SC Gov Will Plug Nose And Support Tax Break For
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Wed April 6, 2011

SC Gov Will Plug Nose And Support Tax Break For Amazon

South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley says she opposes a sales tax break for online retailer Amazon, but won't stand in the way of it. She says her hands are tied because previous Governor Mark Sanford signed a deal with Amazon promising to make the online retailer exempt from sales taxes if it opened a distribution center in South Carolina.

The distribution center would bring more than a thousand jobs to Lexington County, but Amazon has hinted it will not open the center without the tax exemption.

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Teacher Pay May Stagnate, But Not Cut, Gorman Says
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Wed April 6, 2011

Teacher Pay May Stagnate, But Not Cut, Gorman Says

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In the new pay plan CMS Superintendent Peter Gorman is pushing, teachers will be paid more if their students do well and less if they don't. New tests for students will be part of the process.

That has some teachers worried their salaries will be cut if their students have an off-year. Gorman say that won't be the case.

"We said we weren't going to cut anyone's salary from where they are now. Let me be clear, that doesn't mean everyone will get the same for what's additive. They could be where they are for awhile," Gorman chuckled Wednesday during his weekly briefing.

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Nobel Prize Winner Aaron Ciechanover
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Wed April 6, 2011

Nobel Prize Winner Aaron Ciechanover

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Medical Revolution of the 21st Century
Nobel Prize Winner Aaron Ciechanover
Join us for a conversation with the 2004 Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry, Dr. Aaron Ciechanover. We'll talk about the importance of education - science and otherwise - here in the U.S. and around the world, about what he calls the Medical Revolution of the 21st Century, the intersection of religion and science and about his home country of Israel.

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Dr. Aaron Ciechanover - 2004 Nobel Prize Winner for Chemistry
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New Rules For Mortgage Loan Officers In Effect
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Wed April 6, 2011

New Rules For Mortgage Loan Officers In Effect

New rules took effect today that make significant changes to the way mortgage loan officers get paid. A judge in Washington yesterday ordered that a temporary stay that was in place since last Friday to be dissolved. The decision means that rules that were supposed to take effect on April 1, are now in place.

The ruling represents a defeat for the mortgage industry, which has contended that the rules are unfair to loan officers and will also hurt some homeowners.

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Illegal Immigrant Gets 20 Years In Kidnapping Plot
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Wed April 6, 2011

Illegal Immigrant Gets 20 Years In Kidnapping Plot

An illegal immigrant convicted two years ago of plotting to kidnap two young girls in Cornelius and then demand a ransom,has been sentenced to 20 years in federal prison.

Prosecutors say 26-year-old Ruben Garcia-Rosario continuously watched the two young girls from his car as they waited for their school bus. Garcia-Rosario tried to get help from a translator to write a ransom note to the family of the girls, threatening to kill them if they didn't give into his demands.

Mom Accuses Son Of Hitting Her Over DQ Blizzard
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Wed April 6, 2011

Mom Accuses Son Of Hitting Her Over DQ Blizzard

Yes, alcohol is apparently involved. We'll let the Gaston Gazette take it from here.

Charter Schools Outsource Education to Management
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Wed April 6, 2011

Charter Schools Outsource Education to Management Firms, With Mixed Results

Since 2008, an Ohio-based company, White Hat Management, has collected around $230 million to run charter schools in that state. The company has grown into a national chain and reports that it has about 20,000 students across the country. But now 10 of its own schools and the state of Ohio are suing, complaining that many White Hat students are failing, and that the company has refused to account for how it has spent the money.

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Power Outages Continue In Charlotte Region
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Tue April 5, 2011

Power Outages Continue In Charlotte Region

About 190,000 Duke Energy customers remained without power as of 2:40 p.m. About 43,000 were in Mecklenburg County, followed by Gaston, 17,532; Rowan, 12,700; Lincoln, 7,500; York (SC), 6,300; Iredell, 4,200; Union, 600; and Lancaster (SC), 600.

Duke spokesman Jason Walls says it's too early to estimate when power will be restored.

"Our focus right now is on damage assessment and clean up an public safety concerns like downed power lines," he said.

The number of outages peaked at 256,000 at about 4 a.m.

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D.C. Nonprofit To Develop NODA Mills
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Tue April 5, 2011

D.C. Nonprofit To Develop NODA Mills

A Washington-based nonprofit developer is the final bidder to purchase two historic mill buildings in NODA from the City of Charlotte. The Community Builders' winning offer is just over $1.2 million - twice what it initially bid for the Johnston and Mecklenburg Mills site.

The offer beat out competing bids from three Charlotte-area developers. The Community Builders Vice President Rob Fossi says his group is still working out how it will finance the project, which may include federal grants and tax credits for affordable housing.

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Living the Solo Life
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Tue April 5, 2011

Living the Solo Life

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