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Archive for April, 2009

Doctors waiting for reimbursements from state

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

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State health care has a cash flow problem. Health care claims for state employees exceeded the money available in the ‘08 fiscal budget causing delays in reimbursements to doctors over the past two weeks.

The state legislature is now working to appropriate $250 million to shore up the plan through the end of the fiscal year, June 30th.

State health plan administrators say its money necessary to pay the bills.

State health care insures more than 660,000 people state-wide and about 33,000 in our area alone.

Changes may be voted through the legislature to change the state employee health plan including a ten percent increase to dependent’s premiums.

You can visit their web site for more detailed information.

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videoState health care has a cash flow problem. Health care claims for state employees exceeded the money available in the ‘08 fiscal budget causing delays in reimbursements to doctors over the past two weeks.

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Whats Happening: April 17-19

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

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Local bands are volunteering their time for an important cause; Rock Against Rape is this weekend. Friday night, the concerts are at Lucky’s Pub and Mellow Mushroom. On Saturday, it will be spread across various venues around Wilmington. Proceeds help keep the Rape Crisis Center up and running.

Saturday, parents of little ones, the Childcare Expo is for you. Preschools, daycare centers, as well as after school and drop-in programs are the showcase of a childcare expo. Instead of visiting multiple sites to find the best match for your child, they are all going to be here. It is from 9:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m. at the UNCW Warwick Center.

If your little one is of the four-legged variety, get him and you some exercise at the Canine Relay for Life. It is at Halyburton Park in Wilmington. It is from 9:30 a.m. until noon. The registration fee is $10 per dog.

Fill your belly with some chowder and rank who’s the best at the 13th Annual Pleasure Island Chowder Cook-off. As well as bowls of chowder, there is music, kid’s events and other food. Gates open at 11:30 a.m. You can’t miss it, it is at the Carolina Beach Lake. Tickets are $5 per person.

In downtown Wilmington, antique cars will fill Front Street at the Fifth Annual Rims on the River Vintage Car Show Saturday. It begins at 11:00 a.m. and ends at 5:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public.

Get pampered without spending a dime this weekend. Stop in for the Holistic Health Fair – Everything Peaceful. It is located at 5204 Oleander Drive in Wilmington. You can sample a wide range of services, and even attend workshops on improving your health. It begins at 9:00 a.m. and ends at 6:00 p.m.

Lace up your running shows. The North Carolina Aquarium at Fort Fisher is holding a 5k race for the Planet Seahorse Sprint on Sunday. You can register at 7:00 a.m. The race begins at 8:00 a.m. The race starts and ends at the aquarium. The registration fee is $25. Proceeds benefit educational programs at the aquarium.

You can always find out what’s happening by going to our Community Calendar page.

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videoFans of classic cars and chowder are going to love Saturday. Plus, busy parents can search for the perfect caregiver for their child.

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Sea turtle cut in half washes up on Bald Head Island

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

A decomposed sea turtle that had been cleaved in half, most likely by a ship’s propeller, washed up on Bald Head Island earlier this week.

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Canadian goose makes nest at Independence Mall

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

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A feathered friend has made the Independence Mall in Wilmington her nesting place.

A Canadian goose chose a makeshift nest outside the mall to lay her eggs. Mall Security put up caution tape after concerned shoppers noticed the goose.

The goose will stand guard to protect her eggs until they hatch in about two weeks.

Please do not try and feed her, it could attract animals that could threaten her eggs.

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A Canadian goose chose a makeshift nest outside the mall to lay her eggs. The goose will stand guard to protect her eggs until they hatch in about two weeks.

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Did council violate Open Meetings Law in D.C.?

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

An attorney for the North Carolina Press Association said he believes the Wilmington City Council violated the state Open Meetings Law when council members met over dinner three times last month while in Washington, D.C.

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