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Archive for January, 2013

NC unemployment debt fix backed by House panel

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

GARY D. ROBERTSON
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — An unemployment insurance system overhaul for North Carolina has cleared its first hurdle early in the General Assembly as a House committee agreed to changes that would include cutting jobless benefits and raising employee taxes.

The House Finance Committee voted along party lines Thursday to recommend the Republican proposal formed with input from the business community. Business taxes have not kept up with unemployment claims. The state now owes the federal government $2.5 billion.

The bill would reduce maximum weekly benefits by one-third to $350 for the newly unemployed after July 1.

Bill supporters say the measure will accelerate debt repayment and remove an impediment to job creation.

Democrats say the debt solution is skewed against unemployed workers trying to pay bills.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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‘Xanadu’ roller skates onto a Wilmington stage

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

A cult classic that flopped at the box office decades ago is now seeing success on stage.

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Helicopter called in after crash on Interstate 40

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

An N.C. Highway Patrol dispatcher said the crash occurred in the westbound lane about 12:20 p.m. near mile marker 401.

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Car vs. garbage truck wreck causes delays

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

An accident, involving a car and a garbage truck, slowed down traffic Thursday afternoon.

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NC lawmakers acting fast to block Medicaid growth

Thursday, January 31st, 2013

EMERY P. DALESIO
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina legislators are moving quickly to block the state from expanding the government health insurance plan for the poor to cover about 650,000 uninsured residents.

A Senate panel Thursday quickly approved legislation ruling out expanding Medicaid coverage. The measure set for a Senate vote next week also would leave it to the federal government to build the state’s online marketplace for private health insurance.

Republicans opposed to Medicaid expansion say Washington could back out of its promise to pay all expansion costs for three years and 90 percent thereafter. North Carolina’s Medicaid plan last year ran a $265 million shortfall that was made up by taxpayers.

Democrats favoring Medicaid expansion say losing the money means more trouble for hospitals struggling with unpaid bills left by poor people’s treatment.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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