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Archive for May, 2013

Prosecutors end closing arguments in McNeill trial

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. (AP) – Prosecutors have completed their closing arguments in the trial of a man accused of the rape and murder of a 5-year-old Fayetteville girl.

The Fayetteville Observer reports (http://bit.ly/13GlAZ7) that Cumberland County Assistant District Attorney Robby Hicks said it was clear that Mario McNeill who kidnapped, raped and suffocated Shaniya Davis in November 2009.

Statements from District Attorney Billy West twice led defense attorneys to seek a mistrial. Superior Court Judge Jim Ammons ruled against both motions.

Defense attorneys began their closing arguments Tuesday afternoon.

McNeill could face the death penalty if convicted. The 32-year-old decided not to testify.

Ammons said he would prefer not to recess court over the four-day weekend if the jury has not reached a verdict by Thursday afternoon.

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NC Medicaid shortfall now $330 million-plus

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – The North Carolina office that oversees Medicaid says the funding shortfall for the government health insurance program is more than $330 million.

Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos (vahsh) said Tuesday the shortfall has grown $85 million above the $248 million projected by Gov. Pat McCrory’s administration earlier this month.

Wos’ office again blamed the expanded shortfall on then-Gov. Beverly Perdue’s administration – this time saying it overestimated Medicaid receipts. McCrory’s agencies attributed an earlier shortfall uptick to a forecasting model error last year.

A bill in the General Assembly would give McCrory access to $400 million in unspent funds, cost savings and surplus tax collections to cover the shortfall. But that money is also supposed to cover $118 million for an outstanding drug rebate to the federal government.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Head-on collision sends 2 to hospital

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

A crash at Farley Drive and N. Kerr Avenue sent two to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries Tuesday night following a head-on collision, authorites say.

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Batts, Scalf earn CAA Pitcher and Coach-of-the-Year honors

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2013

Junior Mat Batts was named the league Pitcher-of-the-Year at the annual awards banquet. Batts' coach, Mark Scalf, earned co-Coach-of-the-Year honors sharing the award with William & Mary's Jami Pinzino.

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Tour buses get prime parking downtown

Tuesday, May 21st, 2013

The city council voted to designate the 200 block of North Water Street as tour bus parking.

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