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Archive for July, 2009

Machine malfunction prompts health center to warn patients of blood-borne illnesses

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

By Vicky EckenrodeVicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

The New Hanover Community Health Center has sent out nearly 300 letters to patients to warn about the possibility of exposure to blood-borne viruses, though officials said the risk is low and can point to no specific case of exposure.

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Marino on Money: July 21

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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Is there any financial help for adoption?

As a parent of two adopted children, I always love to talk about adoption. There is a perception that adoption is expensive. In some cases, that is true, but it isn’t always the case.

Costs will depend on what type of adoption. There are private adoptions, foreign adoptions, or you can adopt children who are in foster care. Foreign adoptions are generally the most expensive, and may involve more than one trip to another country. Private adoptions, which can be done locally, require an attorney. Expenses can vary.

Here are some price ranges for adoption costs.

A child in foster care may cost between $0-$2,500. This is by far the least expensive way to adopt.

Adoption agencies may cost as little at $5,000.

Private or foreign adoptions may cost as little as $8,000.

Other than adopting a child in foster care, the total cost could reach tens of thousands.

You should also understand there is a cost beyond money. Adoption can take a long time, and the process can be emotionally challenging. While it is definitely worth it, you can’t exactly dial 1-800-Gimme-A-Baby and order one. It takes a little more work than that.

What should someone do if they want to adopt? I’ll discuss that on Wednesday.

If you have a financial question for Ross, you can use the Marino on Money page.

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videoAdopting a child is one of the biggest decisions in a parents life. In Tuesday’s Marino on Money, Ross Marino discusses several options and tells you what to expect financially.

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Kids take part in Safe Summer Program, interact with sheriffs

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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Kids had the chance Tuesday to interact with sheriff’s deputies out of uniform. The Safe Summer Program kicked off at Hugh MacRae Park. All week, deputies tag along with 50 kids to various activities.

The idea is to show them how to have a fun summer without drugs and violence, and is geared toward rising 6th graders who excelled in the DARE program. “It just keeps them out of the boredom of summer and great involvement with us – law enforcement. It lets them see that we are good guys, that we can fun and be crazy. It’s just an excellent program,” said Sheriff Ed McMahon.

During the week, kids will tour the sheriff’s department to learn about crime prevention and take a few field trips.

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Kids had the chance Tuesday to interact with sheriff’s deputies out of uniform. The Safe Summer Program kicked off at Hugh MacRae Park. All week, deputies tag along with 50 kids to various activities.

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NC court: Schools have no right to attorney fees

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina’s second-highest court has ruled that poor schools suing the state over education quality have no right to seek payment of their attorney fees.

The North Carolina Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that a lower court judge correctly denied payment of attorney fees to the five counties.

The lawsuit originally was filed in 1994 and a lower court judge has ordered the state to improve education quality in counties that lack sufficient funds for enhanced programs.

Lawyer fees have totaled about $2.5 million.

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

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North Carolina’s second-highest court has ruled that poor schools suing the state over education quality have no right to seek payment of their attorney fees.

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Here Now – Unruly late-night crowds give downtown Wilmington an ugly face

Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

By Si CantwellSi.Cantwell@StarNewsOnline.com

Si Cantwell did a Friday night ride-along with Cpl. Doug MacNeish to see what it’s like for police patrolling downtown on late weekend nights.

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