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Drugmaker provides experimental drug for Ebola use

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A North Carolina drugmaker says it is providing an experimental antiviral drug for patients with Ebola, an emergency step authorized by the Food and Drug Administration. Chimerix Inc. says physicians sought federal permission to use company's drug, called brincidofovir, which is in late-stage testing for other types of viruses. The company did not identify the physicians making the request. Full story...
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Samaritan's Purse to provide Ebola relief supplies

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A North Carolina-based Christian relief organization is flying about 100 tons of supplies to west African nations struggling to halt the spread of the deadly Ebola virus. The Rev. Franklin Graham, president and CEO of Samaritan's Purse, outlined the mission at a news conference Wednesday at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Full story...
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Health officials say NC infant mortality rate down

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State health officials say North Carolina's infant mortality rate in 2013 matches the rate three years ago as the lowest ever. The Public Health Division of the Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday the rate for 2013 was 7.0 per 1,000 live births. Full story...
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McCrory makes picks to coal ash panel he opposes

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Gov. Pat McCrory has made three appointments to the new Coal Ash Management Commission formed to decide how much industrial waste Duke Energy is required to clean up from its 33 unlined dumps across North Carolina. McCrory opposed the legislature's creation of the nine-member panel, which he says violates the state constitution by removing control of the ash cleanup from his administration. Full story...
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Officials confirm first Ebola case diagnosed in US

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videoFederal health officials have confirmed that a patient being treated at a Dallas hospital has tested positive for Ebola. Full story...
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Surf City doctor's license suspended for drug use, substandard care, conduct

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videoA Surf City doctor's license has been suspended after the NC Medical Board says he violated several standards for being a doctor in North Carolina, including drug abuse, substandard care and conduct issues. Full story...
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FIT MINUTE - Get fit on your lunch break

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videoMany people don't believe it's possible to work out their whole body in less time. Many think you just can't get the same effect as if you were exercising for hours. But, according to WWAY's Helen Holt, it is possible. She shows us in the Fit Minute. Full story...
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Charlotte doctors face drug charges

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Charlotte police have charged two eye doctors with drug trafficking after investigators said the doctors wrote fake hydrocodone prescriptions for some patients and stole the pills. Police said in a statement that Dr. Benjamin Hobbs and Dr. Samuel Hobbs are each charged with trafficking in opiates, obtaining a controlled substance by fraud and larceny. The brothers own Clear View Eye Care. Full story...
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RN: 'We're seeing them get sick very rapidly'

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videoWe're reaching the start of flu season but the flu isn't the only thing floating around right now. The mysterious respiratory virus that has had a large impact in the midwest now has reached North Carolina. Full story...
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Autism insurance in NC subject of pro-Tillis ad

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An group that says it's not required to disclose donors is spending another $2 million on television ads promoting U.S. Senate candidate Thom Tillis by highlighting his support for requiring insurance coverage for autism disorders. Full story...
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Food Bank egg-cited about big donation

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videoIt was an "egg-cellent" day for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Wilmington. Full story...
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State officials confirm enterovirus, won't say where

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Six North Carolina children have tested positive for the enterovirus but their locations are not being released to protect identities. Full story...
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FIT MINUTE - Guys, don't make these common workout mistakes

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videoHey guys! Do you want the physique of a Greek god? You can do that by working out and eating right. However, you might also want to make sure you're not sabotaging your weight-loss and sculpting efforts! You can learn about the common mistakes men make in the gym that keeps them from their most perfect form. Full story...
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Students weigh backpacks to learn impact of heavy loads

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videoCFCC students weighed in on more than just class to promote healthy habits in downtown Wilmington today, just in time for National Backpack Day. Full story...
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NC agency reviewing Medicaid expansion options

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North Carolina's health secretary says her agency is collecting information for Gov. Pat McCrory to offer him possible options for expanding Medicaid coverage under the federal health care overhaul. Full story...
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