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Local family awaiting state’s decision on budget

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

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The state budget situation has created a lot of uncertainty, especially for a local family waiting to hear what lawmakers in Raleigh are going to do.

Max Weavil is completely disabled and if programs like Medicaid get cut, the Weavil family may be forced to pay thousands of dollars per month out of pocket for Max’s medication and supplies.

Many love Max Weavil III. He’s been disabled since he was one year old. At age 24, Max can’t walk, talk or feed himself.

“I love him, I adore my brother,” said Bambi Weavil. She is one of Max’s many angels.

Bambi Weavil is his older sister, and along with working full time, she helps her mom and dad take care of Max, 24 hours a day.

“If he’s sick, we know silently that he’s sick. He can’t tell us that he’s sick. We have to have visual cues,” Bambi said.

Max’s medication alone costs $3,000 a month.

It’s that medication that can save his life. “If something goes wrong, he could die. The medication is that critical. It keeps him from having seizures,” Bambi explained.

If state lawmakers decide to cut their budget by reducing Medicaid and caregiver funding, the Weavil family may be forced to pay out of pocket for Max’s therapy, medication and all sorts of equipment like his wheelchair.

“The stress financially on us to make it affordable would be outrageous,” Bambi said.

It’s the caregiver funding allocation that is so crucial to the Weavils.

The state anticipates having to cut more than two billion dollars from Education and Health and Human Services alone.

Lawmakers are set to discuss what exactly to cut on July 16th.

Until then, the Weavils are waiting patiently for another angel to help save Max.

The program that allows the Weavil’s to stay home and take care of Max is called the Community Alternatives Program for Persons with Developmental Disabilities. It aims to help disabled people find treatment rather than be institutionalized.

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videoThe state budget situation has created a lot of uncertainty, especially for a local family waiting to hear what lawmakers in Raleigh are going to do.

Max Weavil is completely disabled and if programs like Medicaid get cut, the Weavil family may be forced to pay thousands of dollars per month out of pocket for Max’s medication and supplies.

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Carolina Beach Road reopens after fatal accident

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

A fatal wreck blocked Carolina Beach Road between Burnett and Shipyard boulevards for nearly six hours on Thursday.

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City eyes riverfront land for new park

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

By Patrick GannonPatrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

City of Wilmington officials are contemplating the purchase of a large piece of land on the Northeast Cape Fear River for a park.

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Pender County crack dealer gets 27-year sentence

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

By David ReynoldsDave.Reynolds@StarNewsOnline.com

A U.S. District Court judge in Raleigh sentenced Kunta Kenta Redd on Wednesday for convictions on cocaine-dealing charges.

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Wilmington crack dealer sentenced to prison

Thursday, July 9th, 2009

By Jim WareJim.Ware@StarNewsOnline.com

Raleigh | A 36-year-old Wilmington man was sentenced to nine and a half years in federal prison this week after pleading guilty to cocaine charges.

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