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Federal regulators have threatened to terminate Medicare funding for a psychiatric hospital in eastern North Carolina after a series of visits to the facility, which started with a complaint alleging mistreatment and sexual assault of an 11-year-old patient. 

Before Europeans came to North Carolina, the Skarure Woccon tribe (Cape Fear Indians) sustained themselves by hunting, fishing and harvesting herbs and other plants in the lower Cape Fear River Basin.  More popularly known as Tuscarora Indians, many tribal members continue to live spread across land, including Bladen, Columbus and Pender counties, where they still follow cultural traditions. Some tribal members fish in the Cape Fear River, hunt on adjacent land, and harvest wild plants for food, healing and rituals.  However, a chemical commercially known as GenX in the river may force members of the tribe to reconsider long-held cultural practices to protect their health.

Her health insurer delayed her MRI – as the cancer spread

Kathleen Valentini was 47 when she first noticed a nagging pain in her hip. The Waxhaw mom tried physical therapy, but her pain just got worse. Her doctor ordered an MRI to find out what was going on, according to court documents and Kathleen’s husband, Val Valentini. 

Bill offers expanded rights, better access to information for those under guardianship

People under guardianship in NC would have more rights and information, under proposed revamp of statutes Laws on guardianship in North Carolina have remained unchanged for decades, and advocates …

There’s a scene in the classic comedy film "Blazing Saddles" when the town pastor is begging town folk not to take rash action against the newly appointed and highly unpopular sheriff.

Bill gives UNC Health free rein to consolidate without antitrust concerns

Big changes could be ahead for the UNC Health system if a bill approved Monday by the state Senate wins support in the House.

Cherryville leaders delay lithium company’s zoning proposal

Gaston County residents will have to wait until May to voice their opinion about whether the city of Cherryville should relinquish zoning jurisdiction for five parcels to support Piedmont Lithium’s mining initiative.

RALEIGH – After reporting record-breaking ridership in 2022, the state’s intercity passenger rail service achieved record ridership for the first quarter of 2023, according to the N.C. Department of Transportation.

Bill makes it easier to call for help when there’s an overdose

At least 4,243 people in North Carolina died from overdoses in 2022. Mary O’Donnell knows the pain of having a loved one die in such a situation. She’s been fighting for years to get overdose numbers down.

Lawmakers debate changes to rules for young drivers

A bill in the General Assembly would shorten to nine months the amount of time a teen driver must hold a learner's permit.

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