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Teen sexual extortion cases rising online, NC officials warn

As teens spend more time on social media, parents need to watch for signs that they are being exploited, North Carolina officials warn. Between 2021 and 2022, the FBI saw a 600 percent increase …

The Department of Defense relies on hundreds, if not thousands, of weapons and products such as uniforms, batteries, and microelectronics that contain PFAS, a family of chemicals linked to serious …

North Carolina gears up for challenges ahead of Medicaid expansion on Dec. 1

If not for Medicaid, the majority of residents of Robeson County wouldn’t have health insurance. Fifty-four percent of people in this rural community — home to 116,530 at the  …

Cumberland County DSS preparing for Medicaid Expansion

The Cumberland County Department of Social Services (DSS) is preparing for the launch of North Carolina’s Medicaid Expansion on Dec. 1, 2023. An estimated 35,000 citizens in Cumberland …

Lawmakers: Don’t let the political aisle be a barrier to good health care policy

The drumbeat of polarized partisan rancor can be so deafening that messages of people working together in politics can easily get lost. But it’s happening, here in North Carolina — a …

James “Lucky” Deans is used to working in times of crisis. Over the years, the electrical lineman has traveled up and down the East Coast with fellow crew members in the wake of hurricanes and natural disasters, lending a hand to public power utilities and repairing downed power lines in communities left without electricity. 

Nancy Strickland Fields serves as director and curator of the Museum of the Southeast American Indian located on UNC Pembroke’s campus, working for the museum since 2017. As director and …

How will 2024 election maps change Cumberland County?

Last month, North Carolina lawmakers enacted three new maps to revise the state's district maps for both chambers of the General Assembly and Congress.

10 tips for municipal elections day voters

On Tuesday, November 7, eligible voters in 465 municipalities across 86 counties will go to the polls to cast ballots in elections for offices such as mayor and town or city council. 

Law enforcement agencies are stepping up patrols of impaired drivers as part of the annual Halloween Booze It and Lose It campaign. From now through Oct. 31, law officers statewide will be increasing saturation patrols and using checkpoints to keep impaired drivers off the road, according to a news release. 

Every year, the 6,000 people who live adjacent to the Port of Wilmington, in New Hanover County, are assaulted with hundreds of tons of air pollution: from the concrete plants spewing ultrafine dust, the fumigation facilities legally emitting neurotoxins like methyl bromide and phosphine, the ships and trains and tractor-trailers exhaling plumes of diesel fumes.

North Carolina’s six local behavioral health management companies — known as  LME-MCOs  — will see some significant restructuring soon. 

Rockingham County struggles with the same health issues that plague most of the state’s rural communities. Residents suffer from  high rates of diabetes and other chronic conditions. There aren’t enough local providers to ensure equitable access to care. The population is aging.  During a recent discussion at Rockingham Community College in Wentworth, the county of about 91,000 people was presented as a microcosm of rural health in North Carolina.

Kids in foster care often need mental health care. But options are limited in rural N.C.

Amanda Price and her husband were finally in the process of adopting their three daughters in 2022. The couple had fostered the girls for four years and had planned to adopt them in 2020, but the Covid-19 pandemic caused delays.

People go to the annual North Carolina State Fair for all kinds of reasons. It might be the topsy-turvy rides. Or perhaps the Village of Yesteryear and the antique farm machinery. Often, though, the food is a major attraction.

Student organization delivers hope, support to hospitalized children

The idea formed when Jana Tagel-Din remembered the light in her mother’s eyes after seeing the flowers and cookies. Her mother was in the hospital — her second bout with cancer, this time Stage 4 colon cancer. Tagel-Din remembers visits to the hospital as draining. But then she saw how her mother lit up at an unexpected gift. That moment in May 2022 blossomed into the nonprofit Care to Care NC.

Will increased pay solve North Carolina’s home nursing shortage?

North Carolina does not have enough private-duty nurses to provide home-based services to Medicaid participants with complex medical needs, creating a crisis for many working families who cannot single-handedly manage their loved ones’ care.

Skyrocketing teen boy suicides linked to firearms access

Suicide rates were 3.2 times higher for teenage boys than teen girls between 2018 and 2020 — with guns increasingly playing an outsize role. Boys and young men represent  80 percent …

As Tropical Storm Ophelia showered the North Carolina Piedmont with a windy drizzle Saturday, dozens of people at High Point University gathered inside the Congdon Hall auditorium for an unusual ceremony. After several years of planning, campus leaders and guests were ready to break ground for the Workman School of Dental Medicine. The weather wasn’t cooperating, so they headed indoors, where 10 gleaming shovels on a table awaited them near a shallow dirt-filled pit on the patterned carpet.

NC researchers see a pathway to an AIDS-free world

Across the globe, scientists, doctors, public health practitioners and community-centered groups are continuing their work to combat the transmission of HIV.  And they’re turning the tide against the disease.

Understanding September’s asthma toll on children and communities of color

September is an exciting time for many, as summer’s long, hot days begin to give way to cooler temperatures and fall colors. Primary school and college students return to classes, and crowds pack high school bleachers and college stadiums on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons to cheer on their favorite fall sports teams, among other fun autumn activities. But for children and communities of color — especially Black Americans — experts suggest grabbing an inhaler before heading out to enjoy seasonal pastimes. 

With just hours left for Congress to come up with a funding deal, government observers say a government shutdown seems likely. This will mean certain non-essential employees will be furloughed, services will cease and more.

Approaches to student mental health vary on UNC campuses reeling from pandemic

Providing young people with the mental health resources they need is crucial, said Dan Marlowe, associate dean and chair of Behavioral Health at Campbell University, during an Aug. 24 town-hall meeting on mental health at the school.

On a Friday night in late July, Axe to Grind got a visit from the local police. Zaidoon Al-Zubaidy, co-owner of the Hamlet cafe, was presenting a local band in the back room. When he learned there were officers out front, he joked with his staff that a night out isn’t successful until the cops are called, but still, he was concerned. He had a packed house, and he didn’t want a scene. …

Greensboro tries new approach to curb gun violence

Arthur Durham is keenly aware of the impact that gunfire and other street violence can have on a community. As a boy growing up in Philadelphia, that was the world he lived in. His mother battled heroin addiction, and his father was absent. Now, he’s bringing the expertise he has accumulated from his childhood and work in Philadelphia and New York to Greensboro, where a new violence interrupter program is being launched.

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