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Archive for December, 2009

Many hungry for food assistance

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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With more people out of work, thousands are asking the Department of Social Services for help paying their grocery bills.

New Hanover County DSS says they get an average of 60 new applications for food assistance each day. Given the lagging economy no one seems surprised by the big increases.

“It helps out people, so I wouldn’t be shocked if a lot of people come down here and get food stamps,” said Latresc Williams.

With a struggling economy and unemployment hovering in the double digits more and more people are asking for food stamps. At the New Hanover and Brunswick County Departments of Social Services, the applications increased more than 25 percent from last year. “We know that the need is there so we try to process them as quickly as possible,” said Mary John Brantley.

Brantley runs the food and nutrition services program for New Hanover County. She says new Hanover County Social Services recently received 81 applications in one day.

Individual case workers oversee almost seven hundred cases each. “I’ve never seen the case loads that large, no sir,” Brantley said. “The pressure is on to get the cases processed.”

Making things even harder, DSS is working with a reduced staff thanks to layoffs, but those receiving benefits say DSS continues to meet the demand in a timely manner.

“It works pretty good. They’re pretty fast paced and just willing to get you in and get you right back out,” Williams said.

Individual benefits range from ten to three hundred dollars per month. Regardless of how much they receive, those getting the benefits say they couldn’t imagine trying to get by without the help.

“I would be in a worse predicament, trying to find money for me and my kids to eat,” Williams said.

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With more people out of work, thousands are asking the Department of Social Services for help paying their grocery bills.

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Perdue: NC well-positioned for economic recovery

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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RALEIGH — Gov. Beverly Perdue says North Carolina is well-positioned for the nation’s economic recovery.

Perdue said Tuesday the state is facing another budget shortfall of $400 million because of weak tax collections. She says that can be handled without much effort because she already ordered state agencies to hold back five percent of what the budget authorized them to spend.

The governor has concerns about the long-term economic future, questioning whether the state will get a cut of the growing online retail market. She also questioned whether the federal government would leave states with unfunded mandates.

Perdue says she thinks the nation is on its way out of the recession but faces a slow recovery.

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

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Gov. Beverly Perdue says North Carolina is well-positioned for the nation’s economic recovery.

Perdue said Tuesday the state is facing another budget shortfall of $400 million because of weak tax collections.

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Woman’s purse snatched at downtown parking deck

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

A woman’s purse was snatched from her shoulder by a group of men in a downtown parking deck Monday night.

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Help pours in as more learn of Kure Beach family’s plight

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

By Amanda Hutcheson,Citydesk@StarNewsOnline.com

When a Kure Beach couple and their three sons faced a job layoff and recurring cancer, the local community rallied around them. But as word of the family’s crisis spread beyond the island town, so did the support.

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NC court backs video poker ban off Cherokee land

Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

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RALEIGH — North Carolina’s appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that could have again allowed video poker machines to operate statewide.

The ruling Tuesday by the state Court of Appeals supports an agreement that gives the state’s Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians the sole right to operate gambling games on tribal land. The
Cherokees operate a casino on their reservation that employs hundreds of people and provides each tribal member with thousands of dollars of income per year.

Wake County Superior Court Judge Howard Manning ruled in February that a video poker law approved by the General Assembly in 2006 violated federal law excluding the tribe’s casino from a state ban.

The state law was passed in reaction to real and perceived corruption linked to video poker operators.

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

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North Carolina’s appeals court has overturned a lower court ruling that could have again allowed video poker machines to operate statewide.

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