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Archive for February, 2009

Eighth man arrested in NC cockfighting operation

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — North Carolina authorities say an eighth man has been arrested in a cockfighting operation in Caldwell County.

Forty-two-year-old David Lee Keller of Lenoir was arrested Tuesday and charged with cockfighting.

The Charlotte Observer reported that seven other men were charged in the case Saturday, when authorities say deputies found a cockfighting ring in the Colletsville area.

More than 60 roosters confiscated from the farm were being tested for avian flu. Animal control officials euthanized one of the birds Tuesday because of injuries suffered in suspected cockfighting.

It was unclear whether Keller had an attorney.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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North Carolina authorities say an eighth man has been arrested in a cockfighting operation in Caldwell County.

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UNCW hosting its spring job fair Wednesday

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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UNC Wilmington is trying to help link employers and workers in these tough times. As unemployment numbers continue to climb, UNCW is bringing employers to the doorstep of students.

The college will host its spring internship and job fair Wednesday. More than 50 employers are expected to there to assist students and attendees.

The fair will be from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. in the Burney Center on campus.

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UNC Wilmington is trying to help link employers and workers in these tough times. As unemployment numbers continue to climb, UNCW is bringing employers to the doorstep of students.

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Advocates say NC’s rising uninsured increases need

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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RALEIGH — Supporters say North Carolina’s free health clinics are facing growing stresses as more people become unemployed and lose their health insurance coverage.

The group describing itself as the state’s safety net represents community health centers, free clinics, doctors and hospitals. They will visit the General Assembly on Wednesday to ask for $15 million a year in state funding.

They said North Carolina has as many as 1.8 million people uninsured, a number increasing with growing unemployment.

The clinics depend on volunteer physicians and free hospital services. But money is needed for workers to determine eligibility, refer patients to willing providers, and help pay for medications that aren’t covered by prescription assistance programs.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Supporters say North Carolina’s free health clinics are facing growing stresses as more people become unemployed and lose their health insurance coverage.

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Report: FDA took months to pull tainted syringes

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A newspaper report says months passed between federal regulators first receiving complaints about tainted syringes produced at a North Carolina plant and action to pull them
from the market.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday the U.S. Food and Drug Administration had complaints as early as 2005 about contamination in syringes filled with blood thinner by AM2PAT Inc. at its plant in Angier.

The FDA pulled the product from the market in December 2007.

Authorities say the syringes sickened hundreds of people and are linked to five deaths.

Two company officials pleaded guilty to charges and officials are searching for the company’s president.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A newspaper report says months passed between federal regulators first receiving complaints about tainted syringes produced at a North Carolina plant and action to pull them
from the market.

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Fire hits Wilmington warehouse

Wednesday, February 25th, 2009

An early morning vehicle fire scorched a delivery truck, the outside of the Southeastern Tile Company warehouse and some of the goods inside. Five fire stations responded to the scene.

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