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Archive for August, 2009

Midwife options few for local pregnant women after Wilmington practice ends program

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

By Vicky Eckenrode, Vicky.Eckenrode@StarNewsOnline.com

A Wilmington practice’s decision to end its midwifery program has some pregnant patients concerned about where they will find the same care locally.Carolina OB/GYN has ended its program with two certified nurse midwives. One is still working, transitioning the patients.

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State budget about ready for approval

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

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The much-delayed state budget is ready for the Governor’s signature. After weeks of going back and forth, the House and Senate cast their final votes. Governor Perdue says she will approve the budget by the end of the week.

The budget proposal itself is more than two hundred pages long, and buried in all that verbiage are cuts and gains that will affect us right here in our area.

There is good and bad news coming out of this year’s state budget.

Here’s the good news first, although it is brief.

The state’s probation and parole department, struggling for some time to keep up with increasing caseloads, may catch a break.

Part of the budget proposal states that this department may hire more officers, and an additional supervisor.

That means officers will be able to keep better track of their offenders.

“The kinds of things that will help them become better citizens, to be successful at probation, that will give them more time to assess the risk that the offenders pose to the community,” said Community Corrections Manager Jean Walker.

Now to the bad news.

Part of the budget will cut forty million dollars from the care of mental health, substance abuse, and physically disabled clients.

Funding will also be reduced for community mental health services, much like crisis centers and group therapy.

Another surprising cutback will affect more than a dozen female inmates in our area.

The Wilmington Residential Home is a rehabilitation facility to help female offenders get back on their feet. Their doors will be closed as of September first.

The women and staff will be transferred to other facilities in the state.

“We’re going to be strung out in different places, its not going to be the same, it’s just sad,” said program supervisor Christina Dillon.

The most staggering news coming out of the new budget that will most likely affect everyone is the tax hike.

Sales tax will increase one percent starting September first.

To some, that may seem insignificant, but even a dime here and there can add up.

The budget also targets folks with vices. People who smoke tobacco and drink malt liquor will see a tax increase.

Frank Bullara, owner of Bugsy’s cigars in Leland says the state is shaking up an industry that’s already struggling.

“Let me tell you, a ten percent tobacco tax I can eat that, I can absorb a ten percent tobacco tax. Thirty-one percent, I have to pass on to my consumer,” Bullara said.

The idea behind hiking up sales and “sin” taxes is to make up for the decline in revenue in our state.

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videoThe much-delayed state budget is ready for the Governor’s signature. After weeks of going back and forth, the House and Senate cast their final votes. Governor Perdue says she will approve the budget by the end of the week.

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UNCW is pleased with donations, named one of best colleges

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

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Despite the economic downturn, people still seem inclined to give to their alma mater. That is the case for UNC Wilmington.

The school received $11.2 million in donations. That is 19 percent lower than last year, but still much more than university officials expected.

The Princeton Review has once again named UNCW one of the best colleges and universities in the southeast. This is the 6th year in a row the school has made the list.

The Princeton Review takes into account the universities’ academic programs, and results of student surveys.

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Despite the economic downturn, people still seem inclined to give to their alma mater. That is the case for UNC Wilmington.

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Mothers-to-be concerned about midwives

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

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Mothers-to-be in the Cape Fear region are asking where their midwives are.

Women who used the two certified nurse midwives at Carolina OB/GYN were surprised to recently find out the midwife service there is no longer available.

Many of these women are due any day, and say they were relying on the personal relationship they’ve established with the midwives, and were looking forward to them being part of the births.

They say they were told they’ll be seen by any of the eight doctors at the practice, but that’s not what some want. “When I first got the news, I was just kind of angry,” said mother-to-be Jody Berry. “I felt betrayed. I established a really wonderful relationship with both of the midwives I was using.”

WWAY received a statement from Wilmington Health Associates, the parent company of Carolina OB/GYN. It said the decision to get rid of the midwife services was based solely on operational requirements, not financial or quality issues.

When asked, nobody would elaborate on what exactly operational requirements means.

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Mothers-to-be in the Cape Fear region are asking where their midwives are.

Women who used the two certified nurse midwives at Carolina OB/GYN were surprised to recently find out the midwife service there is no longer available.

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Budget includes funding for CFCC Marine Tech program

Wednesday, August 5th, 2009

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Cape Fear Community College can rest a little easier. The state has included funding for the Marine Technology offshore training program in the new budget.

Funding for a new research vessel is not a possibility at this time, but as of now, all funding to operate their current training vessels, including the RV Dan Moore has been restored,

CFCC marine program leaders did not want to comment until the budget is officially signed by the governor.

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Cape Fear Community College can rest a little easier. The state has included funding for the Marine Technology offshore training program in the new budget.

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