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Archive for December, 2009

NC posts malpractice case settlements online

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina medical consumers can now check whether their doctor has been convicted of crimes or been sued for malpractice in cases that were settled or lost.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported Tuesday that the North Carolina Medical Board has expanded its Web site to include the data for its 35,000 licensed physicians and physician assistants.

Fewer than 1 percent have reported malpractice payments since May 2008, the starting date for the reporting requirement.

Doctors, hospitals and their insurers and defense lawyers objected to posting older malpractice data, prompting the General Assembly to set the threshold.

The Web site www.ncmedboard.org allows consumers to search by a doctor’s name or by city.

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

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North Carolina medical consumers can now check whether their doctor has been convicted of crimes or been sued for malpractice in cases that were settled or lost.

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Wreck blocks westbound lanes on Cape Fear Memorial Bridge

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

Traffic heading out of Wilmington on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is backed up this morning after an accident happened on the bridge, said a New Hanover County dispatcher.The dispatcher didn’t have information on any injuries or what caused the accident, but she said west-bound lanes on the bridge are blocked.

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Settlement reached in NC windy weather death

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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CHARLOTTE — The family of a North Carolina town official killed when a tree fell on her sport utility vehicle has reached a settlement with the city of Charlotte.

WSOC-TV reports Tuesday that officials and the family of assistant Matthews town manager Kay Plyler reached the agreement Monday afternoon, just before jury selection in a wrongful death
lawsuit was set to begin.

Plyler was killed when wind gusts propelled the tree onto her SUV in March 2008. Her daughter suffered minor injuries.

Attorneys for Plyler’s family say the city knew the tree had a decaying root system but didn’t warn people about the danger.

The settlement amount has not been released. Because it will be paid with taxpayer money, the figure needs city council approval.

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

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The family of a North Carolina town official killed when a tree fell on her sport utility vehicle has reached a settlement with the city of Charlotte.

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ABC board gave Williams $30,000 bonus

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

By Chris MazzoliniChris.Mazzolini@StarNewsOnline.com

In addition to his raise, Administrator Billy Williams received a $30,000 bonus for the 2008-09 budget year. His son, Assistant Administrator Bradley Williams, received a $20,000 bonus.

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Zhu Zhu Pets concerns, safety tips for toys this holiday

Tuesday, December 8th, 2009

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Zhu Zhu Pets were among the stars of Black Friday, as eager shoppers lined up to snag a must-have of the holiday season.

It wasn’t long before the toy hamsters sparked a different kind of frenzy. California consumer group Good Guide raised concerns about some of the toys carrying high levels of antimony; a potentially hazardous substance that can lead to heart and lung problems with prolonged exposure.

It’s a claim the toys’ manufacturer firmly disputed, calling the Good Guide method of testing inferior. Good Guide later said they used a different test than what the federal government uses for their standards.

Whether it’s a Zhu Zhu Pet or another item that tops your little one’s wish list, keep basic safety tips in mind before you buy.

The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends the following:
— Read labels and choose gifts that are age-appropriate for a child.
— Think large. Avoid toys with smaller parts that children can choke on.
— Look for sturdy construction, and parts that won’t easily break off. That way it’s less likely children will swallow parts, or choke on them.

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Concerns about one of the hottest toys of the holiday season stirred up a frenzy among parents whose kids are clamoring for the Zhu Zhu robotic hamsters. But no matter what toys you plan to give, there are some safety tips to keep in mind.

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