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Archive for March, 2012

Lower death risk seen with heart bypass surge

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

AP Chief Medical Writer

CHICAGO (AP) — Older patients with clogged heart arteries may face a little lower death risk over time if they have bypass operations instead of angioplasty and stents to fix the problem.

Researchers compared these approaches using Medicare records on 190,000 patients, the largest study ever of this issue. Death rates were similar one year after either treatment, but lower after four years among those who had bypass surgery.

Doctors say differences in the overall health of people referred to surgery versus the less drastic procedure could account for some of the results. They say angioplasty remains a good and safe option for many people.

Results were discussed Tuesday at a cardiology conference in Chicago.

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

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Tillis: NC gay marriage ban likely to be reversed

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Republican House Speaker Thom Tillis is standing by a prediction that the proposed amendment to the North Carolina Constitution banning same-sex marriage will be approved by voters, only to be reversed within a generation.

Opponents of the ban have seized on Tillis’ comments, which were made Monday before a student group at North Carolina State University and first reported by Technician, the campus newspaper.

Tillis was quoted as predicting Amendment One will pass with about 54 percent of the vote, but will be repealed within 20 years because young people are more supportive of marriage rights for same sex couples.

Tillis spokesman Jordan Shaw confirmed the speaker’s comments were accurately reported. Shaw said Tillis still supports the GOP-backed measure, which he voted to put on the May 8 primary ballot.

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

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Winston-Salem seeks sale of 2 sports venues

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

WINSTON-SALEM, NC (AP) — Winston-Salem officials are determined to sell two city-owned sports arenas to universities in town.

The Winston-Salem Journal reports city officials say they’ll aggressively pursue negotiations with Wake Forest University and Winston-Salem State University about selling Joel Coliseum and Bowman Gray Stadium.

Assistant city manager Martha Wheelock says neither school has made a written purchase offer, but each has expressed interest. Wheelock says the city would save about $1.6 million a year in operating costs and debt payments by selling the buildings.

Wake Forest plays its basketball games in Joel Coliseum, which has been appraised at about $37 million. Bowman Gray Stadium hosts Winston-Salem State football games in the fall and stock car races each Saturday through the spring and summer. It’s valued at about $10 million.

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

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Military planes, but no known secret base, at local airport

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

During World War II, the airport was a training base for P-47 Thunderbolt pilots.

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Grooms: Decision to drive was “worst decision” of life; live updates via Twitter and Facebook

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The man accused of hitting and killing a father and son cycling on River Road last year took the stand in his own defense. Thomas Grooms testified this morning in his murder trial. He is accused of killing David and Trey Doolittle last April.

Grooms took the stand after the judge denied a defense motion to dismiss the case.

Grooms said the night before the accident, he met up with a friend named Pat. He said he and Pat snorted a white powder after Pat told him it was not illegal. He then drove her to Hampstead to get more of the powder. Yesterday SBI agents testified lab results showed a powder found on grooms at the scene of the accident was mephedrone, which is more commonly known as bath salts. The drug was not illegal in North Carolina at the time of the crash, but is now. He also admitted he gave Pat $200 for bath salts and made two separate trips to pick it up. Grooms said it had a much bigger effect on him than he thought.

Grooms said his decision to drive home was the worst decision of his life, but he said he was tired, but not impaired while driving home the morning of the accident. Grooms said he was up for more than 24 hours at time of crash.

Grooms denied he ran off the road three times the day of the crash, as other witnesses testified. Instead, he said he only ran off the road once, and that was when he hit the Doolittles. Grooms said witnesses had no reason to lie, but he said they were not truthful about his driving that day. He said witnesses exaggerated in their testimony because they were upset about the Doolittles’ death.

Grooms said he felt “numb” after the accident and didn’t help the Doolittles, because he said if he stood up he felt he would pass out. He said he knew right away that someone he hit had died.

Grooms also told the jury he lived out of his car, which was why there were liquor bottles inside.

After Grooms ended his testimony around noon, his son took the stand.

WWAY’s Katie Harden is in the courtroom. She is providing live updates via Twitter and Facebook. You can follow those updates at twitter.com/wway or facebook.com/wwaytv3.

We’ll have a complete wrap-up tonight on WWAY NewsChannel 3 starting at 5 p.m.

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