By Hannah Critchfield In the spring of 2008, the Chapel Hill community was shaken by the murder of the University of North Carolina’s student body president. Eve Carson, a 22-year-old white woman, was kidnapped at gunpoint on the early morning of March 5, and forced to withdraw money from several… Read more
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BY PETER H. LEWIS, Asheville Watchdog HCA Healthcare, which owns and operates Mission Hospital in Asheville, reported this month that it made $1.4 billion in profits for the first three months of 2021, more than double the amount for the same period last year.  The new figures follow HCA’s report… Read more
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By Thomas Goldsmith When COVID-19 first appeared in early 2020, legislators in North Carolina and other states wanted to make sure providers weren’t unfairly penalized for treating the unknown new disease. Lawmakers addressed this by passing the Emergency or Disaster Treatment Protection Act as part of a COVID omnibus bill… Read more
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By Greg Barnes In the 1980s, the water in Lake Michigan was a cloudy, blue-green soup of algae and other living microorganisms. Fast forward to today. The lake is so clear that bathers standing neck-deep in it can easily see their feet on the bottom.  And that’s not a good… Read more
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North Carolinians will soon be able to go outside without wearing face coverings and not be in violation of the state’s mask mandate. Gov. Roy Cooper announced on Wednesday that after 5 p.m. Friday face masks will no longer be required in outdoor settings, though public health officials continue to… Read more
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By Anne Blythe When Carmen Morrison closed the doors of Marizetta Kerry Child Development Center for nearly a month a year ago, the executive director of the Charlotte facility had no idea how much COVID-19 would alter the lifestyles of her staff, the children they care for and their families…. Read more
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By Hannah Critchfield The couple entered Drew Reisinger’s office in Asheville after a three-hour trip across two state lines. He was 49, and she had just turned 17. They’d traveled to North Carolina from Kentucky for the state’s more permissible marriage laws, they said.  It was 2019, one year after… Read more
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By Anne Blythe Gov. Roy Cooper stood at the front of the state House of Representatives chamber on Monday night and provided lawmakers his take on the state of the state. As North Carolina begins to emerge from the coronavirus pandemic that laid bare many of the state’s systemic inequities,… Read more
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By Greg Barnes It has long been known that elevated lead exposure in children can damage their nervous systems and cause learning disabilities, stunted growth, hearing loss, low IQ, increased aggression, and impaired formation and function of blood cells What hasn’t been known until now is that nearly one in… Read more
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By Robert Cushing, The Daily Yonder, April 15, 2021 The overwhelming population growth story of the past 50 years has been the increasing concentration of people in central cities and their suburbs. At the same time, growth has slowed in rural America and in smaller cities. The central counties in… Read more
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By Rose Hoban In the 18 weeks since the first North Carolinian received a vaccination against the novel coronavirus that’s upended the world for the past year, the state has managed to put about 6.6 million doses of vaccine into the arms of more than 3.8 million people.  That mass… Read more
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By Anne Blythe As the demand for COVID-19 vaccines slows in many counties, Gov. Roy Cooper and his public health team have offered an inducement for the unvaccinated and all who have friends and family who haven’t gotten a shot yet. When the state gets two-thirds of the adult population… Read more
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By Hannah Critchfield As the vaccine rollout continues behind bars, North Carolina state prisons are expanding opportunities for families to see incarcerated loved ones. All young children are now permitted to visit parents or family members in prison.  This new policy went into effect on April 1, according to Department… Read more
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By Taylor Knopf Proposed state legislation filed in response to a years-long feud between an Asheville neighborhood and a local needle exchange could threaten syringe exchanges across North Carolina. Senate Bill 607 seeks to ban mobile exchanges, require engraved needles, background checks, forced treatment and more.  Meanwhile, opioid overdose deaths… Read more
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By Liora Engel-Smith A freezing February rain pummels the hospital windows, but for once, it won’t reach Donna. The 52-year-old cannot remember the last time four solid walls and a roof protected her from the bitter Appalachian winter.  The bacterial infection that brought her to the intensive care unit in… Read more
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By Jordan Wilkie Carolina Public Press A year after the more than 460-case outbreak at Neuse Correctional Institution in Goldsboro became one of the biggest hot spots for COVID-19 at the time, the N.C. Department of Public Safety (DPS) is reporting only 18 active cases of the disease across all… Read more
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For 35 weeks, Tomeka Isaac had a normal pregnancy.  As a 40-year-old Black woman, she was at high risk for preeclampsia, a complication characterized by high blood pressure that can cause organ damage. But she diligently went to every doctor’s appointment, and to her relief, was told her blood pressure… Read more
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By Hannah Critchfield The news during 2020 was filled with tragic scenes of families visiting their senior loved ones through windows, health care professionals breaking down over the lonely deaths of patients in intensive care wards, and funerals carried out without families receiving the caresses and comfort of loved ones. … Read more
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By Anne Blythe The Johnson & Johnson single-dose vaccine has been a shot that many people have been drawn to because it offers one-and-done protection from COVID-19 as the global coronavirus pandemic continues into a second year. Then, in yet another of the endless twists and turns delivered by the… Read more
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By Thomas Goldsmith Dolores Gardner of Greenville looks forward to receiving farmers-market-fresh vegetables along with meals delivered to the home she shares with her husband Austin.  Those are coming from Pitt County Meals on Wheels in July as one of the services financed through Home and Community Care Block Grants,… Read more
