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Archive for September, 2009

Man charged with stabbing his brother

Friday, September 4th, 2009

By Shannan BowenShannan.Bowen@StarNewsOnline.com

One man is recovering in New Hanover Regional Medical Center’s intensive care unit, while his brother is in custody on charges of stabbing him.

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Pender County Courthouse set for $400,000 renovation

Friday, September 4th, 2009

By Veronica GonzalezVeronica.Gonzalez@StarNewsOnline.com

Starting next week, the courthouse will seal off half the entrances to the public and install metal detectors at the main public door. The renovations also will expand inmate holding cells and public restrooms.

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Parents allowed to have students skip Obama speech at local schools

Friday, September 4th, 2009

By Chelsea KellnerChelsea.Kellner@StarNewsOnline.com

Controversy over President Barack Obama’s upcoming address to school children has reached local schools, where families are being given the chance to have their children opt out of the broadcast.

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More NC companies behind on unemployment tax

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — North Carolina companies are falling behind on paying unemployment insurance taxes, meaning laid-off employees are waiting longer for unemployment checks or not getting them at all.

The Charlotte Observer reported Friday that more than 11,300 businesses statewide were delinquent as of the end of the June, owing $13.5 million. That’s about 6 percent of the businesses that contribute the payroll taxes that fund jobless benefits.

The delinquency also affects the North Carolina Employment Security Commission, which must borrow more from the federal government.

North Carolina’s unemployment rate in July was 11 percent, the sixth consecutive month the number hovered above the previous historic high. Before this year, the state’s highest unemployment rate was 9.7 percent in March 1983.

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

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North Carolina companies are falling behind on paying unemployment insurance taxes, meaning laid-off employees are waiting longer for unemployment checks or not getting them at all.

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NC dental clinic to close next week

Friday, September 4th, 2009

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LUMBERTON, N.C. — A dental clinic in southeastern North Carolina that provides care for 1,500 patients is scheduled to close next week because of financial losses.

The Fayetteville Observer reported that the C.I. Smith Dental Clinic in Lumberton is scheduled to close Thursday. The clinic cares for low-income families in Robeson and surrounding counties.

CEO Jinnie Lowery says the clinic lost $205,000 last year. At least 60 percent of the clients are uninsured or are on Medicaid.

The clinic is working with U.S. Rep. Mike McIntyre’s office, the Office of Rural Health and Community Care, and several foundations to try to remain open.

In addition to the financial problems, Lowery says the clinic’s dentist plans to leave Thursday.

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

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A dental clinic in southeastern North Carolina that provides care for 1,500 patients is scheduled to close next week because of financial losses.

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