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Archive for October, 2009

Still on the Job, but Making Only Half as Much

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

LOUIS UCHITELLE

Pay cuts are occurring more frequently than at any time since the Great Depression.

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Patients didn’t consent to UNC study later hacked

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

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CHAPEL HILL — Patients receiving letters warning their personal information may have been stolen by a hacker have been surprised to learn they were involved in the University of North Carolina medical study.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Wednesday that federal guidelines requiring patients to approve the sharing of personal data are often waived for a big medical study.

Many women learned that their radiologists submitted data for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill research only when the school sent letters on the computer breach.

University officials say there is no evidence that any data were downloaded. As many as 160,000 patient files may have been exposed, including 114,000 Social Security numbers. The school says it doesn’t know who the hacker is.

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

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Patients receiving letters warning their personal information may have been stolen by a hacker have been surprised to learn they were involved in the University of North Carolina medical study.

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NC video poker machine ban judged by appeals court

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

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RALEIGH — A North Carolina appeals court is next to decide whether the General Assembly can ban video poker machines while leaving in place an exception for the Cherokee Indians.

A three-member panel of the state Court of Appeals is scheduled to hear arguments Wednesday from attorneys for the state and a video poker machine vendor.

Wake County Judge Howard Manning in February overturned the 2006 law that banned the machines everywhere but the Cherokee casino in the mountains. The Legislature passed the prohibition after regulating legal machines for 13 years.

Manning placed a stay on his ruling so machines didn’t become legal again.

State attorneys have argued the ban is constitutional.

A ruling by the appeals court panel isn’t expected for months.

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

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A North Carolina appeals court is next to decide whether the General Assembly can ban video poker machines while leaving in place an exception for the Cherokee Indians.

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Duke Energy makes rate increase deal on NC power

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — Duke Energy has reached agreement with North Carolina’s utility consumer advocate on how much to increase electricity rates in the state.

The Charlotte Observer reported Wednesday the two sides won’t describe the deal until final details are worked out next week.

Duke Energy wanted an overall increase of nearly 13 percent for its nearly 2 million North Carolina customers. It would be the Charlotte power company’s first general rate increase since 1991.

The North Carolina Utilities Commission’s Public Staff said that Duke deserved only an overall increase of about 5 percent.

The Public Staff represents consumers. The Utilities Commission’s board must approve rate increases.

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

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Duke Energy has reached agreement with North Carolina’s utility consumer advocate on how much to increase electricity rates in the state.

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Wilmington mayoral candidates face questions at forum tonight

Wednesday, October 14th, 2009

We ask the candidates your questions at the second of two StarNews-WHQR-WECT candidate forums, tonight, 7-8 p.m. at WHQR studios. Listen live to Mayor Bill Saffo and challenger Paul Knight at 91.3 FM.

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