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Archive for February, 2012

Obama: Birth control policy meets everyone’s needs

Friday, February 10th, 2012

By BEN FELLER
AP White House Correspondent

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama declared Friday he’s found a solution that will protect religious liberty but also ensure that women have access to free birth control, as he rushed to defuse an election-year political uproar that threatened to overtake his administration.

Capping weeks of growing controversy, Mr. Obama announced he was backing off a newly announced requirement for religious employers to provide free birth control coverage even if it runs counter to their religious beliefs. Instead, workers at such institutions will be able to get free birth control coverage directly from health insurance companies.

“Religious liberty will be protected and a law that requires free preventative care will not discriminate against women,” Mr. Obama said in a brief appearance in the White House briefing room.

“I understand some folks in Washington want to treat this as another political wedge issue. But it shouldn’t be. I certainly never saw it that way,” Mr. Obama said. “This is an issue where people of good will on both sides of the debate have been sorting through some very complicated questions.”

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Wilmington actress talks about life, recent success

Friday, February 10th, 2012

Maddie Hasson, a New Bern native who has called Wilmington home most of her life, plays Willa.

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Brunswick County officials urged to consider broad range of incentives

Friday, February 10th, 2012

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2008 Edwards campaign defends 2011 spending

Friday, February 10th, 2012

By MICHAEL BIESECKER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — A lawyer for John Edwards is defending his campaign’s 2011 spending, saying the expenses were related to last year’s criminal probe of the former presidential candidate and a federal audit.

Patricia A. Fiori said none of the $836,712 in expenses disclosed last week went to Edwards or his criminal defense team.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday that the Federal Election Commission says the former North Carolina senator owes taxpayers more than $2.1 million in public matching funds improperly received after he dropped his 2008 run for the White House.

That FEC audit is separate from the criminal case in which Edwards faces six counts related to campaign finance violations over money paid by wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress during the 2008 race. Edwards has pleaded not guilty.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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Soles in critical condition at NHRMC

Friday, February 10th, 2012

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