s certainly not the largest increase that teachers have seen in North Carolina,” Jewell said.

The new pay schedule for teachers would increase beginning salaries from $30,800 to around $33,000.

“While it is a bump for beginning teachers, which we have whole-heartedly been advocating for, it lops off the top pay of teachers, our most veteran teachers,” Jewell said.

Click here to see a comparison of the salary schedules from the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division

The big question is at the other end of the pay scale, where veteran teachers will see relatively little increase if any at all. From years 25 through 30, the salary is frozen at $50,000, and longevity pay only kicks in at year 31 when you’re eligible to retire.

“This is a plan of “Hunger Game,'” Jewell said. “It’s robbing Peter to pay Paul.”

Rep. Susi Hamilton (D-18th District) says Republican leaders took money from Health and Human Services to fund these raises.

“Even having done so, there is not enough money there to support the teacher salary increase,” she said by phone from Raleigh today. “It’s not equal for all teachers. At the end of the day public education and Health and Human Services are the biggest losers.”

Now Jewell has a bigger concern.

“This is not going to move us towards the national average,” he said. “That will not recruit teachers from other states.”

Hamilton says the Democrats in the House and the Senate did not have any input in this plan.

We reached out to the Republican leadership, but they have not responded to our requests.


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Rep. Hamilton points to incentives inconsistencies

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

Rep. Susi Hamilton claims Republican leaders in the General Assembly have changed their tune on some economic development incentives, but not the tax credit program that lures film production to the state.

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Police seek boy, 15, last seen July 22

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

James Ashley Holleman was last seen leaving the Brigade Boys & Girls Club, 2759 Vance St.

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Teachers unimpressed with raise proposal

Wednesday, July 30th, 2014

North Carolina lawmakers have unveiled the details of a budget that gives teachers an average seven percent raise, but some teachers claim it's not as good as it sounds.

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