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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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NC Medicaid gap fix given final legislative OK

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The Legislature has given final approval to a method to close a shortfall in North Carolina's Medicaid program this year that also contains a provision to slow efforts to privatize medical services for prisoners. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Cancer patient shocked when one late payment led to eviction notice

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video When you get sick, the last thing you want to worry about are your bills. But one Wilmington woman says she's so worried about money, she can't focus on getting better. And now she may have to worry about where she's going to live. Full story...
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Local pediatrician writes funny, informative book on fatherhood

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videoA local pediatrician couples education with humor in a new book about parenting. Full story...
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Nine-year-old honored as hero

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New Hanover County Commissioners and emergency responders say a nine-year-old girl is a hero. Ella Flewwellin saved her mom's life by calling 911 when she had a seizure. Full story...
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NC teen smoking rates reach historic lows

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A survey presented by the state Department of Health and Human Services says the percentage of North Carolina teens who smoke has hit an all-time low. Full story...
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Free kids health screenings Saturday

"Kids Health and Fun Day" happens Saturday from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. at Jessie Mae Monroe Elementary School in Ash.

Kids will enjoy pony rides, bounce houses, petting zoo and more. Parents, treat your children to free scoliosis screenings, spinal checks, eye exams and dental exams.

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