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Cumberland County has received $65 million in federal pandemic relief, and officials plan to devote $16 million toward initiatives that will help people afford housing. These funds will go toward …

As N.C.’s decades-old rape kits are tested, new DNA evidence emerges

Sitting in shelves and languishing in storage rooms throughout North Carolina, more than 16,000 untested sexual assault kits contained the keys to solving decades-old crimes. Two of these kits …

Why Chemours is challenging EPA over PFAS drinking water advisory

In response to an updated federal drinking water advisory, the chemical company Chemours filed a lawsuit last month against the Environmental Protection Agency, challenging the science behind the …

Against the backdrop of mounting evidence that links per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) to negative impacts on human health, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine (NASEM) released a study that calls for testing the blood of people with extended exposure to the man-made chemicals.

State veterans agency ignores NCGA deadlines for assessing state veterans nursing homes

Until they heard from Gov. Roy Cooper, the state Division of Military and Veterans Affairs slow-walked directives and missed legislative deadlines to look into the state veterans nursing home system …

How state ARPA grants are helping rural communities in Southeastern NC

Last month, Gov. Roy Cooper’s office announced the recipients of the Rural Transformation Grant Fund, a program funded through state dollars received from the American Rescue Plan …

Would Cape Fear River barrier wall do enough to stop contaminants?

To help reduce PFAS groundwater contamination, Chemours has applied for a state permit to build an underground 1-mile barrier wall along the Cape Fear River near its facility in southern Cumberland County, but some advocacy groups and residents in the area say the permit doesn’t go far enough.

Pilot sexual assault nurse training program would get boost from NC budget

The state’s nearly $2 billion budget for the new fiscal year includes $1.5 million to boost Fayetteville State University’s fledgling training program for sexual assault nurse examiners, or SANE nurses.

Sustaining local farmers with creative ARPA funds application

Linda Brittain was setting up her stand at the Mills River Farm Market one Saturday morning when she saw a little boy pick up a stone from the ground and hand it to her.  He was trying …

Fuquay-Varina couple carries blood stem cells across the U.S.

Retired couple Karon and Leo Mertens, who live in Fuquay-Varina, are traveling more than they ever have. Since the beginning of 2020, they’ve gone on 48 trips, flying thousands of miles all over the United States. To Washington, Ohio, Texas and many more destinations. 

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