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Insurers must cover birth control with no copays

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Also to be covered without copays are breast pumps for nursing mothers, an annual "well woman" physical, and screening for the virus that causes cervical cancer and for diabetes during pregnancy. And, plans will have to cover counseling on domestic violence, as well as other services. Full story...
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Swimming advisory lifted near Southport city pier

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The state Division of Marine Fisheries today lifted a water quality swimming advisory for a sound-side swimming area in Brunswick County. Full story...
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Eastern Equine Encephalitis found in New Hanover County

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New Hanover County Health Department encourages people to protect themselves from mosquito bites and the risk of Eastern Equine Encephalitis (EEE). Recent testing in the local sentinel chicken flock confirmed a positive sample of EEE in New Hanover County. This raises concerns about the mosquito-borne disease making its way into the human and equine populations. Human incidence of EEE is rare, but it is a dangerous disease. Full story...
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Mentally ill get support from feds

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The US Justice Department says North Carolina must find homes for the mentally ill in communities and stop housing them in adult care homes where residents describe their lives as regimented and boring. Full story...
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Abortion restrictions become NC law after veto override

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Women seeking abortions in North Carolina will be required to wait 24 hours and receive state-mandated counseling and an ultrasound before a procedure. Full story...
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Brunswick County Health & Severe Weather Expo is a hit

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video This year's Brunswick County Health and Severe Weather Expo was a big success with more than two dozen vendors and more than 200 people attending the free event. WWAY NewsChannel 3 is proud to participate in this and many community events. Full story...
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Bedroom makeover a wish come true for Pender Co. girl

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video A little girl in Pender County had her dream come true today with a room makeover. Nine-year-old Lauren Ritterbusch has a life-threatening condition that makes it hard for her to leave her home. Today, the Make-A-Wish Foundation gave her some modern comforts to make her stay more stylish. Full story...
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McDonald's: Apple slices in every Happy Meal

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McDonald's Corp. says it is adding apple slices to every Happy Meal, part of the chain's larger push to paint itself as a healthy place to eat. Full story...
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Brunswick County Health & Severe Weather Expo today

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WWAY NewsChannel 3 and Brunswick Community College would like to invite you to the 2011 Brunswick County Health & Severe Weather Expo. The Expo is 4-8 p.m. at Brunswick Community College's Odell Williamson Auditorium. Full story...
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Dr. Oz visits WWAY, answers viewer questions

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video You watch him every weekday at 10 a.m. on The Doctor Oz Show on WWAY. Monday, Dr. Mehmet Oz visited WWAY and joined us live in studio to talk about health and answer some question submitted by viewers. Full story...
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