February 10, 2011 by · Comments Off on WCPSS 

WCPSS, How ironic that the school district lawyers are threatening to withdraw their children from nearby schools and drive 5 to 10 miles private, charter or parochial schools if the school board increased the number of students assigned to their neighborhood school. Could it be that their “neighborhood” has increased … encompass all of Wake County? Was not this the home base when WCPSS has been created? High standards and expectations in each school reflect our community values and helped to balance resources. For 35 years, governors and the cooks, the presidents of banks and ATMs, doctors and nurses, lawyers and clerks, school teachers and university groundskeepers all chose to send their children to schools Wake County public. The inclusion of “neighborhood” and its schools have been so good that families across the United States went to Wake County in droves because of its high school.

Proximity does not equal a good education. So, for proponents of school district, stop hiding behind “not in my neighborhood schools” and give us an actual plan based on research, resources and regional community input.

The Wake County Public School System offers over 125 training programs online career in 2011. The unemployment figures in December 2010 for Wake County show that over 33,600 people actively seeking work by the Security Commission of NC jobs. To help job seekers Triangle, the Department of Community Services ofWCPSS has partnered with ed2go expand accredited courses of six months in a number of high-demand fields like information technology, to design, medicine, crafts, games, etc.

Added a new course in January to train medical coders using ICD-10 coding system will be implemented in the health care industry by October 1, 2013. The federal government mandated the modification of ICD-10 medical coding system. Health professionals will need to use the coding in the insurance processing, reimbursement and data collection statistics.

“I’ve had phone calls. I recently spoke with a nurse who wanted to learn more about the courses we offer, “said Beth Lynch, coordinator of online learning. “It seems that the health care industry will be largely affected by the implementation, so I think we can expect to see students who want to be ready for the transition begins to register with the ICD-10 Coding medical training program online in the coming years months. ”

Vocational training in green energy and sustainable jobs in the field is also expected to increase in 2011. Currently, WCPSS offers eleven different courses that teach skills for job seekers to obtain jobs in the industry more green:

Louisiana Lottery

February 10, 2011 by · Comments Off on Louisiana Lottery 

Louisiana Lottery, (AP) – The Lottery Corporation Louisiana reports that nobody won the jackpot in the Lotto important Louisiana multistate Powerball drawings and Wednesday night.

Louisiana Lotto players matching all six numbers drawn would have won or shared a prize and 850,000. The price will be approximately 900,000 and for the next drawing on Saturday.

Powerball Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared and 63 million jackpot. This price will increase to about 82 million for Saturday.

In addition, the lottery said, nobody won the $ 120,000 Easy 5 jackpot.

None of the tickets sold for the Powerball game last night matched all six numbers drawn, which were: 07-11-39-42-51, Powerball 30 and Power Play. 4.

Players matching all five numbers and the Powerball would have won or shared the jackpot and 63 million. The prize goes to about 82 million for Saturday.

Tickets that match the first five numbers but miss the Powerball, win and 200,000 each, and there were three of these. They were sold in: Kansas (1), New Jersey (1) and West Virginia (1).

There were no Power Play Match 5 winners.

Nobody won last night and 850,000 Lotto jackpots in Louisiana or 120,000 and Easy 5 drawing.

The Lottery Corporation says 25 Louisiana Lotto ticket had five of the six numbers drawn. Each of these is $ 1494.

Saturday’s Lotto drawing will be worth an estimated $ 900,000.

Last night, the number of Lotto winners was 1, 4, 7, 15, 16 and 26.

In the $ 120,000 Easy 5 numbers drawn were 4, 10, 13, 16 and 36.

Saturday 5 Easy drawing will be valued and 150,000.

Wral School Closings

February 10, 2011 by · Comments Off on Wral School Closings 

Wral School Closings, Dozens of school systems delayed the opening, but the morning commute Thursday passed without major problems such as snow and light snow fell in central and eastern North Carolina.

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(AP) – Employees of North Carolina State and public school teachers often look up the legislators to consider significant cuts, as three quarters of the state 19 billion and the budget is allocated to salaries and benefits.

But the anxiety levels for more than 300,000 teachers, university workers and other employees of the state have skyrocketed to the top of the legislative session with the approach of the Republican leadership of the closure of and a projected 3.7 billion-budget deficit for the coming year. GOP leaders have promised not to extend two temporary taxes that would have reduced the deficit by $ 1.3 billion.

“Every year at this same time last dance budget … there is always immediately enter in this principle that we will cut services and we will do bad things to the public employees,” said Dana Cope, executive director Association of Government Employees of North Carolina. “This is the first time that the budget deficit that we are talking about is real.”

The GOP and Democratic Governor Beverly Perdue predicted layoffs, but not how. GOP leaders will not also reject the idea of wage cuts in the council, and could require workers to pay a monthly premium for health insurance for the first time.

“Ultimately we have to get to where we are now in terms of spending at a level that is 18 percent less,” said Senate Leader Phil Berger, R-Rockingham, citing reductions wages, layoffs and employee health care as articles under discussion.

