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Archive for September, 2011

Visitors can return to Ocracoke Island

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

SWAN QUARTER, NC (AP) — Visitors are being allowed to return
to Ocracoke Island as it continues to recover from Hurricane Irene.

Hyde County manager Mazie Smith says the state of emergency is
being lifted for the island on North Carolina’s Outer Banks
effective at 5 p.m. Wednesday.

Smith says traffic will be allowed on the remote island from
ferry routes through Cedar Island and Swan Quarter.

Officials warn that crews are still working to repair damage
from last month’s storm.

They also point out that rip currents associated with Hurricane
Katia are expected Wednesday through Friday. Katia is expected to
remain well off-shore, but there is the possibility of additional
beach erosion or flood roads at high tide.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Fewer Medicare Part D enrollees hit coverage gap

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

By The Associated Press

The Kaiser Family Foundation says fewer Medicare prescription drug plan enrollees are falling into a coverage gap known as the doughnut hole in which they pay the full cost of their prescriptions.

The foundation says 19 percent of Medicare Part D beneficiaries hit that gap in 2009, the latest year for which figures are available. That compares to 26 percent in 2007. Kaiser says increased availability of cheaper generic drugs may be behind the drop.

A total of 29 million people are enrolled in a Medicare prescription drug plan. Enrollees and their drug plans share costs up to a certain amount each year. Then the enrollee pays the full cost for prescriptions before becoming eligible for catastrophic coverage, where the plan resumes paying and covers 95 percent of the bill.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Catholic Diocese of Raleigh plans new cathedral

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

RALEIGH, NC (WWAY) — The Catholic Diocese of Raleigh today announced plans for a new Cathedral Campus in the capital city.

WTVD in Raleigh says the campus would be built near Western Blvd. and Centennial Parkway. It would include a 2,000 seat cathedral estimated to cost $75-90 million.

The diocese comprises 54 counties in eastern North Carolina, serving nearly 500,000 Catholics.

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Agreement reached to repair road in Hampstead’s Olde Point area

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

A bank and neighborhood associations came together to pay for repairs to Ravenswood Road Extension, a private road full of holes that residents said were dangerous.

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Schools adjust sexual assault policies for new federal guidelines

Wednesday, September 7th, 2011

Schools across the country have revamped their sexual assault response policies in the wake of new federal guidelines issued earlier this year.

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