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Archive for March, 2012

Doctor sentenced to supervised probation

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

David Dyer pleaded guilty to attempting to traffic opiates and prescribing controlled substances without a legitimate medical purpose

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VOTE 2012: Palombo hopes to unseat Congressional incumbent in newly expanded 3rd District

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

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Thanks to redistricting, our area will be served by two members of the US House of Representatives. Much of Pender County and part of Wilmington are now in the 3rd Congressional District. Rep. Walter Jones has held that seat for 18 years, but this year he has a challenge in the Republican primary from former New Bern Police Chief Frank Palombo. Today Palombo discussed why he believes Congress needs term limits and why folks in our area should not feel marginalized in their new district.

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CFPUA floats five-percent rate hike

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new year may mean more money on your Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Bill. But is an increase worth it or just money down the drain?

The CFPUA Board is considering a five-percent increase to fees for water and sewer services. That would average out to about six dollars more on your bi-monthly bill.

The board discussed the increase at today’s meeting, but it will not make any decisions until its April meeting. Members say the increase is to pay for projects in Wilmington that were part of the 2012 budget, like the 3rd Street Improvement Project.

Although many customers have complained about rate increases, no one signed up to speak at today’s public hearing. CFPUA Board members say the lack of opposition makes them feel like they’re on the right track.

“That tells me one of two things: either they don’t care, or they think we’re doing a good job, and they understand that the rate increases that we’ve had to implement were something that was needed and not something that came from a whim by this board,” CFPUA Board member and Wilmington City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark said.

Rivenbark says he knows not everyone is pleased with the increase, but those people do not usually show up to voice their opinion to the board.

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CFPUA discussing where to apply five-percent rate hike

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A new year will mean more money on your Cape Fear Public Utility Authority Bill. But is an increase worth it or just money down the drain?

The CFPUA Board today discussed how to apply a five-percent increase to fees for water and sewer services. That would average out to about six dollars more on your bi-monthly bill.

The board discussed the increase at today’s meeting, but it will not be applied to bills until July. Members say the increase is to pay for projects in Wilmington that were part of the 2012 budget, like the 3rd Street Improvement Project.

Although many customers have complained about rate increases, no one signed up to speak at today’s public hearing. CFPUA Board members say the lack of opposition makes them feel like they’re on the right track.

“That tells me one of two things: either they don’t care, or they think we’re doing a good job, and they understand that the rate increases that we’ve had to implement were something that was needed and not something that came from a whim by this board,” CFPUA Board member and Wilmington City Councilman Charlie Rivenbark said.

Rivenbark says he knows not everyone is pleased with the increase, but those people do not usually show up to voice their opinion to the board.

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Looming deadline could force thousands from assisted living facilities

Wednesday, March 14th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A deadline is looming that could force thousands of people living in adult care homes out on the streets. North Carolina has until April 30 to come up with a new way to distribute Medicaid payments to people living in group homes and private homes.

Nearly 130 people stay at Champions Assisted Living in New Hanover County. A handful of them could soon be searching for a new place to live.

“As a provider, we don’t know what that means for us. We don’t know how to prepare for it,” Champions CEO Charles Long said.

Long recently learned about the federally-imposed April 30 deadline. At issue is how North Carolina distributes Medicaid payments to people who live at home but still get help with with some personal care services such as dressing and bathing versus those who live in an assisted living facility. Treating them differently violates federal rules.

“They’re coming to us to say you need to have the same system for both scenarios when they approved us doing it differently 10-12 years ago, and the state is struggling to find a way to do it this time because it’s like apples and oranges,” said Peggy Smith with the North Carolina Assisted Living Association.

Smith says if the deadline is not extended, about 11,000 frail and elderly group home residents could be on the street.

“The bigger concern is where will they go?” Smith said. “It’s one thing to discharge, which is difficult, but if you’re not being paid to care for them, then you don’t have a choice. In many cases, they don’t have another option.”

Long hopes the state will get an extension until January 1. In the meantime, his staff is letting patients and their families know what could be coming in just a few weeks.

“But we are trying not to overly excite them and letting them know we will work with them and help them find appropriate placement if we’re not able to provide the service,” Long said.

The state is working to get an extension. If not North Carolina group homes will lose about $414 million in Medicaid payments.

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