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Archive for June, 2012

Heat advisory issued for today

Friday, June 29th, 2012

The National Weather Service has issued a heat advisory.

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Unhealthy air quality forecast in NC

Friday, June 29th, 2012

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Much of North Carolina is on notice that the air quality is likely to be unhealthy.

Forecasters are predicting Code Orange conditions Friday in major metropolitan areas, meaning air quality is likely to be unhealthy for sensitive groups. Those groups include children and older adults and people with heart conditions or respiratory ailments.

Ozone is the main pollutant causing the poor air quality. Levels are expected to be high Friday in Charlotte, Fayetteville, Hickory, Rocky Mount, the Triad and Triangle areas and the valley and ridge top elevations in the Asheville area.

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New Hanover News & Notes – Ladies of the Cape Fear; St. Mary School receives award

Friday, June 29th, 2012

Neesha Allen, of South East Area Health Education Center, was recognized on May 18 for her involvement in the Wilmington community as one of the 2012 Ladies of the Cape Fear.

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Young adults react to health care law tax

Friday, June 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) — One of the more popular parts of president President Obama’s health care law that was upheld is the measure allowing adults up until the age of 25 coverage under their parent’s plan. However, once they turn 26, young adults will be forced to buy their own insurance or be hit with a potentially big new tax.

“Given the wages of young people, you know staggering amounts of student debt, I don’t know how people are going to afford it,” says Caleb Filomena, who lives in Wilmington.

According to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services about 2.5 million young adults from ages 19 to 25 received health care under the Affordable Care Act. Once 26, some say it may be impossible for many adults to even afford the coverage.

“Everything from rent to bills to everything else, all the other hidden fees that come with life that comes along,” says Kody Schlenk, who is covered under his parents’ insurance plan.

“I don’t see how people are going to pay another huge expense on top of it,” Filomena says.

With the Supreme Court’s ruling, young adults who can’t pay for health insurance will be taxed, which is something Senate Minority leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) says will create more problems.

“The bill was sold to the American people on a deception,” McConnell says. “But it’s not just that the promises of this law were not kept. It’s that it made the problems it was meant to solve even worse.”

“At my job I know insurance is expensive, so I guess you shouldn’t be forced or taxed by any means,” Schlenk says. “It just doesn’t make sense. It seems if you’re getting taxed, you could use that to pay for some sort of insurance.”

Beginning in 2014, if you refuse to purchase health insurance and don’t get it from your employer, you’ll have to check a box on your tax form and the IRS will charge you up to $695 per adult or $2,085 per family.

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Town increases sewer fees

Friday, June 29th, 2012

District fee doubled; base fee increased

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