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Crown Management disputes upset big for old Brunswick hospital

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

If the county refuses the initial offer, the company will back out of the proposal.

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Officials work on way to fund beach project

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

Kure Beach Nourishment work wasn’t funded in the state budget

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Local Republicans, Democrats have different view of health care ruling

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — The Supreme Court’s decision to uphold the constitutionality of health care reform law has triggered plenty of opinions here in Wilmington. Democrats view it as a victory, while Republicans don’t quite see it that way.

“I think that this now sends a clear message to people who disagree with the health care law that there’s only one way to get rid of it, and that’s through an electoral change in November,” said Dallas Woodhouse, with the conservative group Americans for Prosperity.

It’s a decision that impacts not only health care but the presidential election in November.

Democrats say it should be less about politics and more about the American people. They say the law ensures that more people will be able to afford health insurance, more people will have coverage, and there will be less abuse from insurance companies.

“This is a monumental decision,” Democratic Party Congressional District Chair Jim Morgan said. “This is a decision that people will look back at in the history books and recognize it as one of the more important victories for health care in this country.”

On the other hand, conservatives say to embrace this ruling President Obama must admit it is a massive tax increase on the American people.

“It’s a loss for the country,” Woodhouse said. “It is a massive extension of federal power, something that the framers would have rolled over in their grave on. It does change the election some.”

Both sides can agree the decision changes the landscape of health care for now.

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FIRST ON 3: Autopsy confirms 3-year-old left at hospital died of blunt force trauma

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — An autopsy confirms that a three-year-old in Brunswick County died earlier this year of blunt force trauma.

A man looking after Jaronn McAllister took the child to Brunswick Novant Medical Center March 1 after waking up and finding the boy warm to the touch. Montey Murray then reportedly left the hospital and led police on a chase.

An autopsy report says McAllister died of blunt force trauma to the abdomen, which damaged his liver. The investigation also found blunt force trauma to the child’s head and bruises on his scalp, but there were no related internal head injuries.

District Attorney Jon David says McAllister’s death is being investigated as a homicide. So far, though, no one has been charged in connection with the death. Murray is in charged in connection to the car chase.

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NC legislators seek to comply with federal ruling

Thursday, June 28th, 2012

ALLEN REED
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina House members are trying to use the last days of the legislative session to comply with The US Supreme Court decision striking down automatic life sentences without parole for youths convicted of murder.

A bill in the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday seeks to get North Carolina into compliance with the federal ruling. It would require minors convicted of murder to serve a 25-year minimum sentence before parole. North Carolina is one of the nearly 30 states that make life without parole the mandatory sentence for youths who commit certain types of murder.

Legislators say they want to tweak the law because of the 88 people in state prisons that the federal law would retroactively affect.

House members created a subcommittee to work on the idea this weekend.

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

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