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Archive for April, 2009

NRC conference planned on Global Nuclear violation

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

The Nuclear Regulatory Commission said Tuesday that its staff has scheduled a conference to discuss an apparent violation of requirements associated with a warning system at Global Nuclear Fuel-Americas.

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Flower launch celebrates children

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and an event in downtown Wilmington Tuesday afternoon honored children everywhere.

A flower launch celebrated children, especially those who have been abused and neglected, as well as the professionals who provide for their safety. Flowers that were thrown into the Cape Fear River represented them.

Those in attendance included judges, attorneys, and school children.

Professionals who work in the field of children protection say this is a very special day. “It’s like the biggest hug you could ever get and telling you that everything you do is recognized, even though you do this because it’s dear to your heart; it does not go unrecognized and these people remind you of that,” said Wanda Marino of the Department of Social Services.

This was the fifth annual flower launch.

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April is Child Abuse Prevention Month and an event in downtown Wilmington Tuesday afternoon honored children everywhere.

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Magnet designation lost by NHRMC

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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Despite high marks, New Hanover Regional Medical Center has lost its Magnet designation. That designation is given to hospitals for their ability to retain and recruit nurses.

The Magnet designation is only given to about 2 percent of hospitals across the country. New Hanover Regional had the designation since 2003. Nurses said not getting the designation will not effect patient care. “It’s really about results and at New Hanover Regional Medical Center,” said registered nurse Martha Harlan. “We have a 4% vacancy rate and when you compare that to the state average of 11% to 12%, it shows.”

It is voluntary for hospitals to apply for the Magnet designation. Although the principals stressed by the Magnet program have benefited the hospital, Harlan said New Hanover will not reapply for the designation at this time.

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Despite high marks, New Hanover Regional Medical Center has lost its Magnet designation. That designation is given to hospitals for their ability to retain and recruit nurses.

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Biz briefs: Profit up at East Carolina Bank

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

The parent of East Carolina Bank said its first-quarter profit rose 19.8 percent to $1.25 million compared with $1.04 million in the first quarter of 2008.

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Number of local gun permits shooting skyward

Tuesday, April 21st, 2009

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The number of handgun permits issued in New Hanover County so far this year is more than double the number issued in all of 2008. This handgun craze has many people wondering, why now?

Handgun sales are on fire in part because of a fear that the new presidential administration will ban certain weapons.

“When they’re afraid they can’t get something, than they’ve got to have it,” said Ricci Wright of Shooter’s Choice.

People also say there’s a need for protection.

“Simple guns you wouldn’t think you would have trouble getting, your everyday handgun, revolver and stuff like that, they are hard to get now, really hard. We run out of stuff now, that we would not have run out of before,” Wright said.

That’s good for business, as long as everything stays legal.

“Guns that have been stolen, guns that have been illegally obtained, even though somebody had then lawfully at some point, they had fallen into the wrong hands,” said Deputy Chief David Conklin, Jr. of the Wilmington Police Department.

If gun users are educated and experienced, law enforcement and gun shop owners agree, one bad apple shouldn’t spoil the bunch.

At Shooter’s Choice, all customers are screened for statewide criminal history.

Dealers there use discretion when selling guns to people with no experience because they say when guns get in the wrong hands, that’s when problems arise.

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videoThe number of handgun permits issued in New Hanover County so far this year is more than double the number issued in all of 2008. This handgun craze has many people wondering, why now?

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