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Archive for June, 2009

Pros and cons of public healthcare

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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The health care debate affects all of us. UNCW nursing professor Kae Livsey broke down some of the pros and cons of the public option. The pros include government buying power reducing costs and enhanced coverage can help contain out of control costs.

Livsey said some of the concerns of public healthcare are that it would steal customers away from the private plans and reductions in payments to providers may limit your choice of provider.

“It’s a travesty that there are people in the United States that can’t get access to any healthcare. Now that being said, I also think the elephant in the room is that there is no way to do anything about healthcare without addressing the reality that you have to ration at some point, we already ration healthcare,” Livsey said.

According to the Kaiser Foundation, North Carolina ranks among the top 15 states in the number of uninsured people, with 21 percent of the population without health insurance.

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The health care debate affects all of us. UNCW nursing professor Kae Livsey broke down some of the pros and cons of the public option.

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Construction begins on Wilmington’s newest park

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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The city of Wilmington is set to begin construction on what will be one of its largest parks.

On Wednesday, a ground-breaking ceremony was held at the future site of Olsen Park, off Murrayville Road.

The park is a joint city-county project funded by the 2006 Parks and Greenspace Bond.

Some of the highlights of the new park will be five softball fields, a picnic shelter and a playground.

“One of the reasons that a lot of people move into our community is because of quality of life and we want to continue having a good quality of life and one of those mainstays is recreation facilities,” said Mayor Bill Saffo.

The park should be ready for people to enjoy early next year.

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The city of Wilmington is set to begin construction on what will be one of its largest parks.

On Wednesday, a ground-breaking ceremony was held at the future site of Olsen Park.

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Cape Fear Public Utility Authority rejects rate structure change

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

By Chris Mazzolini,Chris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority board on Wednesday voted down a proposal to amend the rate structure and provide financial relief for customers who use lots of water.

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Cape Fear Pride Burgaw: Pender County Courthouse

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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This week, our Cape Fear Pride series wraps up the month in Burgaw. Burgaw Middle School student Savanah Hauge gives us a closer look at the Pender County Courthouse in the heart of this historic town.

The County Commissioners accepted fifty acres of land for a town site in March 1878. Pender County’s first courthouse, located in Burgaw in 1883, was an old two-story wooden building, which had served as a store and a school building. On July 4th, 1885 the corner stone of the courthouse was laid and the citizens erected a new courthouse. This building was dismantled and on November 7, 1937 with an elaborate celebration and many attending.

The courthouse square is beautifully landscaped and neatly maintained. The courthouse is a three-story brick veneered Georgian Revival building. This style was inspired by an interest in American Colonial architecture. The H-shaped structure is composed of a hipped roofed main block with projecting gable-roofed wings. You can enter the building from four directions using the diagonal walkways and is symmetrical on the site.

Inside the ground floor offices are divided by wide cross-halls, which meet in an octagonal circulation area. The courtroom, located on the second floor is a large rectangular chamber with a gently arched ceiling and tall arched windows. A rear balcony has been enclosed.

In Burgaw, the estate-like site, as much as the building itself, make the courthouse a memorable landmark.

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videoThis week, our Cape Fear Pride series wraps up the month in Burgaw. Burgaw Middle School student Savanah Hauge gives us a closer look at the Pender County Courthouse in the heart of this historic town.

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NC’s Hagan to introduce bill on financial literacy

Wednesday, June 24th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan’s first bill will promote financial literacy.

The Democratic lawmaker started work on Capitol Hill in January. She is planning to speak with reporters Wednesday as she introduces her first measure.

The bill would create grants for states that agree to include financial literacy material into curriculum for students from sixth grade to 12th grade.

Hagan wrote a bill in the state Senate that required financial literacy education in North Carolina public schools.

She has said those skills are more important than ever because of the economic recession.

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

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North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan’s first bill will promote financial literacy.

The Democratic lawmaker started work on Capitol Hill in January. She is planning to speak with reporters Wednesday as she introduces her first measure.

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