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Report highlights child labor on US tobacco farms

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An international rights group says children as young as 7 are working long hours in US fields harvesting tobacco under sometimes hazardous and sweltering conditions. The Human Rights Watch report released Wednesday details findings from interviews with more than 140 children working on farms in North Carolina, Kentucky, Tennessee and Virginia. Full story...
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Durham VA Medical Center workers placed on leave

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Two employees at the Durham VA Medical Center are on administrative leave for what officials call inappropriate scheduling practices. Full story...
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NC to consider new e-cigarette tax

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The Republican-dominated North Carolina General Assembly will consider a new tax on electronic cigarettes. A panel that studies tax matters recommended Tuesday that the proposal be introduced during the legislative session that starts Wednesday. Support is coming from an unlikely source in tobacco giant Reynolds American, based in Winston-Salem. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Topsail High student in competition for new handicap van

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videoIt's mobility awareness month, and to celebrate the National Mobility Equipment Dealers Association is giving away five brand new wheelchair accessible vehicles. One Topsail High School student is hoping to be a lucky winner! Full story...
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New Hanover Regional Medical Center begins construction on new emergency department

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videoNew Hanover Regional Medical Center began construction on a new standalone emergency department in the northern part of New Hanover County. Full story...
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FIT MINUTE - Get over that plateau

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videoSo you've been working out for awhile and you've seen changes on the scale and in your body. But, maybe those changes aren't coming as quickly anymore, or maybe not at all. You've hit a plateau! You can get over it though. Full story...
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Study: Clinical trials have benefits for patients, economy

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While Wilmington usually receives attention for the area's beaches, clinical trial research is also getting the region attention. Today biopharmaceutical research companies touted the impact of trials on the economy. Full story...
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Kids get moving at Healthy Kids Day

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videoHundreds of folks brought their kids to Empie Park this weekend, taking advantage of the beautiful weather and getting active at Healthy Kids Day. Full story...
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3 more die from flu in North Carolina

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At least three more people have died from the flu in North Carolina. State health officials said Thursday that the number of flu-related deaths this season has reached 103. Full story...
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Erin Brockovich Rallies Outside Supreme Court for Camp Lejuene Victims

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Environmental activist Erin Brockovich and dozens of military veterans rallied outside the Supreme Court today as the justices heard arguments that an electronics company was responsible for polluting drinking water at Camp Lejuene that sickened thousands of Marines. Full story...
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CFPUA work means boil water advisory for part of downtown

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The Cape Fear Public Utility Authority has issued a precautionary boil water advisory for homes and business in part of downtown today during a planned service outage. Crews will replace three valves, which will shut down water service from 9 a.m. until about 4 p.m. Full story...
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North Carolina flu deaths reach 100

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State health officials say 100 people have died from flu in North Carolina this season. Officials said two people died from the flu last week, bringing the deaths from the viral illness to 100. Full story...
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NC governor proposes new coal ash plan after spill

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North Carolina's governor says he will propose new legislation aimed at strengthening government oversight of coal ash dumps following the massive spill at a Duke Energy plant that coated 70 miles of the Dan River in toxic sludge. Full story...
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NC officials urge caution after Hepatitis A cases

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Officials at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services are reminding residents to always take precautions when preparing food regardless of where they are. The warning comes as officials help Mecklenburg and Cabarrus counties respond after a case of Hepatitis A in a food handler. Full story...
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"One Cup of Tea" provides healthcare to more than 50,000 Hondurans

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The first annual "One Cup of Tea" fills the cup of many in need, A fundraiser in support of Saludhondu. Full story...
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