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Nine flu deaths reported in NC during Christmas week

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State health officials say at least nine people died from influenza in North Carolina during the week of Christmas. Hospitals reported that more than 950 patients in North Carolina tested positive for flu. Full story...
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NC marks 5 years since smoking banned in bars

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videoNorth Carolina health officials are praising the benefits of a 5-year-old state law that banned smoking in bars and restaurants. Friday marks five years since the effective date of the law that also limited smoking rooms at hotels or motels to 20 percent of the total. The law survived a series of lawsuits by pool hall and nightclub owners challenging an exception that allows smoking at private clubs. Full story...
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Novant Health restricting access to hospitals due to flu

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Novant Health officials say they will be limiting who can come into their facilities during this widespread outbreak of the flu virus. Full story...
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He's going to Disney World!

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A trip to Disney World means the world to one Brunswick County child. The 10-year-old found out he is going to Disney World in January. Eldon, who is autistic, suffers from a nervous-system disorder, and many other ailments, but hopefully he'll be able to forget about that for a bit when he goes to Florida. Full story...
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NC again near top for subsidized health plans

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North Carolina is again one of the country's busiest states for consumers signing up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said Tuesday nearly a quarter-million North Carolina residents signed up for the first time or re-enrolled in health plans in the first month of the latest sign-up period. That trails only Florida and Texas. Full story...
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New Hanover Co. installs permanent drop boxes for medication disposal

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videoNew Hanover County officials announced Tuesday two new permanent drop boxes that will give residents safe new options to dispose of expired, unwanted medications. Full story...
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NC to appeal ultrasound law decision

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North Carolina's attorney general plans to ask the US Supreme Court to review an appeals court ruling that the state's ultrasound law is unconstitutional. Full story...
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US moves toward dropping lifetime ban on gay blood donations

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Federal health officials are recommending an end to the nation's lifetime ban on blood donations from gay and bisexual men, a 31-year-old policy that many medical groups and gay activists say is no longer justified. Full story...
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Appeals court strikes down NC abortion law

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A federal appeals court has struck down a North Carolina law requiring abortion providers to show and describe an ultrasound of the fetus to the pregnant woman, even if the patient refuses to look or listen. Full story...
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Harpist on Call spreads Christmas cheer

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videoHarpist on Call usually provide musical therapy for patients to provide help with pain and anxiety. They also help spread holiday cheer by performing holiday classics to help ring in the Christmas season. Full story...
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