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Raleigh News & Observer

EDITORIAL: Savvy companies can use NC charter school laws to pocket millions

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Brunswick County Public Schools' Jessica Swencki published an editorial in this morning’s Raleigh’s News & Observer in which she explains what’s really driving a large and growing segment of the charter school movement: private, for-profit companies out to milk the public coffers. Full story...
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Raleigh city councilwoman says Wilmington has nothing educational to offer

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The Raleigh City Council will head to Wilmington next month for a three-day planning retreat expected to cost more than $11,000 – the council’s first out-of-town meeting in more than 20 years. Councilwoman Mary-Ann Baldwin said she’s against the plan. “I would like to go someplace where I could learn something as opposed to going someplace where I won’t learn something,” she said. Full story...
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Good idea for Downtown Wilmington? Raleigh mayor announces Downtown Raleigh Alliance gift card program

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Mayor Nancy McFarlane announced Wednesday the Shop Downtown Raleigh gift card program sponsored by the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, set to launch on Friday. For a one dollar activation fee, shoppers can purchase the plastic cards online at ShopDowntownRaleigh.com, and use them to make purchases at any participating downtown Raleigh business. All the money you spend on the card will return to businesses downtown. Full story...
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While in Wilmington, DHHS Secretary Wos refuses to answer questions about paying consultant $228,000; sends email to lawmakers

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Department of Health and Human Services Director Aldona Wos was in Wilmington Friday with Governor Pat McCrory to announce a new safe school task force. While here, we wanted to follow up with her regarding a story in this morning's Raleigh News and Observer that her office paid a consultant $228,000 over eight months. Full story...
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Do you say soda, Coke or pop? NC State grad student creates maps of regional dialects that take Internet by storm

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A New Jersey native who swapped “hoagies” for “sub” sandwiches when he came to N.C. State University for graduate school has found himself in the international limelight in the past week thanks to his detailed maps that illustrate speech patterns across the nation. Full story...
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Raleigh police charge animal shelter volunteer with molesting dogs

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Seadon Collins Etienne Henrich of Zebulon was charged with four felony counts of crime against nature and three felony counts of disseminating obscenity, according to arrest warrants filed Thursday at the Wake County Magistrate's Office. Full story...
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2 NC bands chosen for London New Year's parade

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Two high school bands from North Carolina will be taking part in the New Year's Day parade in London in 2014. Full story...
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N&O: With McCrory ahead, RGA pulls all remaining broadcast TV ads in NC

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The Republican Governors Association pulled nearly all its remaining TV advertising in North Carolina, signaling its confidence that Pat McCrory is a lock in the governor's race, the News & Observer of Raleigh reports. Full story...
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Former N&O sports editor Joe Tiede dies

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Joe Tiede died at age 84 in his Wilmington home on Friday night after several years of declining health. Tiede was known as an astute analyst for his insightful game stories, accuracy and gentle demeanor. Full story...
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VOTE 2012: N&O - Renee Ellmers backs David Rouzer in GOP primary

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U.S. Rep. Renee Ellmers waded into an intra-party fight Wednesday, endorsing state Sen. David Rouzer in the 7th Congressional district primary. Full story...
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N&O: Unqualified Progress Energy workers caused fluke mishap at Brunswick nuclear plant

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Nuclear safety officials have concluded that a fluke mishap last year at Progress Energy's Brunswick nuclear plant near Wilmington was caused by the lack of worker qualification for more than a decade. Full story...
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UNC's Stilman White used to be a "big-school hater"

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Stilman White spent nearly half of his childhood growing up in Wilmington, but he was never much of a Tar Heels basketball fan. Full story...
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Obama, Romney dead even in NC poll

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North Carolina continues to remain competitive in the presidential contest, according to the latest poll. Full story...
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Fundraising extends NC Governor's School for 2012

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A program for gifted students in North Carolina will go on next summer after receiving gifts from alumni and other donors. Full story...
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PPD's outlook is strong, analyst says

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While rumors persist about drug researcher PPD’s possible takeover by a private equity group, an analyst report this week suggests the company has room to expand as its clients increase their research and development funding. Full story...
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