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Going Generic
1:00 pm
Mon May 22, 2006

Going Generic

(5/19/06) A North Carolina health insurance company is waiving members' co-pays on generic drugs through the end of July. Blue Cross Blue Shield says it introduced the co-pay "holiday" a few years ago to promote greater use of generic drugs. Generic drugs already make up 56% of all drugs dispensed in the United States and insurance companies hope to make that number even larger. From the Carolinas Business Bureau, WFAE's Jaime Bedrin report.

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Lottery Revenues in County Budget
1:00 pm
Mon May 22, 2006

Lottery Revenues in County Budget

(5/22/06) When Mecklenburg County Manager Harry Jones outlined his budget proposal last week, he included plans for a 1.5% property tax cut. Charges immediately came from prominent politicians, including Governor Mike Easley, that the county was improperly using new lottery revenue to, in effect, pay for the tax cut. WFAE's Craig Fahle spoke to County Commission Chairman Parks Helms about the controversy.

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Don't Mix Marriage and Remodeling
1:00 pm
Mon May 22, 2006

Don't Mix Marriage and Remodeling

(5/18/06) Some people get married. Some people remodel their house. But WFAE commentator Elizabeth Richardson says people who get married should not remodel their house.

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Going Generic
1:00 pm
Mon May 22, 2006

Going Generic

(5/19/06) A North Carolina health insurance company is waiving members' co-pays on generic drugs through the end of July. Blue Cross Blue Shield says it introduced the co-pay "holiday" a few years ago to promote greater use of generic drugs. Generic drugs already make up 56% of all drugs dispensed in the United States and insurance companies hope to make that number even larger. From the Carolinas Business Bureau, WFAE's Jaime Bedrin report.

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A New Life for Piedmont Courts
1:00 pm
Mon May 15, 2006

A New Life for Piedmont Courts

(5/15/06) Demolition has begun on a project to transform Charlotte's Piedmont Courts public housing complex into a new mixed-income neighborhood. WFAE's Mark Rumsey spoke with Jennifer Gallman at the Charlotte Housing Authority about the city's latest HOPE VI project.

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Proposed Immigration Reform Bill
1:00 pm
Mon May 15, 2006

Proposed Immigration Reform Bill

(5/15/06) Some North Carolina lawmakers are opposing legislation that would include a path to legalization for millions of undocumented immigrants. Critics say the proposed immigration reform bill would strain social services in the state. Jill Morrison reports from Capitol Hill.

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A Grand Mother's Day
1:00 pm
Mon May 15, 2006

A Grand Mother's Day

(5/15/06) WFAE commentator Betsy Lambert says this year the holiday is extra special for her and her two daughters.

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Honoring of Mothers
1:00 pm
Mon May 15, 2006

Honoring of Mothers

(5/15/06) Mother's Day is a time for some people to take their mothers out for a nice meal, give a present or send flowers. But for others, like WFAE commentator Sally Phillips, it's a time to show appreciation with a bit of reflection.

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Rare Air
1:00 pm
Thu May 11, 2006

Rare Air

(5/11/06) The first-quarter of 2006 saw US Airways make $65-million. The profits were welcome news for the airline's employees and customers. To get perspective on this week's news, WFAE's Scott Graf spoke with Steve Lott, the Business Editor of Aviation Daily.

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Medicare Part D Deadline Approaching
1:00 pm
Thu May 11, 2006

Medicare Part D Deadline Approaching

(5/11/06) The deadline to enroll in the new Medicare prescription drug plan is Monday, May 15th. WFAE's Jaime Bedrin spoke to local pharmacist Jesse Pike to find out if Charlotte-area seniors are scrambling to meet the deadline.

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