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Archive for April, 2013

McIntyre, Hagan, Burr to attend VA clinic opening; Hagan joins push to end VA backlog

Monday, April 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Tomorrow’s ribbon cutting for Wilmington’s VA Super Clinic is bringing out some big names.

The facility, which opened this spring at Wilmington International Airport, will provide veterans services including day surgery, mental health, cardiology, women’s health and MRIs.

Rep. Mike McIntyre (D-7th District), Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) and Sen. Richard Burr (R-NC) are among the dignitaries scheduled to attend the event tomorrow at 11 a.m.

Meanwhile, on Capitol Hill Sen. Hagan has joined 66 of her Senate colleagues in pushing president Obama to end a backlog of VA disability claims.

In a letter to the president, the senators from both sides of the aisle say more than 600,000 veterans are stuck in the backlog. They say in the last four years, the number of claims pending for more than a year has grown 2,000 percent despite a 40-percent increase in VA funding.

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Cross-county police chase ends in arrest

Monday, April 29th, 2013

The Jacksonville Police Department was able to arrest a suspect after a cross county chase that went from Onslow County into Pender County.

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Public hearing on proposed apartment building to be held

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Developer wants to build 123-unit building on North College Road

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Murder suspect served time for murder

Monday, April 29th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A man charged with murder in a weekend shooting in New Hanover County spent more than five years behind bars on a similar charge.

Shannon Jerome Mitchell, 29, is charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of Gilbert Lee McClammy, 44, Saturday night. Mitchell is in jail without bond scheduled to make his first court appearance today.

The Department of Corrections website shows Mitchell served five years and seven months for a 2006 conviction for accessory after the fact to a second-degree murder and several drug charges. The crimes happened in 2003, according to records. His sentence ended in July 2011 with his parole ending in April 2012.

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NBA veteran Jason Collins comes out as gay

Monday, April 29th, 2013

NEW YORK (AP) — NBA veteran center Jason Collins has become the first male professional athlete in the major four American sports leagues to come out as gay.

Collins wrote a first-person account posted Monday on Sports Illustrated’s website. The 34-year-old Collins has played for six NBA teams in 12 seasons. He finished this past season with the Washington Wizards and is now a free agent. He says he wants to continue playing.

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

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