Construction begins for new mental hospital –

GOLDSBORO, N.C. — The state of North Carolina is ready to replace another aging mental hospital, despite concerns by an advocacy group for people with disabilities.

Gov. Beverly Perdue and state health officials were expected at the groundbreaking ceremony this morning for a new Cherry Hospital in Goldsboro. The three-story psychiatric facility will cost $138 million to be completed by the end of 2012 and will serve patients in 38 eastern counties.

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