Originally created 09/29/03

Across the southeast



Recompense approved over sterilizations

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - Gov. Mike Easley quietly approved a list of recommendations last month to compensate survivors among the 7,600 people sterilized through a state program, many through coercion and the application of bad science.

The remedies offered to them include education benefits through the University of North Carolina system and community colleges and access to a health care fund.

Mr. Easley also approved a plan to help those who were sterilized negotiate the maze of medical records needed to confirm their stories. The state might turn to college students to assist those people.

The cost of the proposals hasn't been determined.

Mr. Easley apologized in December for the actions of the Eugenics Board of North Carolina, which ordered sterilizations from 1929 through 1974. Most of the victims were poor women who were often talked into sterilization by social workers.

Panel begins inquiry into high court judge

JACKSON, Miss. -A judicial review board has launched an inquiry into allegations against a state Supreme Court justice, including claims that he threatened to "whip" the chief justice and intentionally delayed cases as payback before his term on the court ends.

Justice Chuck McRae on Sunday said the complaint was "much ado about nothing" and called it a strong-arm tactic by the five high court justices who made the allegations, including Chief Justice Edwin Pittman.

The complaint, dated Sept. 17, charges that since his election defeat, Justice McRae has "set about to deliberately and maliciously bring dishonor to the Supreme Court."

The complaint says the Mississippi Commission on Judicial Performance launched an inquiry after Chief Justice Pittman and four other judges said Justice McRae told them he intended to make the remainder of his term as difficult as possible for the others.

Newly isolated village awaits water services

HATTERAS, N.C. -Workers who hoped to get water to the stranded residents of Hatteras Village within seven days will have to bore deeper than they expected under a breach carved across the island by Hurricane Isabel.

The new inlet, 10 feet deep and about 2,000 feet wide, has cut off the village on the southernmost tip of Hatteras Island. The storm scoured three cuts across N.C. Highway 12 - the Outer Banks' main road - destroying the road and cutting water and electric lines.

Engineers had planned to drill just under the breach to carry a Dare County water line to the 300 people in the village. Now the drilling will have to be done to 120 feet, said Dorothy Toolan, a spokeswoman for Dare County Emergency Management.