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Archive for December, 2013

SBI and WPD backlogs blamed for some courthouse delays

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

There are dozens of inmates here who have been in jail for over a year awaiting trial for non-violent offenses.

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Hagan’s newborn screening bill advances in Senate

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — A bill to help save the lives of babies is advancing in the US Senate.

Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC) is one of the sponsors of the Newborn Screening Saves Lives Act. It got unanimous approval in committee yesterday and now heads to the full Senate.

The bill aims to improve the timeliness of newborn screenings for several conditions. Hagan says it’s something all parents can get behind.

“My daughter just had our first grandchild about six weeks ago, and I was actually at the hospital when they were getting ready to do this newborn screening test, and I think every new mom is concerned,” Sen. Hagan said. “They’re worried, they want to have that healthy child, but they also want to know that if something is detected, that there are now treatments available that can help that child.”

About one in every 300 newborns has a condition that can be detected through screening, and each year, more than 12,000 babies are diagnosed with a condition detectable by newborn screening.


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Target: 40M accounts may be involved in breach

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — Target says about 40 million credit and debit card accounts may have been affected by a data breach.

The chain said Thursday that the accounts may have been impacted between Nov. 27 and Dec. 15.

The Minneapolis company said it immediately told authorities and financial institutions once it became aware of the breach and that it is teaming with a third-party forensics firm to investigate the matter.

Target Corp. said that customers who made purchases at its US stores during the impacted period and suspected unauthorized activity should call them at (866) 852-8680.

Target has 1,797 US stores and 124 in Canada.

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Bald Head Island ferry moved off sandbar; captain not on schedule

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

BRUNSWICK COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — Crews have successfully recovered the Bald Head Island ferry that ran aground on a sandbar off Southport Tuesday.

Joyce Fulton, Director of Communications for Bald Head Island Limited, says around 9 a.m. crews recovered the ferry Adventure without incurring damage to the vessel and without environmental impact. Fulton says the Adventure will make the trip upriver to Wilmington unassisted, under its own power. She says the boat should be hauled and dry-docked later today for a complete inspection.

While the name of the captain who was piloting the Adventure when it ran aground has not been released, Fulton did say he is not currently on the schedule for the ferries as the Coast Guard investigates. She could not, though, say if that would continue until the investigation is complete. The Coast Guard has said its probe could take months.


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Speaker pro tem responds to state superintendent’s ‘school of terror’ comment made in Wilmington

Thursday, December 19th, 2013

During a stop in Wilmington earlier this month, N.C. Superintendent of Public Instruction June Atkinson (D) told a reporter there is nothing in the state's new school voucher law “that would prevent someone from establishing a school of terror.” This week House Speaker Pro Tem Paul “Skip” Stam (R) responded with his own provocative statement.

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