Health insurance can be tricky to navigate, what with the difficulty many experience enrolling in care, and North Carolina’s decision not to expand Medicaid in 2014. And that’s why the Southeast Area Health Education Center, or SEAHEC, and the New Hanover County Health Department are holding free information sessions on the Affordable Care Act—also known as “Obamacare.” WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that until the March 31 deadline to enroll passes, these educators will be hosting these sessions around the region.
For the first time ever, the Wilmington Housing Authority is applying for a competitive, thirty-million-dollar grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, or HUD—and they want to make it a community affair. Today the Housing Authority gathered city and county leaders at the Hillcrest development to strategize on winning a Choice Neighborhood Grant. It’s part of an effort, as WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports, to transform housing projects into areas indistinguishable from the surrounding city.
The controversy surrounding the ongoing impact of coal ash pollution from Wilmington’s Sutton Energy Plant is intensifying. A biologist commissioned by the Southern Environmental Law Center released a report today claiming that coal ash waste is elevating levels of selenium pollution in Sutton Lake. Environmental advocates say this is killing and deforming thousands of fish, and thus threatening local fishing and tourism industries. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports.
Today marks the second annual Giving Tuesday event. The youngest among its siblings Black Friday, Small Business Saturday and Cyber Monday, Giving Tuesday functions as a post-Thanksgiving grassroots campaign to stimulate spending. But today, the focus is on charitable donations. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that local nonprofits are slowly but surely savoring the fruits of this baby holiday.
Myrtle Grove Christian School’s recent move to exclude the gay community is fetching statewide attention. Last night, members of the Raleigh-based gay rights group Equality NC gathered local educators, clergy and public figures together in Wilmington to speak out against the school’s new biblical morality policy, which prohibits students from families that support or participate in a gay lifestyle. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports.
All branches of the U.S. military are working toward incorporating women into front-line combat units by 2016. Yesterday, the nation’s first three women to ever complete a combat infantry training course graduated at Camp Lejeune. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that this kicked off a year’s worth of analysis the Marine Corps will be performing to determine the recommendation they’ll make to secretary of defense Chuck Hagel regarding the future of women’s roles in combat.
The concepts of sharing, saving and spending are coming to a library near New Hanover County pre-schoolers. With help from a grant from PNC Bank, the library is launching a program for the five-and-under set called Money-Smart Kids. WHQR’s Katie O’Reilly reports that the libraries will be tailoring story times and craft sessions to educate preschoolers - and their parents - about wise financial stewardship.