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Hagan raising money with VP as GOP criticism rises

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Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is wrapping up a difficult week both defending and criticizing the health care overhaul with a return to North Carolina to raise money for her re-election campaign with help from Vice President Joe Biden. Full story...
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McIntyre crosses aisle, votes for GOP Obamacare reforms

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The Republican-controlled House has passed legislation letting insurance companies sell individual coverage to all comers, even if it falls short of standards set in "Obamacare." Full story...
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NHRMC ranked among best in nation

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videoNew Hanover Regional Medical Center is one of the 2013 "Health Strong" Hospitals. That puts NHRMC among the top 2.5 percent of hospitals in the nation. Full story...
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Obama move on cancelled plans may touch 475K in NC

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Some of the nearly 475,000 North Carolina residents whose health insurance policies were canceled by their companies for not meeting new federal coverage standards may get to keep the policies. Full story...
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Obama will allow old insurance plans

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videoPresident Barack Obama says he hears Americans who are upset about losing their health insurance "loud and clear" and is offering a fix. Obama on Thursday announced that insurance companies can keep offering consumers plans that would otherwise be cancelled. Full story...
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Bellamy Elementary student diagnosed with whooping cough

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videoA New Hanover County Schools spokeswoman confirms one student has been diagnosed with whooping cough at Bellamy Elementary. Full story...
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As health costs soar, medical tourism offering options abroad

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video Nearly one million Americans are now traveling abroad for medical procedures. Some insurance companies are now giving patients the option to go out of the country to get more affordable health care. The new phenomenon of medical tourism is something already happening all around you, proving that American healthcare cost are some of the highest in the world. Full story...
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Dentists offer cash for Halloween candy

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videoLooking to get rid of some of halloween loot? A couple area dentists will help. Full story...
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Triathlon attracts athletes nation-wide

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videoAthletes from all over the country started a long day of swimming, biking, and running at Wrightsville Beach Saturday morning for the PPD Beach2Battleship iron distance and half iron distance triathlon. Full story...
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HAPPENING THIS WEEKEND: Operation Medicine Drop collects prescription drugs

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videoIf you've been wondering what to do with old prescription drugs in your medicine cabinet, you have a chance to get rid of them safely this weekend. Full story...
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Sen. Hagan seeks enrollment, penalty delays

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North Carolina Sen. Kay Hagan wants the Obama administration to delay by two months the period in which individuals can sign up for health insurance through the new government website and when financial penalties begin for those remaining uninsured. Full story...
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NC audit: 1 in 5 pharmacies uninspected in years

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A state audit says North Carolina pharmacy regulators did not inspect a fifth of the state's 2,700 drug stores in six years or more, a condition that risked discovering mistakes like dispensing the wrong medication or shorting prescriptions. Full story...
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Happening Friday: Alzheimer's Gala raises awareness and money

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video There may be as many as 5.3 million people with Alzheimer's disease living in the United States. But if you care for someone with Alzheimer's or another dementia, your person is more than a number. Full story...
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Annual walk to raise arthritis awareness, research funds

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video The community is coming together this weekend to fight against a disease that affects almost 50 million people in the US. Full story...
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FDA warns pet owners of dangerous jerky treats

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The Food and Drug Administration is asking dog and cat owners to report any problems their pets have had after eating jerky pet treats. Full story...
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