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Archive for June, 2012

No money for eugenics compensation in budget, local victim not giving up hope

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

RALEIGH,NC (WWAY) — Compensation for victims of the North Carolina eugenics program was cut from next year’s budget. Victims of forced sterilization were supposed to get $50,000 each after a panel approved a $10 million compensation package.

A few weeks ago, the first serious proposal to compensate eugenics victims seemed like a done deal. Wednesday, victims learned the Senate chose leave the money out of next year’s budget.

In the end house speaker Thom Tillis simply could not convince his Republican colleagues in the Senate to sign off on the plan to compensate eugenics victims.

“I said if eugenics didn’t occur it would be a personal failure– and at this point it is and it’s something I’ll continue to work on,” said Rep. Thom Tillis.

“There was no ability to develop consensus on one path forward with reference to eugenics,” said Sen. Phil Berger. So, for the sake of the budget deal, the $10 million compensation package that was decades in the making was sacrificed.

Elnora Mills was sterilized at age 16 and found out two years later while trying to get pregnant.
She was devastated Wednesday after hearing the news, but was too sick to go on camera. Now she is suffering from thyroid cancer.

“I wanted a boy and a girl,” Mills said last week during an interview. “Now I don’t have that and I don’t have no grandchildren. Just two little baby dogs and my husband.”

The N.C. Justice for Sterilization Victims Foundation has verified 146 living victims. Many, like Mills, are sick and aging fast. According to the Associated Press, the foundation said Wednesday that they must end its work because its funding expires June 30. Legislators did not include any money in the state budget for the foundation.

WWAY reached out to state senator Thom Goolsby for comment. He did not return our calls. Mills says though she is not surprised this happened, she is not giving up hope.

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UPDATE: Charges filed in crash involving SUV and semi-truck

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Dispatch says they were notified of an accident involving an SUV and semi-truck by an employee at the State Port, who saw it on a surveillance camera. It happened around 2:30 p.m.

Wilmington Police say the Ford Explorer was traveling on Shipyard Boulevard towards the State Port when it crashed into a semi-truck, that was turning left from Burnett Boulevard onto Shipyard.

The SUV slid underneath the center part of the semi. The 18-wheeler was transporting a concrete bridge railing with an NC Department of Transportation sign on it.

Wilmington Traffic Police Officer Mark Anderson says the driver of the Explorer, Jonathan Chase Hodges, 25, walked away from the scene with only a few scratches. The driver of the semi was not injured.

Anderson says Hodges claims he had briefly looked down right before the crash and did not have time to stop. Police charged Hodges with possession of drug paraphernalia and careless and reckless driving.

According to video obtained by the Port of Wilmington, the driver of the semi had fully stopped before turning left into the intersection.

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Inmates stabbed at South Carolina prison

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

McCORMICK, S.C. (AP) — Authorities say at least five inmates have been stabbed with homemade knives after a fight at a South Carolina prison.

Corrections Department spokesman Clark Newsom said the fight began around 6:30 p.m. Wednesday as inmates returned to their cells from their evening meal at McCormick Correctional Institution.

Newsom says two inmates were taken by helicopter to the Medical University of Georgia Hospital in Augusta with life-threatening injuries. He said the others were transported to Self Memorial Hospital in Greenwood. Paramedics treated other injured prisoners on the scene.

Newsom said one officer was slightly hurt trying to break up the fight. He said a response team was sent to the prison to search cell-by-cell for any other weapons or contraband.

The maximum security McCormick prison houses more than 1,250 inmates.

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

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N.C. Republicans announce budget deal for next year

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

The $20.2 billion spending plan for next year gives state employees and public school teachers their first raise in four years.

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Audit: Lottery didn’t collect damages from vendor

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – A report from the state auditor’s office says the North Carolina Education Lottery violated state law because it failed to collect damages from its primary vendor and allowed the company to accumulate and carry a balance for several years.

The report released Wednesday shows that from May 2006 through June 2011, the lottery assessed liquidated damages totaling $460,804. According to the report, the lottery collected just 60 percent of the total in the form of goods and services from GTECH.

The action violates the state’s Cash Management Policy regarding the collection and deposit of funds owed to the state.

A statement from the lottery said all assessed liquidated damages have been spent for goods and services and that all the damages were tracked to ensure the value was received.

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

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