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2nd NC child dies from flu complications

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State health officials say a second child in North Carolina has died of complications from the flu. The state Department of Health and Human Services reported the death on its website Friday. While neither the child's age nor identity have been released, the website reports the victim was between 5 and 17 years old and died last week. Full story...
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NC Medicaid projects running in black this year

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North Carolina's Medicaid office is predicting a small budget surplus this fiscal year despite higher than expected spending in prescription drug use and continued enrollment growth for the state's health insurance program for poor people. Full story...
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26-year-old female polar bear dies at NC Zoo

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Officials at the North Carolina Zoo say Patches, its 26-year-old female polar bear, has died after several weeks of declining health. General curator Ken Reininger and senior veterinarian Dr. J.B. Minter said a necropsy, which is an animal autopsy, showed Patches had an extensive lung mass suggestive of lung cancer. Full story...
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DANCE FOR LIFE: Team Victoria and Daniel

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video Our own Daniel Seamans is competing in the November 22nd "Dance for Life" during the Women of Hope Diamonds and Champagne Hope Ball. A vote for Team Victoria and Daniel will in turn benefit Women of Hope's mission to support women with cancer and their families. Here's a sneak peek at what's in store! Full story...
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Surgeon with Ebola died, Nebraska hospital says

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videoA Nebraska hospital says an Ebola patient being treated in its biocontainment unit has died. Full story...
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Court orders NC school to allow teen to attend

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A judge says a North Carolina teenager barred from attending school over fears about Ebola can return to class. Full story...
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EXTRAORDINARY PEOPLE: "Relive Your Dream"

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videoLet's face it, the older we get the harder it can get to be as active as we were in the younger years. This week's Extraordinary Person of the Week doesn't live by those standards. Matter of fact, at the age of 80, Dick Secondo is running circles around some folks half his age. He wants others here in the Cape Fear to realize that age doesn't have to be a number! Full story...
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Catawba County euthanizes 87 cats for disease

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Catawba County authorities have euthanized nearly 90 cats after two were found dead from a contagious disease. Full story...
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Fort Bragg to be among 5 US bases to isolate Ebola-mission troops

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U.S. officials say the top U.S. military officer has designated five U.S. bases where American troops would be housed and isolated for 21 days upon returning from Africa after serving in the Ebola-response mission. The officials said Joint Chiefs Chairman Gen. Martin Dempsey signed a plan Friday that lists Fort Hood and Fort Bliss, Texas; Fort Bragg, North Carolina; Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Washington; and Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia, as quarantine locations. The U.S. also hopes to use bases in Italy and Germany for troops based in that region. Full story...
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HAPPENING TOMORROW: Free health screenings for veterans

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videoIn honor of Veterans Day, staff at Wilmington Surgical Associates are donating their time on Saturday to perform free vascular and blood pressure screenings to area veterans. Full story...
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