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Archive for October, 2013

DETOUR AHEAD: Road closing in Wilmington

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Waltmoor Rd between St. Francis Drive and Wickard Road in Wilmington will be closed starting Tuesday.

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TRAFFIC ALERT: Expect delays along S. Kerr Ave

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Crews will be re-paving South Kerr Avenue Tuesday morning.

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Activists want NC Medicaid expansion reconsidered

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Democratic lawmakers and liberal-leaning advocacy groups want Gov. Pat McCrory to reconsider his decision this year not to expand Medicaid to more low-income individuals using the federal health care overhaul.

They held a news conference Monday in front of the Legislative Building and said they want McCrory to call lawmakers back to Raleigh to initiate the expansion to hundreds of thousands of people.

Sen. Mike Woodward of Durham says the decision was short-sighted and is hurting North Carolina’s uninsured and hospitals. Woodward says other states are taking advantage of a federal injection of money by expanding Medicaid.

Senate leader Phil Berger and House Speaker Thom Tillis say the advocates should be in Washington protesting the overhaul law if they are serious about wanting to reduce health care costs.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC state parks director retiring at year’s end

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – North Carolina’s state parks director for the past 10 years is leaving state government to become the head of a national association for similar state leaders.

The Department of Environment and Natural Resources announced Monday that Lewis Ledford is retiring at the end of the year to join the National Association of State Park Directors as its executive director.

Ledford began working in the North Carolina parks as a ranger in 1976 at Umstead State Park and rose through the ranks, becoming state parks superintendent and then director in 2003.

The department says he helped lead the state’s effort to purchase Chimney Rock and Grandfather Mountain. Internet and call-center reservations system took off under his leadership, too.

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

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New policies for public housing to protect communities

Tuesday, October 29th, 2013

Leaders of the Wilmington Housing Authority approved several new policies Monday night for families living in public housing, but some are already questioning their effectiveness.

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