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By Anne Blythe As the sun set in leafy west Durham, leaving a palette of salmon- and gold-colored streaks across the sky, a steady stream of people walked up to the Asbury United Methodist Church on a windy Thursday evening. Upbeat salsa music wafted from an amplifier in the church… Read more
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By Hannah Critchfield For many student athletes, track meets are the culmination of weeks and months of hard work. Practice, practice, practice might get you to the top of the podium– but that doesn’t mean all the endurance-building sprints or the weight-lifting repetitions are fun along the way. Competitions are… Read more
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By Liora Engel-Smith Come July 1, North Carolina’s Medicaid program is being placed into the hands of commercial insurers, and this time, state officials say, the transition is all but guaranteed. The move will change Medicaid, the largest public insurer in the state, into something that looks and acts more… Read more
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By Thomas Goldsmith and Rose Hoban In 2016, the state prisons’ medical system was allowing millions to slip away by passing up federal discounts from costly inmates’ prescriptions, a legislative watchdog team observed. Then came a pointed report from the agency, the Program Evaluation Division, that brought about a mandate… Read more
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By Anne Blythe Though it’s only April, Gov. Roy Cooper and his public health team are looking ahead to the Fourth of July. Cooper and Mandy Cohen, secretary of the state Department of Health and Human Services, told reporters Tuesday that over the next week they will develop a forecast… Read more
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This story is supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center for Crisis Reporting and co-published by NC Health News, the Charlotte Post and the Charlotte Observer. By Melba Newsome Melissa James can still recall meeting her first coronavirus patient. A woman– probably in her mid-30s–came to the Southpark office… Read more
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Jordan Rau, Kaiser Health News, January 29, 2021 In America’s health care system, dominated by hospital chain leviathans, New Hanover Regional Medical Center in Wilmington, North Carolina, is an anomaly. It is a publicly owned hospital that boasts good care at lower prices than most and still flourishes financially. Nonetheless,… Read more
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By Anne Blythe As North Carolina’s COVID-19 vaccination numbers go up, the number of people getting tested for the virus has gone down. While that could be a sign of hope that virus spread has slowed because of the millions of people who are fully or partially vaccinated in this… Read more
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By Greg Barnes North Carolina environmental regulators have penalized Chemours nearly $200,000 for failing to meet terms of a consent order and violations related to the construction and installation of required measures to treat residual “forever chemicals” at the company’s Fayetteville Works plant. Those treatment measures became operational in September… Read more
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By Melba Newsome Dec. 11, 2020. I consider that my first official day as a participant in the Johnson & Johnson/Janssen vaccine clinical trial. I’d volunteered a month earlier and gone in twice before but that’s the day I finally got the jab. Months would pass before I knew for… Read more
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By Liora Engel-Smith Even as North Carolina’s health care providers have administered nearly 5 million coronavirus vaccinations, the state’s Latino and African American populations remain underrepresented among those who received at least one shot. To help decrease that gap, the Biden Administration has awarded a collective $161 million to 40… Read more
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By Hannah Critchfield A new program through the University of North Carolina seeks to boost the number of Black people working as doulas in North Carolina. Its founder hopes these doulas will help address a national crisis in maternal mortality by reducing birth risks for expectant Black parents within the… Read more
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by Kate Martin, Carolina Public Press Phil Wells and his siblings visited his 93-year-old mother every weekend. Described as a “social butterfly” by her son, Rosalee Wells was a homemaker who raised five children. She lives in a Wake County nursing home and had a vibrant social life before the pandemic. “We took her… Read more
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By Anne Blythe Anybody in North Carolina who’s at least 16 years old will have access to a COVID-19 vaccine by April 7. Gov. Roy Cooper shared the news with reporters on Thursday, saying the state could accelerate access because of an expected increase in vaccine supplies in the coming… Read more
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By Anne Blythe, Thomas Goldsmith, Rose Hoban, Taylor Knopf Two weeks have passed since Gov. Roy Cooper stood with Democratic and Republican lawmakers outside the North Carolina Museum of History to announce that, in a new spirit of bipartisan negotiating, both sides of the aisle had come to consensus on… Read more
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By Rose Hoban A few days ago, Jay Smith and his wife, Yolanda, loaded up his wheelchair in the car and went down to the state Division of Motor Vehicles office near his Raleigh home to surrender his license. “You can’t do it by mail, you have to go there,”… Read more
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By Anne Blythe Restaurants, bars, barbershops, museums, retail stores and more could see a welcomed pickup in activity in the coming weeks, perhaps pushing some businesses closer to the kind of busyness they experienced before everything went haywire last spring as the novel coronavirus outbreak evolved into a global pandemic…. Read more
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By Taylor Knopf It’s common for law enforcement officers to respond to people in mental health crises. Desperate family members often call 911 if they believe a loved one is at risk of harming themselves. If a patient expresses suicidal intent, health professionals will sometimes call for the police assistance…. Read more
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By Hannah Critchfield For a rollout large enough to combat the novel coronavirus pandemic, you need volunteers. A lot of them. Getting shots into millions of arms requires boots on the ground, and to vaccinate a majority of North Carolina’s population – who reside in a nation already experiencing a… Read more
Published on: 3 months ago
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By Christine Vestal Stateline Brittany Bankhead-­Kendall, 34, was a newly minted surgeon when the COVID-19 pandemic began. At first, like thousands of other health care professionals, she worked tirelessly in crisis mode. But by last fall, she was experiencing random and repeated physiological symptoms, including a racing heart and dimmed… Read more
Published on: 3 months ago
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