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Archive for May, 2009

Holiday travel expected to be busy at ILM

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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Many travelers will be flying to their holiday destination. Things were running smoothly at ILM Friday, thanks to cooperative weather. The airlines expect Friday and Memorial Day to be the busiest travel days.

ILM Director of Operations Gary Broughton said heavy travel will continue during the weekend, but there are still seats available on those weekend flights. While the airport is busy, its still business as usual. “This is not the size or the holiday travel that we normally get say on Thanksgiving, but it is fairly heavy traffic,” Broughton said.

Broughton added that the busy holiday travel is expected to continue through Wednesday.

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Many travelers will be flying to their holiday destination. Things were running smoothly at ILM Friday, thanks to cooperative weather.

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Lawsuit accuses Wilmington hospital of violating disabilities act

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

A federal worker protection agency filed a lawsuit Friday against New Hanover Regional Medical Center, accusing the hospital of illegally blocking workers who take prescription narcotics.

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Mixed news comes from city council budget meeting

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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Good and bad news coming out of city council’s proposed budget meeting Friday. No city employees will be losing their jobs, but cuts will be made elsewhere.

City council has eliminated more than 30 unfilled positions within the city. They offered early retirement to eligible employees, and already 36 people have taken them up on it. That is going to save tax payers more than a million dollars. “In times like this, there is always a silver lining in every dark cloud,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo. “It gives us an opportunity as a city government to look at how we do business.”

Another money saver; the city decided to postpone some road work until after the 2010 fiscal year.

The city manager is now asking each department to look at five, ten and fifteen percent reduction plans.

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Good and bad news coming out of city council’s proposed budget meeting Friday. No city employees will be losing their jobs, but cuts will be made elsewhere.

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Unwelcome visitors invade Salvation Army

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

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A local shelter has some very unwelcome residents – bed bugs. The Salvation Army has been trying to get rid of them, but some residents said, that can’t happen soon enough.

Eleven-year-old Edwin Benitez is covered with bites. Bed bug bites from staying at the Salvation Army. They first appeared a week ago. “It feels humiliating and frightening,” said Edwin.

Benitez’s mom, Christine Powell, said she has tried to get the problem solved, including taking her son to the hospital for treatment and notifying the staff at the Salvation Army. “They told me they’ve been dealing with this for the last five years maybe more,” said Powell.

The Salvation Army officials said the problem started two and a half months ago. In that time, exterminators have sprayed, residents clothes have been washed, and beds sanitized. “We’re doing everything that we possibly can do. We’ve even shut down for a week so we can take out all the mattresses bought all new mattresses,” said Salvation Army’s Maj. Butch Mallard.

Mallard said $10,000 has been spent on getting rid of the bugs, but the problem is the shelter has wooden beds and the bugs live in the frames. The solution would be new metal frames, but there’s no funding. “We’re still trying to handle the problem and we don’t want to have to cut other services but the big thing is we have a need for the metal beds and we don’t have $12,000 to buy the metal beds,” added Mallard.

Christine Powell said its not enough. “It makes me sick. I want to leave, but I have no where else to go.”

According to a doctor at New Hanover Regional Medical Center, there are no long term negative health effects to bed bug bites. However, scratching the bites can leave skin susceptible to infection if they’re not treated.

Bed bugs are usually treated with a topical cream or anti-histamine.

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videoA local shelter has some very unwelcome residents – bed bugs. The Salvation Army has been trying to get rid of them, but some residents said, that can’t happen soon enough.

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UPDATE: N.C. 211 reopens after wreck near Brunswick-Columbus line

Friday, May 22nd, 2009

N.C. 211 in Brunswick County near the Columbus County line has reopened after being closed for more than an hour following a wreck. At least one person was airlifted to a hospital just before 3 p.m. Friday from the wreck.

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