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State health director resigns after 18 months

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

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Raleigh, NC (WWAY) — North Carolina’s state health director resigned Tuesday after 18 months on the job.

In a statement, the Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Aldona Wos said she accepted Dr. Laura Gerald’s resignation but did not say why she resigned.

“On behalf of nearly 18,000 DHHS employees, please join me in thanking Dr. Gerald for her service to the state and wishing her well on her future endeavors,” Wos said in the statement.

Wos said Danny Staley, the Deputy Director of Public Health, will serve as the acting Director of the Division of Public Health, and Robin Cummings, the Director of DHHS’ Office of Rural Health and Community Care, will serve as the acting State Health Director.

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Family concerns after wreck leads to murder charge

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

SPRING LAKE, N.C. (AP) – A woman whose husband was killed in a traffic accident in Harnett County is facing a first-degree murder charge after the man’s family questioned the circumstances surrounding his death.

Maj. Jeff Huber of the Harnett County Sheriff’s Office said 32-year-old Toni Marsha Talley is charged in the death of David Lokeith Worley on July 19.

Huber said Worley’s family contacted the funeral home handling the arrangements and voiced suspicions about the death, but he didn’t say what the concerns were.

The funeral home’s examination discovered Worley had a stab wound in his back. The state Medical Examiner’s office confirmed the findings one day later.

Talley is being held in the Harnett County Detention Center with bail was set at $200,000. It couldn’t be determine if she has an attorney.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Items owned by late Duke heiress to be auctioned

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

DURHAM, N.C. (AP) – Antiques, art and other items owned by the late heiress to the Duke tobacco fortune are going up for sale.

The Herald-Sun of Durham reports (http://bit.ly/14gkREE) the items from the family of Mary Duke Biddle Trent Semans will be auctioned on Aug., 25.

Brunk Auctions spokesman Aaron Edwards said the family has kept several sentimental items, but would like the remainder to go to what he termed “good homes.”

According to Brunk Auctions, items to be auctioned include paintings by artists such as the American painter Thomas Anshutz, 18th and 19th century Chinese porcelains and jades, French antique furnishings and an inlaid art case Steinway grand piano.

Edwards said the company is still researching and cataloguing the items, so a pre-auction estimate of their total value is not yet available.

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Information from: The Herald-Sun, http://www.herald-sun.com

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

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Southport budget finalized

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

Aldermen approved the budget after Tuesday's public hearing. They did make some small changes.

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NC DHHS Secretary accepts State Health Director’s resignation

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

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Raleigh, NC (WWAY) — The State Health Director and Director of the Division of Public Health resigned Tuesday.

The Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Aldona Wos said she accepted the resignation of Dr. Laura Gerald.

“On behalf of nearly 18,000 DHHS employees, please join me in thanking Dr. Gerald for her service to the state and wishing her well on her future endeavors,” Wos wrote in a statement.

Aldona said Danny Staley, the Deputy Director of Public Health, will serve as the acting Director of the Division of Public Health, and Robin Cummings, the Director of DHHS’ Office of Rural Health and Community Care, will serve as the acting State Health Director.

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