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Archive for March, 2014

NC Medicaid shortfall estimated from $69M to $140M

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — North Carolina officials say they expect a funding shortfall for the state’s Medicaid system for this fiscal year. But it doesn’t appear at the moment to be as large as last year.

The Department of Health and Human Services and the legislature’s fiscal staff offered their projections Wednesday to an oversight committee. They offered shortfall ranges from $69 million to $140 million. The high end would represent about 3 percent of the state’s portion of the federal-state health insurance program.

There are still many factors that could change this year’s shortfall amount, but the total is much less than nearly $500 million lawmakers had to find last summer to close a similar hole.

Gov. Pat McCrory said finding that money last year prevented state employees and teachers from getting raises.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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Revenue growth slows at NC’s Indian casino

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

CHARLOTTE, NC (AP) — A weak economy has slowed gambling revenues at US Indian casinos just as North Carolina’s Cherokee Indians build a second gambling hall.

A national report released Wednesday by Casino City’s Indian Gaming Industry says Indian casino revenue growth in 2012 slowed to 2 percent, down from 3.4 percent in the previous year. In North Carolina, revenue was up by nearly 3 percent in 2012, compared to 5.8 percent the previous year.

North Carolina’s only casino is operated by the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians.

Harrah’s Cherokee Casino and Hotel employs nearly 6,100 people in the western North Carolina mountains.

The tribe’s second casino is scheduled to open in 2015.

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 This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)


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Freeman Park closed to vehicles for one week next month

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

CAROLINA BEACH, NC (WWAY) — Carolina Beach will close Freeman Park to vehicles for a week next month as the town begins work on a wooden ramp at the park’s entrance.

The park will be closed to traffic April 7-14.

The wooden “Hatteras” ramp will be built at the park’s entrance on the north end of Canal Drive. The town says the ramp will provide a solid driving surface for vehicles as they enter and leave the park. The goal is to alleviate traffic back-ups during peak times.

The town says the ramp will begin at the end of the existing pavement and extend north 320 feet along the narrow entryway between the dunes where most congestion problems occur.


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UPDATE: Police looking for driver of 18-wheeler after truck hit bicyclist, kept going

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police are investigating an early-morning crash after they say an 18-wheeler hit a bicyclist, knocking him to the ground, before driving away.

Dispatchers say just before 7 a.m., they got the call about a hit and run crash in the 2800 block of Carolina Beach Road near Raleigh Street. Wilmington Police say the truck kept driving north on Carolina Beach Rd. after the crash.

Police say witnesses helped the bicyclist, Gilberto Acosta, 36, calling 911 soon after. Acosta was taken to the hospital for injuries, but is expected to be OK, according to police.

Officers are still looking for the 18-wheeler, which they say is described as green with no tags or logos on the body of the truck. Police are asking anyone with information on the crash or the truck driver to call WPD at 343-3609 or text-a-tip to Tip708.


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WPD: Witness who caught man breaking into car leads police to suspect

Wednesday, March 26th, 2014

WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — Police arrested a man who was caught breaking into a car in Wilmington last night after they say a witness followed the suspect to a nearby store while reporting the crime to dispatchers.

They say just after 10:30 p.m., a man called to report a larceny on S. 10th Street. Police say dispatchers told them the caller was following the suspect who had just broken into a car nearby. They say the caller continued following the man to the corner of 10th and Chestnut streets, where the suspect then walked into a store.

That’s when police say officers showed up and found several items that had been stolen from inside the car on the suspect, Tracey L. Green, 42. Police arrested Green, charging him with breaking and entering.


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