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The bankrupt U.S. Postal Service faced an audit by the Office of the Inspector General. A report released by this agency reported 982 cases of the U.S. Postal Service paying leases on postal buildings to current or former employees, fourteen in North Carolina alone. These leases cost the Postal Service millions annually, potentially as high as $5.4 million worth of \"financial conflicts\" in these leases.
Proposed changes to rule that govern medical malpractice lawsuits are supposed to reduce costs and attract more doctors to North Carolina. Yet two companies, Medical Mutual and MAG Mutual, enjoyed record-breaking financial years even without these changes, noting massive success rates in winning malpractice suits.
State legislators are preparing to change North Carolina’s medical malpractice laws. The new bill would put a cap on the amount of money individuals can be awarded as a result of pain and suffering caused by an accident. Also, the bill will put a tougher standard on proving malpractice in emergency cases. Legislators say this will save money and make health care more affordable. There are questions whether part of the bill would be considered unconstitutional if challenged in the courts.