Top Army General focused on reducing strain of
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Wed August 12, 2009

Top Army General focused on reducing strain of deployment

General George W. Casey, Jr. Chief of Staff of the U.S. Army hspace=4

National Guard and Reserve Soldiers make up half of the soldiers the U.S. Army is deploying to war every year and that pressure is beginning to take its toll. Nearly half of North Carolina's National Guard soldiers are currently deployed to Iraq for a second time in five years.

During a visit to the World Affairs Council in Charlotte Tuesday, the Army's Chief of Staff General George Casey laid out his plan to reduce the strain of frequent deployments on soldiers and their families.

WFAE's Julie Rose reports:

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At CMS, Mint Hill kids will go to Charlotte for
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Wed August 12, 2009

At CMS, Mint Hill kids will go to Charlotte for high school

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Wilkes school system settles military
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Wed August 12, 2009

Wilkes school system settles military counter-recruiting lawsuit

An anti-war activist and the Wilkes County school system have settled a lawsuit that said her First Amendment rights were violated because she wasn't allowed on campus to counter the message of military recruiters. WFAE's Greg Collard reports.

Sally Ferrell sued in January after the local superintendent refused to let her on high school campuses to warn students about military service.

North Carolina's ACLU took on her case. Legal director Katy Parker says they're thrilled with the settlement, which ends a four-year battle.

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CMS moving quickly to rehire some laid off staff
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Wed August 12, 2009

CMS moving quickly to rehire some laid off staff

Charlotte-Mecklenburg School officials say some laid off teachers and other teaching-related staffers have already received calls to come back to the district. WFAE's Simone Orendain reports:
The first day of school is in less than two weeks and CMS is on a short timeline to fill 286 positions that the district is restoring. With the state budget in place, the district calculates it will have about $20 million more than it planned for in an already reduced budget.

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From Cubicle to Entrepreneur
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Wed August 12, 2009

From Cubicle to Entrepreneur

Long-anticipated vote tonight on new Mint Hill
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Tue August 11, 2009

Long-anticipated vote tonight on new Mint Hill High boundaries

The Charlotte-Mecklenburg School Board will vote tonight on the district's recommendations for the boundaries of the new Mint Hill High School. This follows months of emotionally charged debates between the district and the town. Now, it appears no one from Mint Hill will attend Mint Hill High School. WFAE's Simone Orendain explains:

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State cuts mean Mecklenburg County must pick up
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Tue August 11, 2009

State cuts mean Mecklenburg County must pick up some expenses

Mecklenburg County will have to pick up at least $5 million in expenses that the state has taken care of in past years.

State lawmakers approved a budget last week that eliminated the state re-imbursement of $18 per day for allowing people convicted of misdemeanors to stay in local jails.

Mecklenburg County Sheriff Chipp Bailey says that means the Sheriff's Office will be out $2 million for the year.

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Food Preservation and Food Safety
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Tue August 11, 2009

Food Preservation and Food Safety

More answers sought in Bank of America and SEC
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Tue August 11, 2009

More answers sought in Bank of America and SEC settlement

There is still no approval for the $33 million settlement between Bank of America and the Securities and Exchange Commission. A federal judge continues to refuse to sign off on it.

US District Judge Jed Rakoff yesterday said he just doesn't have enough information and asked the two parties to submit further details.

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Industrial Hygiene
1:00 pm
Mon August 10, 2009

Industrial Hygiene

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