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Agent Orange spending concerns Burr

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North Carolina Sen. Richard Burr says he has concerns about a proposal to spend billions of dollars on disability compensation for Vietnam veterans who get heart disease. Full story...
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Blue Cross and Blue Shield to issue refunds, raise rates

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North Carolina's largest health insurer says it will refund $155 million to more than 215,000 individual policyholders as a result of the Affordable Care Act that took effect earlier this year. Full story...
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Health Department starts flu shots

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video Flu season has arrived, and the New Hanover County Health Department is trying to do everything it can to make sure you're ready. This year, the H1N1 strain is included in the regular shot, so there's only need for one needle. Full story...
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Gov. Purdue decides not to investigate UNC insurance claim

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North Carolina Governor Beverly Perdue officially responded to Students for Life of America's request for an investigation into the UNC System's abortion health care policy. Full story...
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Review shows problems, possible solutions in Pender Health Department

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video An outside investigation confirms some employee complaints at the Pender County Health Department. The University of North Carolina's School of Public Health is shedding some light into what exactly the department needs to do to solve management problems. Full story...
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Optimist Club sets up fund for kids' prescriptions

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A Wilmington civic group is jump starting a new fund to help out children in need. Optimist of the Port City established the Pediatric Pharmacy Fund. Full story...
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Dated medical supplies heading overseas to help

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Mission Ready is a program that collects expired medical and surgical supplies that cannot be used in the US due to strict guidelines. Doctors say the materials and supplies are still fine to use, especially in places like Haiti, which is still recovering from January's devastating earthquake. Full story...
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Eighth rabies case identified in New Hanover County

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New Hanover County Animal Control Services authorities have confirmed the eighth case of rabies so far this year. On September 1, a Canterbury Road resident reported she had been attacked and bitten by a fox as she was getting into her car. Full story...
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Flu shots hit stores this week

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Nobody wants to get sick, but you can help avoid a sickly season, by getting your flu shot. This year, the H1N1 and seasonal flu are combined into one shot. Full story...
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Possibly tainted meats sold at Walmart recalled

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Roast beef and ham that was distributed to Walmart delicatessens nationwide and sold in sandwiches has been recalled because it might be tainted with potentially harmful bacteria, the U.S. Department of Agriculture said Tuesday. Full story...
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Cancer-stricken girl gets pink fire truck

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Kayla Nunnery was diagnosed with Stage 4 Hodgkin's Lymphoma last year. Today she's not thinking about that. Instead, she's thinking pink. Full story...
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Wilmington researchers try to help solve adolescent depression

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video Overcoming depression can be an uphill battle, especially because the symptoms are difficult to recognize. This is especially true for teenagers. Full story...
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UPDATE: Prison officials rule out tuberculosis

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The department of corrections says all the test samples from inmates at Tabor Correctional are negative for tuberculosis. Full story...
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State wants to regulate drink choices at daycares

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video State lawmakers have their hands full this week coming up with a new budget. And as if that weren't enough, the House also approved a bill that legislates how much juice and milk kids can get in private daycares. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Prison officials investigate inmate's illness

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videoA sick inmate at an area prison has the Department of Corrections testing for tuberculosis. On Tuesday Tabor Correctional officials removed a inmate from the prison after he complained numerous times about his health. The man was so sick that prison officials had to take him to Central Prison in Raleigh to get treated. Full story...
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