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Archive for May, 2012

For summer, City Stage takes its shows on the road

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

During summer, the company’s home theater in downtown Wilmington gets uncomfortably hot,

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NC Medicaid gap fix given final legislative OK

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The Legislature has given final approval to a method to close a shortfall in North Carolina’s Medicaid program this year that also contains a provision to slow efforts to privatize medical services for prisoners.

The Senate agreed unanimously Thursday to the House version of a bill that accumulates $206 million from several sources to eliminate the Medicaid funding gap through June 30.

The bill goes to Gov. Bev Perdue.

Perdue’s office did not immediately respond to the bill’s passage. Sen. Pete Brunstetter of Forsyth County says he’s been told the governor is prepared to sign the bill into law even with the prisoner health care language added by the House.

The item would prevent correction officials from contracting or seeking bids to outsource prisoner medical care.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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New family dog bites child in Wilmington

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A child has been injured after reportedly being bit by a family dog in Wilmington. Wilmington Police Department spokesman Det. Kevin Smith says it happened at a home on Southgate Road.

New Hanover County Animal Control Services has the dog, a boxer, in custody. Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Jerry Brewer says the family adopted the dog yesterday in Raleigh.

Brewer says the dog will be quarantined for ten days. After that point, the owner can claim it. If not, the dog will be euthanized.

We will have more information as it becomes available.

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Jury in John Edwards trial asks for 20 exhibits

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

Associated Press

GREENSBORO, NC (AP) — The jury in the John Edwards campaign-finance fraud trial is asking to see about 20 more evidence exhibits during its fifth day of deliberations.

The jury began its discussions Friday and has occasionally asked to see exhibits over the past few days. Jurors have taken a lunch break and will resume talks later Thursday.

The former presidential candidate is accused of orchestrating a plan to funnel money from two wealthy donors to hide his pregnant mistress as he sought the 2008 White House.

He is charged with six felony counts related to campaign-finance violations. If convicted on all counts, Edwards faces up to 30 years in prison, though legal experts predict a term of less than five years would be more likely.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Memorial bridge painting done, Holmes bridge closed late next week

Thursday, May 24th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — More than two years after it started painting is done on the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge.

DOT Resident Engineer Wayne Currie says there’s still a little work left, but nothing that will cause closures and delays.

He expects the painter will face fines for taking too long, but the DOT won’t know for a while how much it will be.

As work wraps on the Memorial Bridge, expect delays next month on the Isabel Holmes Bridge. The DOT says it will close the bridge the night of Friday, June 1 for mechanical work. It will be closed all weekend and reopen early on Monday, June 4.

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