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Archive for December, 2011

Meteor shower peaks Wednesday night

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

The Geminid meteor shower will be close to its peak after midnight Dec. 14-15.

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Convention center LEED certified

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

Wilmington Convention Center was recognized for minimizing its environmental impacts.

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Woman dies in collision with teen

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

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NC Medicaid contract scrutinized by auditors

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

By GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — State auditors are questioning how a contract to overhaul and operate the claims processing system for North Carolina’s Medicaid program became bogged down with cost overruns and a nearly two-year delay.

State Auditor Beth Wood’s office is examining the state’s Medicaid Management Information System office and a $265 million contract awarded to Computer Sciences Corp. The project was supposed to operational this year. A draft of Wood’s report obtained by The Associated Press says the project now will be 22 months late and exceed initial cost estimates by $320 million.

The audit draft report says the Medicaid office did not appear to use controls to be reasonably assured the project would be on time and on budget.

State officials overseeing the project spoke Tuesday to a legislative committee.

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

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Sandusky attorney: ‘This is a fight to the death’

Tuesday, December 13th, 2011

By MARK SCOLFORO and MARYCLAIRE DALE
Associated Press

BELLEFONTE, PA (AP) — Jerry Sandusky’s lawyer says he will not negotiate a plea deal in his client’s child sex-abuse case.

Joseph Amendola spoke on the courthouse steps Tuesday after his client waived his preliminary hearing. Amendola says: “There will be no plea negotiations. This is a fight to the death.”

He also calls the decision to waive the hearing a “tactical measure.”

The decision moves Sandusky toward a trial on child sex-abuse charges. At least some of his 10 accusers had been expected to testify at Tuesday’s hearing.

The move was unexpected but not unusual.

At the hearings, prosecutors must show that they have probable cause to bring the case to trial. Prosecutors in this case were expected to meet that relatively low bar, in part because the case been through a grand jury.

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

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