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Archive for March, 2014

Mental health advocates question Dix plans

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Some mental health advocates are questioning the city of Raleigh’s plans to turn the old Dorothea Dix psychiatric hospital into a park.

The News & Observer of Raleigh reported mental health advocates attended the city council meeting Tuesday where plans for the 325-acre property were discussed. They accused city leaders of failing to consider the needs of people with mental illness.

But Mayor Nancy McFarlane said that the choice about the property is not one between a park and a mental-health facility. State mental health officials closed the hospital and moved patients to a newer facility in Butner. The state does plan to keep about 60 acres for Department of Health and Human Services offices. No treatment facilities are planned at the site.

Others raised questions about the costs.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Rabon reappointed to co-chair Senate transportation committee

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Several Republicans in the North Carolina Senate are taking new leadership roles this spring as colleagues have resigned or plan to retire at year’s end.

Senate leader Phil Berger announced Wednesday that Sens. Kathy Harrington of Gastonia and Brent Jackson on Sampson County are now two of the chamber’s chief budget-writers.

They will join Sens. Neal Hunt of Raleigh and Sen. Harry Brown of Jacksonville as co-chairs of the Senate Appropriations Committee. Hunt isn’t running for re-election, and former budget co-chairman Pete Brunstetter resigned in December.

With the changes, Sens. Stan Bingham of Denton, Shirley Randleman of Wilkesboro and Wesley Meredith of Fayetteville are taking new roles as co-chairs of budget subcommittees. Sen. Bill Rabon of Southport also was reappointed transportation committee co-chairman.

The General Assembly session begins in May.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Gas leak near 17th & Grace forces evacuations

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Homes near a gas leak at 17th & Grace streets were evacuated for a short time this morning.

The Wilmington Fire Department said responders secured a two-block area around the leak and evacuated one block. They planned to clear the scene around 10:45 a.m.

Gas crews are on scene to try and fix the two-inch main.

Traffic in the area is back open.

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Walmart wins permit to begin building Burgaw store

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
By Stephanie Bowens
 
BURGAW, NC (StarNewsOnline) — A Walmart will be coming to Burgaw.
 
Town commissioners Tuesday night approved a conditional-use permit to allow Walmart to build a nearly 70,000-square-foot store, gas station and convenience store off of NC 53 behind the Pender Landing Shopping Center.
 
"We are delighted and we are very pleased," Walmart spokesman Bill Wertz said after the decision. "We think this new Walmart will be very welcomed by the community, and we are very much looking forward to getting started."
 
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Pender officials respond to letter alleging employee harassment

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Pender County officials are responding to a letter that was sent by an attorney representing the Director of the Department of Social Services for Pender County, Dr. Reta Shiver.

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