Headlines for week ending: Sunday, April 15 2012

(4.13.12) Little support for new rules to limit Mission Hospital
ASHEVILLE — Lawmakers on Thursday said there was little support for regulations that would drastically limit Mission Hospital’s operations despite a state House committee’s recommendations to do so. The hospital, one of the largest employers in Western North Carolina, held a lunch briefing for legislators, business leaders and health care officials.

(4.13.12) Burr backs health research to create Asheville jobs
WEAVERVILLE — Sen. Richard Burr, R-N.C., voiced his support for federally-funded medical research that not only saves lives, but creates technology jobs for state residents. Thermo Fisher Scientific, a leading manufacturer of freezers used in laboratories worldwide, helps keep North Carolina on the edge of new medical discoveries, while creating new jobs, Burr said Thursday during a tour of the Weaverville plant on Aiken Road.

(4.12.12) Grove Park Inn staff must reapply for jobs
ASHEVILLE — Owners of the Grove Park Inn told the inn’s nearly 900 workers their employment officially ends when the resort is sold and they must reapply for their jobs. Officials with the new managing company confirmed Wednesday that all employees would essentially be laid off as the inn changes hands, though that would not necessarily mean they would be out of work.

(4.11.12) Fee on Asheville sweepstakes devices weighed
ASHEVILLE — A type of gaming vilified by gambling critics could soon help build low-cost homes in the city. Asheville officials Tuesday said they hoped a fee charged to proprietors of video sweepstakes machines could boost an affordable housing fund to the tune of $200,000. {It’s another viable possible revenue source,” said Lauren Bradley, city finance and management services director.

(4.11.12) Grove Park Inn gets new owner
ASHEVILLE — After 60 years, the iconic Grove Park Inn overlooking downtown from Sunset Mountain is getting a new owner. After weeks of speculation, KSL Capital Partners of Denver confirmed Tuesday that the private equity group has reached a deal with Sammons Enterprises to buy the Grove Park Inn Resort & Spa, adding the mountainside inn to a portfolio of luxury resorts.

(4.10.12) Former House Neil hopeful charged
ASHEVILLE — Former attorney and congressional candidate Sam Neill stole money from his clients to improve his lifestyle and cover losses at his law firm, according to federal prosecutors. And now he’s reached a deal with the government, though the details are not public. Neill will be prosecuted under a bill of information, which is sometimes used in place of an indictment, according to new documents filed in U.S. District Court in Asheville.

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