The conference was disappointing for the workers, since there has not had a pay increase since 2008, money for thousands of educators has been cut and health insurance benefits have deteriorated.

“Sometimes they say,” the cuts are coming, the cuts are coming, “but we say,” No, they will find a way to solve the problem, “and Kindel said Wanda, 43, a teacher of fifth year at Lake Rim Elementary School in Fayetteville, who earns about $ 50,000 per year. However, she says, “The heads are on the chopping block yet.”

The potential reductions in pay and health insurance premiums are the latest threats to the team of state government and local district teachers, who are also regarded as engaged by the State.

Workers are currently not paying their health insurance premiums, but premiums for spouses and dependents have increased by almost 9 percent per year in 2009 and 2010. And adding a premium of 50 per month, for example, about 321,000 active state employees enrolled in the National Health and could provide 193 million.

Perdue has ordered a pay cut of 0.5 percent for all employees to help fill a shortfall in an emergency budget in mid-2009, a decision that was expected to back and 65 million. Their wages back to previous levels the following year. General Assembly records dating back to 1970 does not show the Legislature approving permanent reductions in pay Consulting. The legislature has cut the salaries of employees during the Great Depression.

Lower wages is more likely to reduce employee morale and make them think twice about the remaining workers in dangerous jobs, “said Emily Jones, 39, a community corrections officer in Raleigh whose wages are low in the $ 30,000 s. It often works nights and weekends to ensure that offenders on probation are intensive meeting curfew and other requirements.

“We run the risk of losing employees,” said Jones, who has worked in state government for 19 years. “If you do not have people working, you can not keep your communities safe “.

Republican lawmakers are working on a plan that would rise and one billion in reserves and the cost savings and can reduce the need for some layoffs.

The North Carolina Association of Educators and State Workers Association are offering alternatives to legislators and Perdue on how to bridge the gap. Cope said the state employees association has collected hundreds of ideas of its members in total and would save 10 billion.

Public school teachers say they should not be the first to accept further reductions.

The goal of the work force overall state government has reduced by an amount equal to 10,100 full-time jobs between December 2008 and December 2009 to just under 317,000, according to a survey of agencies State by the office of the state budget and legislative analysts. Full-time equivalent positions in public schools have decreased by nearly 9,300 positions during the same period.

“When you talk about cutting teachers, you assign each county in the state,” said board member NCAE Kim Hargett, a professor of physical education in schools in Union County.

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Fort Bragg

January 10, 2011 by · Comments Off on Fort Bragg 

Fort Bragg, 261 acres added to Carvers Creek Nature Conservancy ParkThe State Park continues to build in the counties of Cumberland and Harnett

DURHAM – January 4, 2011 – sculptors Creek state park continues to grow – thanks to The Nature Conservancy. Conservation of 1.261 acres recently moved to Cumberland County to the Division of the North Carolina Parks and Recreation.

Earlier this year, the Conservancy transferred 1,435-acre farm in Harnett County Rockefeller State. The Conservancy has protected 4,181 acres in Cumberland and Harnett counties, which are now part of sculptors Creek state park.

“This magnificent property,” says Ryan Elting, Sandhills Conservation Program Director. “In the past year, we have restored over 620 acres of marsh is the point where they can be maintained with prescribed fire.”

Restored longleaf pine sculptors Creek State Park Photo © Ryan Elting / TNC

Elting said conservation would still need help on the property, assist the state to conduct prescribed burns. Longleaf pine is fire-dependent, fire needing to grow steadily. Fire suppression and development has significantly reduced stands of longleaf pine that once covered nearly a quarter of the state or about 7.2 million acres. Today it is estimated that wetlands cover less than 250,000 acres in North Carolina. Longleaf is especially important for peak endangered by the federal government red cockade, which makes its nest in the life of longleaf pine. Longleaf still holds a special place in the North Carolina official state toast famous “land of the longleaf pine” and the highest state civilian honor of the Order of longleaf pine.

Carvers Creek State Park was established by the General Assembly in North Carolina in 2005. The largest piece of the park is located off of U.S. 401 north of Fort Bragg in Fayetteville adjacent, protection of 2 ½ miles along the eastern border of the base.

“This property has been vital for the love of conservation – it contains vast forests mature longleaf pine and valuable habitats for wildlife, including red-cockaded woodpecker,” said Elting. “And it is also important for the military, the protection of Fort Bragg incompatible development, ensuring that the military can maintain its educational mission.”

Elting credits the Army for its commitment to conservation. “One third of the cost of this parcel of land was covered by the Department of Defense,” he said. “The army is conducting conservation on the front of the stage in the dunes. Two funds of the State Conservation Trust, the Natural Heritage Trust Fund and Parks and Recreation Trust Fund each contributed one third of the total price tag and 11.3.

Carvers Creek State Park is not yet open to the public, but the state has developed a master plan for the park and hired some staff. It is planned to open in 2012.