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Archive for April, 2013

South 10 Street evacuated

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC — Residents in South 10 Street in downtown Wilmington were evacuated tonight. Officials say the bomb squad and CSI were called in. The street was evacuated for safety reasons.

According to officials, hazardous materials were found in the street.

They say it was a weak attempt at vandalism. Residents are now allowed back in their homes.

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NC bill would expand aid to Alzheimer’s patients

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – There’s a proposal moving ahead in the House directing North Carolina’s Medicaid program to give additional paid help to people with dementia or Alzheimer’s disease for things like getting dressed and bathed.

The House Health Committee voted Tuesday for legislation expanding coverage hours for personal care services for qualifying patients living at home or in special care units.

The state reduced this kind of care to 80 hours per month in January to comply with federal requirements that services be comparable for people at home or in corporate settings. The bill from Rep. Nelson Dollar of Cary now heading to the House Appropriations Committee would raise the cap to 130 hours per month and make it available in both settings.

Dollar says the change can be completed using existing funds.

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Glitch in GPS causes problems for Burgaw neighbors, truck drivers

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

Traveling on one road in Burgaw is a bit difficult because of a glitch with some GPS units. Leaders say older GPS systems or GPS systems that haven't been updated show East Wilmington Street connecting with McKoy Road where there are a lot of industrial companies.

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Camp Lejeune honors Marine training blast victims

Wednesday, April 24th, 2013

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (AP) – Camp Lejeune has honored seven of its Marines killed in an explosion during a training exercise last month in Nevada.

Members of the 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force and family of the people killed and wounded were invited to the private memorial service Tuesday.

Brig. Gen. Jim Lukeman commanded the division. He promised to provide the families of the Marines any help or support they need.

A battle cross made of the Marines’ boots, rifle and helmet were left near photos of each person killed in the March 18 blast.

Seven Marines and a sailor also were injured when the 60-millimeter mortar tube exploded during a field exercise at Hawthorne Army Depot in Nevada.

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Online option for NC local governments approved

Tuesday, April 23rd, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The Senate has again narrowly passed legislation allowing local governments in some North Carolina counties to use their own web sites to post required legal notices instead of local newspaper advertisements.

The chamber voted 26-22 Tuesday for legislation sought by many local officials but fought by the North Carolina Press Association. The Senate approved the measure by a nearly identical margin Monday. It now goes to the House.

Wake, Mecklenburg and Guilford are among 10 counties and most municipalities within those counties to receive the online option for things like public hearings and delinquent taxpayer lists. Some municipalities already had the option.

Supporters say it will help governments save money and promotes efficiency. Smaller newspapers argue readers depend on them for the notices. They’d also lose a stream of revenue.

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

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