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North Carolina officials report 8 more flu deaths

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Health officials in North Carolina say eight more people died of flu-related illnesses last week, raising the death toll to 74 for the season dating back to November. Full story...
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NC high school student dies from disease

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Orange County health officials say a 14-year-old student at East Chapel Hill High School has died from an illness linked to meningitis. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: Sheriff Benston still won't talk about issues inside Bladen County Jail

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videoFor months we've tried speaking with Bladen County Sheriff Prentis Benston several times since first looking into problems at the county jail. In November, he referred us to County Attorney Leslie Johnson. So we sent Johnson a long list of questions and concerns about the jail in November, December, January and now February. Today we got some answers. Sort of. Full story...
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Flu death reported in Pender County

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video Pender County says a 49-year-old died last week of complications from the flu. It's the first flu death in the county this flu season. Full story...
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Fatal overdoses tied to synthetic opiate hit NC

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North Carolina officials say a synthetic drug five times stronger than heroin is being blamed for three deaths last month in Sampson, Person and Transylvania counties. Full story...
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Flu claims 7 more lives in NC, total reaches 64

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State health officials say seven more people have died from the flu in North Carolina, bringing the total number of deaths for this season to 64. Full story...
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Parents try to find ways to treat children's cabin fever

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video Many of you probably have been battling cabin fever after our second winter storm in three weeks, especially the kids. With schools out for another day, many parents are trying to find ways to entertain them. Full story...
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Red Dress Luncheon raises awareness, money for heart disease fight

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videoThe Red Dress Project is designed to bring women together to raise awareness of heart disease. Representatives say it's important to educate women on the symptoms. Full story...
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AG Cooper to appeal ruling on part of abortion law

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North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper says he's decided to appeal a federal court ruling that struck down part of a law requiring abortion providers to describe an ultrasound to women seeking to terminate a pregnancy. Full story...
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10 more flu deaths in NC: season total at 56

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video Health officials say 10 more people died from the flu last week in North Carolina, bringing the death toll for the flu season up to 56. Full story...
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CVS Caremark plans to stop selling tobacco products

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videoCVS Caremark is kicking the habit of selling tobacco products at its more than 7,600 drugstores nationwide. Full story...
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Brunswick County school board adopts new lice policy

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videoThe Brunswick County school board combed through the issue Tuesday night, and created a tougher policy on head lice. Full story...
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Progress made in backlog of food stamp applications

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Officials at the state Department Health and Human Services say they have made significant progress in clearing a backlog of food stamp applications ahead of a federal deadline next week. Full story...
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Winter freeze leading to epidemic of cabin fever

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After three days of being cooped up, folks around the region are ready to venture outside. The winter weather can be fun for a little while, but now everyday tasks are becoming a hassle. Full story...
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