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Dosher Launches The Use of Robotic Arm Assisted Surgery for Total Knee Replacements

February 16, 2021

SOUTHPORT – Dosher Memorial Hospital is the first hospital in the region to utilize robotic arm assisted surgery for total knee replacements.  This advancement in joint replacement surgery transforms the way total knee replacements are performed.  Total knee replacements in the United States are expected to increase 189% by 2030, yet studies have shown that approximately 20% of patients are dissatisfied after their conventional surgery. Through CT based 3D modeling of bone anatomy, our surgeon can now use the Mako SmartRobotics™ System to create a personalized surgical plan based on a patient’s unique anatomy and to virtually modify the surgical plan intraoperatively as needed.…

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Michael Jordan gifts $10 million for additional Novant Health medical clinics

February 16, 2021

Partnership to improve affordable access to care expands to Jordan’s hometown of Wilmington, N.C. CHARLOTTE, N.C., Novant Health and Michael Jordan announced a $10 million gift to open two medical clinics in New Hanover County on the southeastern coast of North Carolina. The regional health care system and Jordan previously partnered to open two Michael Jordan Family Clinics in Charlotte, N.C., bringing comprehensive primary care, including behavioral health and social support services, to the area’s most vulnerable communities. Jordan’s gift will help Novant Health bring this same integrated care model to more rural and rural-adjacent communities in his hometown, offering much-needed services to those who are uninsured or…

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Southeast electric providers submit filing with FERC for proposed advanced bilateral market platform

February 15, 2021

Southeast Energy Exchange Market (SEEM) members filed with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today for approval of an automated, intra-hour energy exchange that aims to lower costs to customers and optimize renewable energy resources. The FERC filing and approval process will provide an opportunity for the members of SEEM to demonstrate the benefits of the proposed market design and for interested parties to provide feedback and comments for FERC to consider. The new SEEM platform will facilitate sub-hourly, bilateral trading, allowing participants to buy and sell power close to the time the energy is consumed, utilizing available unreserved transmission. …

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U.S. Chamber to Host Discover & Deliver Event: Bridging the Racial Gap for COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines

February 15, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Equality of Opportunity Initiative, in partnership with the Chamber’s Discover & Deliver campaign, will host the ” Equality of Opportunity in Action: Bridging the Racial Gap for COVID-19 Treatments and Vaccines” event on Tuesday, February 16 at 1:00 PM ET.   While Black Americans represent 13.4% of the U.S. population, those populations make up only 5% of overall clinical trial participants, according to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).   This virtual event will convene business leaders and medical professionals to discuss what the business community can do to support diverse communities’ inclusion in clinical research.   WHO: Rick…

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CFCC Alumnus Now Serves Campus Community

February 15, 2021

Wilmington, NC – Serving the community has always been built into Deputy Sheriff Santos Pagan’s DNA – that’s what attracted him to law enforcement in the first place. “I’ve always been one to help people. Growing up standing up to ‘bullies’ and standing up for what I thought was right. Helping the less fortunate and those who couldn’t stand up for themselves.” Prior to becoming a student at Cape Fear Community College, Pagan began working at the college as a security officer. He chose to enroll in CFCC because it was affordable and close to home and work. Pagan graduated from…

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Cape Fear Rural Planning Organization Transportation Advisory Committee Elects 2021 Officers

February 12, 2021

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The Cape Fear Rural Transportation Planning Organization (RPO) Transportation Advisory Committee (RTAC) elected officers for 2021 at its February 12 meeting, which was held virtually via Zoom due to COVID-19.  Brunswick County Commissioner Frank Williams was unanimously re-elected Chair and Whiteville Mayor Terry Mann was unanimously re-elected Vice Chair. Williams and Mann have served as chair and vice chair since January 2014. The Cape Fear RPO covers Brunswick, Columbus and Pender Counties and serves as the intergovernmental organization for local elected officials, the North Carolina Department of Transportation and residents of the region to work cooperatively to…

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Economists raise outlook for state budget, predicting more tax revenue

February 12, 2021

by Andrew Dunn, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — The state budget may be spared economists’ worst fears from the COVID pandemic, according to a new tax revenue forecast. New estimates for the current fiscal year are $4.1 billion rosier than the prediction made in May, says the new consensus revenue forecast released Thursday, Feb. 11, by the Office of State Budget and Management and the General Assembly’s Fiscal Research Division. The outlook is not completely positive. The state’s economic team warns that tax revenue may contract slightly in fiscal 2021-22 after years of growth. The state now expects a substantial tax…

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NC Democrats push to raise minimum wage

February 12, 2021

by David Bass, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Following President Biden’s proposal to increase the minimum wage nationally to $15 an hour, a handful of Democrats in the N.C. legislature have introduced a bill that would set that same earnings benchmark for noncertified public school employees. Rep. Terence Everitt, D-Wake, introduced House Bill 5 that would make the change effective July 1. On the Senate side, Sen. Don Davis, D-Greene, filed a bill that would require the Department of Public Instruction to study and make recommendations on the concept of raising wages to $15 per hour for the same employees. Both…

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Cooper threatens veto of school-reopening bill, calls for more funding

February 11, 2021

by Johnny Kampis, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper’s call for more money for schools while also indicating he would veto a bill that could send students back to school has many in the state scratching their heads. Last week, Cooper held a news conference in which he called for boosted spending on educators for the rest of the fiscal year that ends in June. But he has also expressed disdain for Senate Bill 37, “In-Person Learning Choice for Families,” which would require districts to offer some form of in-person learning for all students in the state. The Senate…

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Cooper signs COVID relief bill despite call for more spending

February 11, 2021

by Andrew Dunn, Carolina Journal News Service RALEIGH — Gov. Roy Cooper signed a more than $2 billion COVID relief bill on Wednesday, Feb. 10, despite his call for more spending. The General Assembly passed the bill, which includes $1.6 billion for public schools and another half-billion in rental assistance, primarily to allocate money passed down from the federal government. Cooper had outlined his own plan for spending the money, plus called for hundreds of millions more in spending from the state’s General Fund. In signing the bill, Cooper did not reference that plan. “This pandemic continues to strain communities across our…

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