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Kickback Jack's challenges smoking ban

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When is a wall not a wall? That was the main issue Wednesday when Battleground Restaurant Group Inc. appealed $1,200 in fines levied against it by the New Hanover County Health Department for violations of the state law that prohibits smoking in a restaurant. Full story...
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With delay in sunscreen regulations, expert offers advice for sun lovers

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video Last year the FDA made new rules for sunscreen makers. But an extension on compliance means many sunscreens still boast protections that may not be enough. We checked with a dermatologist to find out what you should be looking for before soaking in some rays. Full story...
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Schools turn their noses up at 'pink slime'

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The nation's school districts are turning up their noses at "pink slime," the beef product that caused a public uproar earlier this year. The US Department of Agriculture says the vast majority of states participating in its National School Lunch Program have opted to order ground beef that doesn't contain the product known as lean finely textured beef. Full story...
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With 10 cases this year, New Hanover Co. offers free rabies shots

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With ten cases of rabies in New Hanover County already this year, the Sheriff's Office Support Services Division gave out free rabies shots for pets Saturday. Full story...
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UPDATE: NHRMC moves to electronic patient records

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videoThe way doctors access your medical records may soon change. But what will it mean for you? New Hanover Regional Medical Center is hoping to better connect with their patients thanks to a new electronic health records system, NHRMC Connect, which is going online Saturday. Full story...
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NC Senate responds to chicken nuggets school case

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North Carolina lawmakers are reacting to a recent chicken-nuggets lunchroom controversy that raged on conservative talk shows and web sites by banning school officials from looking at the nutritional balance of home-packed meals. Full story...
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NYC proposes ban on sale of oversize sodas

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New York City officials say they believe their proposed ban on large sodas and other sugary drinks in eateries will prove popular with residents and start a national trend. Full story...
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10th rabies case in New Hanover Co.; Free vaccines this weekend

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Animal Control Services says the victim was working in the yard and did not see the rabid fox Sunday when it ran out and bit her wrist. She was able to shake the animal off. A neighbor then killed the fox. Full story...
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Novant Health eliminating nearly 300 jobs

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Novant Health is laying off nearly 300 workers. The Winston-Salem company said Tuesday it will eliminate 289 management and staff positions. Full story...
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Doctors report rise in children eating detergent packs

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Miniature laundry detergent packets arrived on store shelves in recent months, touted as a solution to bulky bottles and messy spills. But doctors across the country say children are confusing the tiny, brightly colored packets with candy and swallowing them. Full story...
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