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United Way report critical of King, inattentive
12:00 pm
Mon December 15, 2008

United Way report critical of King, inattentive board

Changes to VA hospital still upset veterans
12:00 pm
Fri December 12, 2008

Changes to VA hospital still upset veterans

LISA: After several months on hold, the Department of Veterans Affairs has resumed plans to make changes at the VA Hospital in Salisbury. During a press conference this morning, Deputy Under Secretary William Feeley acknowledged that pressure from veterans, hospital employees and local officials influenced the decision:

Feeley "Things evolve over time, based on feedback. And we've gotta be flexible and adaptable. So as the feedback came in, it was clear this was the right thing to do. So plans change."

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Legendary fiddler Joe Thompson turns 90
12:00 pm
Fri December 12, 2008

Legendary fiddler Joe Thompson turns 90

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A North Carolina music legend turned 90 this week. Fiddler Joe Thompson is widely recognized as being the last living link to a time when African American String Bands played for square dances nearly every weekend.

His music took him around the world, but now he mostly plays at home in Orange County with friends and neigbors. David Brower of WUNC public radio dropped by his house in Mebane, between Greensboro and Durham.

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The Community College System
12:00 pm
Fri December 12, 2008

The Community College System

The Community College System
A new study this year focused on the community college system in North Carolina. Community Colleges like Central Piedmont are a valuable resource for job training and the education of many students who may not be able to afford other types of higher learning institutes. We'll examine the results of the study and look at the future of the community college system in our region.
GuestsMebane Rash - Attorney and Editor, North Carolina Insight Magazine
Tony Zeiss - President, Central Piedmont Community College

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Power of the pen
12:00 pm
Fri December 12, 2008

Power of the pen

Mecklenburg County Commissioner Bill James surprised fellow commissioners last weekend. He e-mailed them a recorded portion of their last public meeting, and said he had recorded their closed meeting as well.

He recorded them with a $100 gadget: A pen that's also a recorder.

James hopes his tactic motivates commissioners to record most closed, executive sessions of commission meetings, and release those recordings to the public. He spoke to WFAE Morning Edition host Scott Graf.

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Bank of America to cut 30,000-35,000 jobs
12:00 pm
Fri December 12, 2008

Bank of America to cut 30,000-35,000 jobs

Bank of America plans to cut up to 35,000 jobs as it merges with Merrill Lynch and deals with a slow economy.

Rumors had circulated for the past week that the merger would bring heavy layoffs.

Charlotte-based Bank of America confirmed 30,000 to 35,000 positions will be cut over the next three years. That's about 11 percent of the combined workforce. Bank of America says the merger and the weak economy make layoffs inevitable.

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Salisbury VA hospital to keep ER
12:00 pm
Fri December 12, 2008

Salisbury VA hospital to keep ER

Earlier this fall, the VA said it wanted to give veterans access to treatment closer to home, so it planned to cut ER and intensive care at the Hefner Veteran's Medical Center in Salisbury.

The changes were put on hold when patients and employees protested. Now the VA says the ER will stay in Salisbury, but inpatient services will be provided through contracts with private hospitals.

Union official J. David Cox with the National American Federation of Government Employees says veterans will face longer waits and less coverage in the private sector.

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McCrory ends mayoral aspirations, higher office on
12:00 pm
Fri December 12, 2008

McCrory ends mayoral aspirations, higher office on the horizon

Mayor Pat McCrory is serving a record seventh term in office. Now, he says it's time to move on.

"Although I will not seek reelection as mayor, this will hopefully not be my last position in an elective office. I will continue to explore and strongly consider running for elective office at either the state or federal level," he says.

Although the Republican lost a tight race for governor to Bev Perdue, he says he's willing to try again.

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Governor wants spending cut scenarios
12:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2008

Governor wants spending cut scenarios

Easley is asking all state agencies to come up with plans to trim 3, 5, and 7-percent from their budgets for next year. State Budget Director Charles Perusse expects state revenue to grow next year, but not by much. "We may be looking at revenue growth in the 1.8 to 2.5 percent range, but historically we've grown about 6 percent," estimates Perusse.

He says the spending plans will give Governor-elect Bev Perdue a head start on putting together a balanced budget.

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CMS now accepting applications for highly
12:00 pm
Thu December 11, 2008

CMS now accepting applications for highly competitive principal training

CMS has forged a partnership with the organization "New Leaders for New Schools." The group specializes in training current and former educators to work in low-performing schools. Some candidates have backgrounds in the private sector, the military and other areas.

"New Leaders" has partnerships with nine other districts including Chicago, New York and Washington DC. The goal is to have 100-percent of students on grade level, during a newly trained principal's first five years.

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