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The State of Things
12:07 pm
Thu December 12, 2013

Contaminated Water At Camp Lejeune Linked To Birth Defects

Contaminated water at the Camp Lejeune military base has been linked to adverse health effects.
Credit Sanjay Parekh, via Flickr

 

Contaminated Water At Camp Lejeune Linked To Birth Defects

A new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention found that babies born to mothers who drank contaminated tap water at Camp Lejeune while pregnant had elevated risks of childhood cancers and serious birth defects.  

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Military
5:00 am
Mon November 11, 2013

Commerce Says Military Veterans And Economic Opportunity Equals Good Fit

Some 60,000 NC based military personnel are projected to leave the military over next five years.
Credit usmilitary.com

A report by the state Commerce Department highlights the economic impact of the military in North Carolina.

The Commerce Department says the state has a tremendous opportunity to grow the economy by helping military personnel find employment after their service ends. 

More than 60,000 people stationed in North Carolina are projected to leave the military over the next five years.  Commerce spokesman Josh Ellis says many of them will stay here.

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Military
10:53 pm
Wed November 6, 2013

Local Vet Gets Keys To New Home

Credit U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs

First Lieutenant Nathan Rimpf of Raleigh lost both his legs to an improvised explosive device in Afghanistan last year.  He received a Purple Heart and got two titanium legs when he returned. And on Thursday he'll be a new home owner.

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Military
7:07 am
Thu October 31, 2013

NC National Guard Tries To Make Up For Lost Drills During Shutdown

The NC National Guard responds to New York after Hurricane Sandy in 2012.
Credit The National Guard / Flickr Creative Commons

More than a hundred North Carolina Air and Army National Guard units are trying to reschedule training time they missed during the government shutdown. 

That amounts to about 6,400 troops who could not conduct three weekend drills earlier this month.  Maj. Matthew Devivo says a short lapse in funding was enough to make conducting drills impossible.

"That's operational funds.  That's maintenance funds.  We couldn't move equipment to do training and we couldn't feed the soldiers who would come to drill," Devivo says.

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Military
7:59 am
Wed October 23, 2013

Camp Lejeune Marines Remember Beirut Bombing 30 Years Later

The memorial commemorating the victims of the 1983 bombing in Beirut
Credit Michael D. Dunn / Flickr Creative Commons

Marines at Camp Lejeune are remembering the 1983 bombing of their base in Beirut, Lebanon.

It was 30 years ago Wednesday that a truck loaded with explosives crashed into the barracks and killed 241 service members. Dan Joy was a corporal there. He says he and other surviving veterans have been gathering this week.

"When we started talking, little tidbits of things that we did sort of all came back, you know, and they were just young kids," Joy said.

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The State Of Things
11:26 am
Mon October 21, 2013

From Tobacco Fields To Neuroanatomy

Zero to Eighty Over Unpaved Roads: A Memoir
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Military
1:14 pm
Mon October 7, 2013

Furloughed Civilian Employees Back At NC Military Bases

Thousands of civilian employees at NC's military bases went back to work Monday.
Credit Fort Bragg

Civilian employees at North Carolina's military bases are back at work after four furlough days from the government shutdown. 

The recall comes after the Department of Defense said this weekend a stop-gap budget law that keeps the military funded during the shutdown includes civilian workers.  Most of the 800 civilian employees who were furloughed from Camp Lejeune are back at work after the DOD reviewed the language in the Pay Our Military Act.

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Military
5:06 pm
Mon September 23, 2013

60 Fort Bragg Surveillance Soldiers Return From Afghanistan

A small group of Fort Bragg soldiers returns home from Afghanistan Monday as the military works to transfer its operations to Afghan forces. 

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Education
2:01 pm
Thu September 12, 2013

UNC Working To Serve Veterans

About three percent of students on UNC System campuses receive the GI Bill.
Credit UNC

With major military installations and affordable public higher education, North Carolina is well-suited to take advantage of the high number of veterans looking to attend college. The federal government has spent more than $30 billion on the post 9-11 GI bill since revamping it four years ago – a number that is likely to increase sharply as more military personnel are discharged.

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Military
8:04 am
Fri May 24, 2013

NC Military Bases Brace For Teacher Furloughs

Teachers at Fort Bragg and other military bases in the state are preparing for up to five furlough days.
Credit Fort Bragg

Teachers at North Carolina's military bases are preparing for up to five furlough days due to cuts from the sequester. 

The Department of Defense says instructors and other nine-month employees can expect mandatory days off after the next school year starts.  Marilee Fitzgerald is the director of the Department of Defense Education Activity, which oversees schools at military bases.

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