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Archive for October, 2011

NC Medicaid reductions getting focus of lawmakers

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina’s Medicaid program is struggling to reach $356 million in cuts required by the state
budget written by the Republican-led General Assembly.

Officials in Democratic Gov. Bev Perdue’s administration were expected Thursday to tell the Legislature’s chief government
oversight committee why the program faces a nearly $140 million cash shortfall this year.

The state Department of Health and Human Services says in a presentation posted on the committee’s web page that regulatory
approval delays, slow enrollment for managed care and outstanding federal government repayments are contributing to the shortfall.

GOP lawmakers have said state regulators should press the Obama administration to approve more quickly state changes to the
Medicaid plan to accelerate savings.

Perdue vetoed the budget that contained the Medicaid cuts. The Legislature overrode the veto.

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

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Local photographer finalist in contest

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY)– Out of 6,000 pictures Mike Melnotte’s photo of his daughter has won his category and made the final six in the 2011 Energizer Ultimate Photo Contest.

Melnotte says the competition has been a fun ride.

“Pictures of your kids, you always think there is something special to those,” says Mike. “There was just something about the fact that such a small creature was involved that kind of added a little bit extra and having her hold still, the angle was a little bit different. So it’s just something nice that came together.”

The picture is of his daughter Rachel Melnotte, who has a lady-bug crawling across the frame of her glasses. It won the family and community category of the contest and for that Mike received a $1,000 package including camera equipment. His family may be eyeing a little more.

“I’ve been like, really excited,” says Rachel. “I’ve always had this big dream of being on TV, or in a newspaper or magazine or something. It’s just really exciting for me to probably be in a magazine and I really hope my Dad will win.”

If they win, Rachel’s face will be in an Energizer add in National Geographic magazine. They also will receive a trip for two to either Alaska, Morocco or Bhutan. Carol Melnotte is hoping to perhaps get a little sun.

“I’m hoping for Morocco,” says Carol.

Their fate is now in the hands of National Geographic photographer Jim Richardson who judges the final six contestants.

Regardless of whatever happens, the Melnotte’s feel pretty blessed.

“Being chosen was great, having won the category is even better, if I can go even further with the grand prize that would be fantastic but we’ll see,” added Mike.

Final results for the contest will come in November.

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The Mizrabel Kids in Monster Mash Mansion at Thalian Hall

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

WILMINGTON NC (WWAY) — A local show is causing a stir at Thalian Hall. The Mizrabel Kids in Monster Mash Mansion, is a mostly funny musical, the local production is directed by Cherri McKay it is playing now at the Studio Theater upstairs at Thalian. It is quite a play with a large cast of characters.

Aimee Schooley tells us about it. “A lot of kids are involved in this show, I think we go from ages six to fifteen and this is the Wilmington’s got talent show, this is It.”

The audience seemed to love the show, and while the staging is just a little spooky, it has a lot of laughs and a musical number or two. It’s fine for all ages.

You can catch the Mizrabel Kids Thursday at 7:30, Friday at 8 and Saturday and Sunday at 3.

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Sources: Governor could announce ‘Iron Man 3’ in Wilmington Thursday

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Wilmington will host an iron man triathlon this weekend, but it could also soon be home to the latest edition of the “Iron Man” movie franchise.

Sources tell our affiliate station WTVD in Raleigh “Iron Man 3” will likely film in Wilmington and an announcement could come as early as tomorrow. Sources say the deal has not been signed yet, but could be a done deal soon. Gov. Bev Perdue is expected to be in Wilmington tomorrow, but an announcement on the movie deal is not a certainty.

The project has been rumored to be headed for Wilmington for more than a month, after first being reported by the website LatinoReview.com, which cited sources inside Screen Gems Studios. The Detroit Free Press then reported that the Michigan Film Office said the Wolverine State had lost out on the production because of North Carolina’s improved film incentives.

Gov. Perdue is unlikely to announce the possibility of an announcement until all the details are finalized. Perdue’s first visit to Wilmington as governor, on April 1, 2009, was marred by the last-minute cancellation of her planned announcement that Screen Gems Studios would be home to the shooting of the Nicholas Sparks/Miley Cyrus film “The Last Song.” At the last minute, the deal fell through when producers decided to take the production, set in Wrightsville Beach, to the coast of Georgia, because of that state’s better incentives. Perdue later called that her “most humbling day” as governor.

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Police searching for shirtless man

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

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