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Officials say 26 died from flu symptoms in NC last week

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videoState health officials say 26 people died from the flu in North Carolina last week, raising the death toll for 2014-2015 to 90. Full story...
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School systems opening late Thursday due to cold

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Due to the impending cold weather, some school systems have decided to start Thursday's school day late. Full story...
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Blue Cross allowing more comparison of NC medical costs

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North Carolina's largest health insurer is opening its databanks to let consumers compare the costs of elective procedures and drive down rising medical prices. Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina on Wednesday unveiled its online tool intended to make it easy to compare costs that can differ by thousands of dollars. Full story...
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Visitation restrictions begin at NHRMC due to flu

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To help prevent the spread of the flu, officials New Hanover Regional Medical Center announced today that they will start restricting visitors. Full story...
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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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