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Archive for February, 2014

New bear hunting laws for 2014-15

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

The North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission voted Thursday to approve new bear hunting laws.

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Brunswick County helping with Spring Cleaning

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

Spring cleaning can be both invigorating, to shake off the dust and get rid of the old, but also be a hassle when dealing with the excess waste. Brunswick County is helping county residents solve the excess waste problem.

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Pender DSS employees waiting to be paid for hundreds of hours of overtime

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

There are more problems with North Carolina's new food stamp program NC Fast.

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Hagan still not direct on Obamacare questions

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After filing for reelection this week Sen. Kay Hagan (D-North Carolina) dodged reporters’ questions about a broken promise that North Carolinians could keep their insurance policies.

Today we asked her again about the estimated 473,000 residents that faced cancellations when the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, launched last fall and when she knew it might happen. Again Hagan did not answer directly. Instead she said she wanted to clarify something.

“The State of North Carolina under the insurance commissioner along with insurance companies in North Carolina, and if you had a plan, and you liked that plan, you can keep that plan in North Carolina,” Hagan said during an interview from the US Capitol. “And I have sponsored legislation to make that permanent.”

Hagan says in the two years before the ACA launch, insurers sold policies that would not meet minimum standards of the new law. She made a similar comment earlier this week. In response, Blue Cross Blue Shield told the Raleigh News & Observer that’s not true.

We also asked Sen. Hagan about a plan Sen. Richard Burr (R-North Carolina) helped unveil just before the State of the Union last month. Burr and fellow Republicans Sen. Tom Coburn (OK) and Orrin Hatch (UT) launched the Patient Choice, Affordability, Responsibility, and Empowerment (CARE) Act as “a legislative plan that repeals Obamacare and then replaces it with common-sense, patient-centered reforms that reduce health care costs and increase access to affordable, high-quality care.”

“I think it wants to repeal (the Affordable Care Act) and totally change it,” Hagan said about the Patient CARE Act.

She then said the ACA needs “common-sense fixes,” including keeping a plan if you like it and revisiting how the ACA handles medical devices.

Hagan faces a Democratic primary challenge from Will Stewart of Pender County.


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UPDATE: Boil advisory lifted for Lake Waccamaw residents

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

A boil water advisory has been lifted for some residents of Lake Waccamaw after a water main break.

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