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Dozens of jobs affected as Dosher looks to cut costs

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videoDosher Memorial Hospital has announced some details of its plan to cut costs. "It kind of hurts," Dosher volunteer Verda Darrell said. Full story...
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Dosher trustees vote to cut staff

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videoTrustees have decided how Dosher Memorial Hospital in Southport will cut costs to make up for financial struggles. Last month WWAY was first to report the hospital was preparing employees for potential layoffs or early retirement packages. Full story...
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NC conservative activist quits $95K health job

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A North Carolina anti-abortion activist and tea party organizer is quitting her $95,000-a-year job as a senior Medicaid adviser after a year. The state Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday that Margaret "Mardy" Peal is resigning next month. The single mother said she wanted more time with her family. Full story...
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Obama defends handling of veterans affairs issues

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For Robert McCauley, the scandal at Veterans Affairs medical centers has touched a nerve. The 67-year-old retired sergeant says he's heard complaints from friends about the long wait to see doctors. Full story...
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Dosher trustees plan to meet on possible cuts

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videoDosher Memorial Hospital trustees will meet later this week to talk about the hospital's financial struggles, which could mean cuts. Full story...
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Mission Ready program sends medical supplies overseas

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video The New Hanover Regional Medical Center's Mission Ready program shipped medical supplies Saturday to a hospital half way across the world in hopes to be sustainable and to help those in need of treatment. Full story...
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Ice bucket challenge goes viral, but what is ALS?

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videoThe ice bucket challenge is soaking the nation, but what exactly is ALS? Full story...
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Fifth rabies case of year reported in New Hanover Co.

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videoThe New Hanover County Animals Services Unit says a fifth case of rabies this year has been confirmed in the county. Full story...
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Back to School: Packing healthy lunches

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videoAs students head back to school over the coming weeks, parents are often faced with the challenge of preparing a healthy lunch that is also delicious. Liz from thisisgrub.com has tips that kids will love and parents can feel good about. Full story...
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UPDATE! EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: The Double Down Duo

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videoThe Cape Fear's David Calhoun has made the Top 20 in the country. He's asking folks to vote him into the finals. Full story...
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Performers remember Robin Williams, death brings up serious issues

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videoHe warmed your hearts as a quirky alien and a cross-dressing nanny. But behind those sparkling eyes was apparently a deep sadness.Investigators say Robin Williams hanged himself with a belt yesterday at his northern California home. Even though the academy award winner is not with us anymore, his legacy lives on. And his death magnifies some serious issues in our society. Full story...
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Commissioners discuss school bond, Scotts Hill helipad

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video Some New Hanover County residents sounded off on some big issues. Among the items that were on the New Hanover County Commission's agenda, public hearings on a proposed $160 million bond for schools and a plan to build a medical helicopter landing pad near the Pender County line. Full story...
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Victims of NC eugenics board qualify for payment

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Officials overseeing a $10 million fund set up to compensate victims of North Carolina's forced sterilization program say about 180 people have qualified so far to receive payments. Full story...
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Bladen horse one of two to die of EEE

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State health officials are warning owners to vaccinate their horses after two horses in North Carolina, including one in southeastern North Carolina, died recently of Eastern Equine Encephalomyelitis, or EEE, within the past two weeks. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: State budget puts brakes on drivers ed funding

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videoDrivers education, a rite of passage for many teens, is losing state funding and putting the financial burden on schools. This has parents, students and educators wondering how safe our roads will be once the state stops fueling the program. Full story...
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