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Archive for December, 2012

Russian adoption law affects local families

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Russia is playing politics with people, little people. The new bill banning Americans from adopting Russian children hurts American families as well as children already in the adoption process.

It’s a frustrating move that one Wilmington woman has seen before.

‘Unfortunately that’s a fact of life, that’s the way it is and we had to deal with governments and foreign countries all the time,” adoption agency director Janice Bergeron told us. “ I can’t even tell you how many countries we’ve gone to and tried to help the children there and politics are always involved.”

Janice Bergeron and her husband, already had a family when they were drawn to adoption, by television.

“This show in Romania on 20/20 showed children. Orphanages in absolutely in horrendous conditions and my husband and I both felt so blessed to have the children we had we just needed to go take one of these children and give them a better life.” Bergeron said

And once in the process Janice could see so much more needed to be done for the children.

“Once we saw that orphanage and saw the children that desperately need homes we had to adopt a child and then help other families to adopt children .” That experience led Janice and her husband to start Children at Heart adoption agency.

“Don’t give up because something has happened in Russia, “ is the advice Janice offers. “The fact that when it is over you have a beautiful child in your home that has a loving family for the rest of his or her life.”

Janice reminds parents that while the Russian move is frustrating, there are children who need good homes, waiting in countries around the world.

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Construction on Hotel Indigo expected to begin next year

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

Crews have started clearing the site to prepare for construction.

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Group that fought megaport plans for future of lower Cape Fear River

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

The group that fought against plans for a megaport in Southport is planning for what's next in its efforts to protect and preserve the lower Cape Fear River.

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NC Medicaid services remain for dementia patients

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – People with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease living in special facilities in North Carolina can retain current levels of personal care services in the new year while their custodians appeal decisions to scale back Medicaid support.

State Health and Human Services Secretary Al Delia said Friday federal regulators have agreed to allow these residents to retain existing levels of Medicaid-funded care for now for things like getting dressed or taking baths.

Delia said a couple thousand residents are affected by new monthly caps on care and rate reductions Jan. 1. He said residents must appeal by the end of January for higher existing service levels to remain.

Delia said the delay could give lawmakers and Gov.-elect Pat McCrory time to revisit changes that mean less money for facilities providing the services.

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

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Fayetteville police chief accidentally shoots self

Saturday, December 29th, 2012

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Fayetteville’s police chief is back on the job after accidentally shooting herself in the hand.

Fayetteville Police Department Interim Chief Katherine Bryant was wounded earlier this week.

Details surrounding the incident have not been released, but officials said the accident did not happen with her police issued weapon. No one else was hurt.

Bryant was out of the office while she received medical attention.

Bryant was appointed interim police chief in June after then-police chief Tom Bergamine announced his retirement. She has served with the Fayetteville Police Department for more than 25 years.

She will remain interim chief until a permanent chief is hired.

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

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