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NC health agency mapping Medicaid overhaul plan

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Gov. Pat McCrory's health agency is backing away from initial proposals to fix Medicaid costs by hiring a handful of big managed care organizations to run North Carolina's $13 billion health care system. Full story...
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ONLY ON 3: State inspections confirm complaints about Bladen jail conditions

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videoA trip to jail is not a visit to a luxury hotel, but there is a basic expectation of safety and health conditions. For months, though, we've heard complaints about problems inside the Bladen County Jail, and they're not just from inmates. They're also coming from state regulators. Full story...
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Pender Co. company earns top honor for commitment to worker safety

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videoThe NC Department of Labor awarded a Pender County company with a top honor today. Wilmington Box Company received the SHARP award for its safety and health conditions for workers. Full story...
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FIT MINUTE: Stretching your upper body

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videoBefore or after your workout personal trainers say you need to stretch. But, many forget to or just don't want to. WWAY's Makenzi Henderson shows you why you'll want to take the extra time to release and open up your muscles. She focuses on the upper body in this week's Fit Minute. Full story...
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Flu expert discusses deadly season across North Carolina

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videoThis winter has been a particularly tough flu season. Last week eight people in North Carolina died from complications associated with the flu, including one person in Pender County. "The flu is just not the common cold," NHRMC epidemiologist Dr. Paul Kamitsuka said. "It kills." Full story...
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Three North Carolina child service offices to close

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Three regional North Carolina government offices designed to help the youngest children with developmental delays or mental or physical disabilities are closing, eliminating 170 state employee positions. Full story...
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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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