Two with disabilities win time

RALEIGH — A federal judge on Monday prohibited the state and a local mental health management office from cutting services to two Wilson-area people with mental illness and developmental disabilities until a full hearing on their lawsuit seeking to continue independent living.

U.S. District Judge Terrence W. Boyle said it’s likely that two residents identified in the lawsuit as Marlo M., 39, and Durwood W., 49, would suffer irreparable harm if a local mental health office went through with a money-saving plan to move them from their apartments. Their lawyers contend that the two would end up in institutions, though a lawyer for the mental health office disagreed with that conclusion.<strong Story continues here ➤<strong