STATE NEWS BRIEFS, WEEK OF AUGUST 16-22, 2011
[WAYNE COUNTY] Health department experts say the most important months to protect yourself from mosquito bites in North Carolina is August and September. That’s primarily because of the deadly West Nile virus which, state health officials say, has already claimed its first victim of the year. An unidentified Wayne County man is said to have died as a result of a mosquito bite that transmitted the virus. Experts say make sure you and your family use mosquito repellant containing DEET, picaridin, IR3535 or lemon eucalyptus oil from dawn to duck to guard against infection.
CHARLOTTE ABORTIONIST RAILS AGAINST SAVING “UGLY BLACK BABIES.”
[CHARLOTTE] An abortion doctor was caught on videotaped angrily challenging anti-abortion protesters at his door to “adopt one of those ugly black babies” in order to get them off “the taxpayers money.” Dr. Ashutosh Vimani, an obstetrician – gynecologist, who works for an abortion clinic, was arguing with members of Operation Save America through his open front door, when the group’s camera caught him as he made the remark. Dr. Vimani was even videotaped saying, “I, as a taxpayer, do not wish for those babies to be born and brought up and kill those people in Colorado,” referring to the recent Batman movie theater slayings in Aurora, Col. several weeks ago. Dr. Vimani has not been available to clarify his remarks.
NORTH CAROLINA NAMED “STATE OF THE YEAR” FOR ECONOMIC EFFORTS
[RALEIGH] Southern Business & Development, a leading publication covering and promoting economic development in the American South, announced that North Carolina has been named the “2012 State of the Year.” North Carolina is being honored as State of the Year based on its performance in 2011. North Carolina also received this accolade in 2005 and 2006. “This recognition is further proof that North Carolina is a great place to start or grow a business,” said Gov. Bev Perdue. “Our investments in education, highly skilled workforce, and low cost of doing business are major reasons that people and businesses thrive in North Carolina.”