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Archive for December, 2013

Dogs on the beach: CB town officials look for public input

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Town leaders in Carolina Beach will be asking for input from residents during their next meeting about changing the rules when it comes to having dogs on the beach.

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‘Hermitage House’ fined $2,000 in death of patient

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

WILMINGTON, N.C. (AP) – An assisted living home in Wilmington has been fined $2,000 for not taking a patient who fell to the doctor. Authorities say the patient suffered a broken neck and died several days later.

The StarNews of Wilmington reports the state Division of Health Services Regulation found the Hermitage House resident fell on April 29 and had bruises on the face the next day. The patient slid out of bed on April 30 or May 1, but wasn’t taken to the doctor until May 2. The emergency room physician found the patient had a broken neck. The patient died a few days later.

A spokesman for Meridian Senior Living which operates Hermitage House says the fine doesn’t indicate a serious problem, but workers should have gotten the patient help sooner.

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Lt. Gov. working on plan to raise teacher pay

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

The first-term lieutenant governor was momentarily in the spotlight on a major issue this fall.

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Woman working to raise awareness about brain aneurysm

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

Tammie Morgan Parris can’t remember that morning.

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Death penalty trials declining in North Carolina

Thursday, December 26th, 2013

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The number of death penalty trials in North Carolina is dropping.

Only one person in the state was sentenced to die in 2013.

Thirty-three-year-old Mario Andrette McNeill was convicted last spring of kidnapping, human trafficking and killing a 5-year-old Cumberland County girl.

His trial was one of five capital cases where a death sentence could have been imposed.

North Carolina has averaged fewer than three death sentences a year over the past decade. That compares with the 1990s, when there were more than two dozen people often were sent to death row in a single year.

North Carolina had no executions this year. A series of lawsuits filed in 2006 challenged the fairness of executions.

The state has 155 inmates on death row, but most have challenges pending.

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