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Photo: A study by Physicians for a National Health Program found the U.S. spends almost four times as much on administrative costs as neighboring Canada and significantly more than other countries with single-payer systems. Photo courtesy: Norbert Kaiser

RALEIGH, N.C. – As debate over health care reform and the Medicaid expansion continues in North Carolina and the rest of the nation, one solution to the problem of health care costs could lie in how much hospitals spend on nonmedical-related expenses. A study released this week by Physicians...Read More

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PHOTO: New research from the Urban Institute reveals a growing disparity between the number of insured parents in states that opted for federal expansion of Medicaid, versus those that turned down the federal money. Photo credit: Bart Everson/Wikimedia Commons.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Parents in North Carolina are among those feeling the effects of the state's decision to turn down federal dollars to expand Medicaid. A new report released this week by the Urban Institute examines the impact to the more than 300,000 North Carolinians who fall into the coverage gap;...Read More

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PHOTO: North Carolina voters have until Oct. 10 to make sure they're properly registered in their home precinct in order to vote in the November election. Photo credit: Tom Arthur/Wikimedia Commons.

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina voters have one month left to make sure they're registered to vote in their home precinct. Changes to the election laws brought about by the state's new voting law passed last year eliminate same-day registration, and also a voter's ability to cast a ballot in a precin...Read More

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PHOTO: If this summer's unseasonably cool temperatures and high volume of precipitation are any indication of what to expect come fall, North Carolina ski resorts should be opening early this year. Photo credit: S. Carson.

BOONE, N.C. - North Carolina's cool, wet summer has residents grumbling about tall grass and wet basements, but it's welcome news to the state's ski resorts, who take the summer temperatures and precipitation as a good indication of what to expect during this year's ski season. Drew Stanley, market...Read More

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PHOTO: Research from the Tufts University organization CIRCLE indicates North Carolina's youth vote could play a decisive role in the November U.S. Senate race. Photo courtesy Lars Plougmann

RALEIGH, N.C. - The race for North Carolina's open U.S. Senate seat could be a fight 'til the end, but the key to victory could come down to the youth vote. Democratic incumbent Kay Hagan is defending her office against Republican opponent State Representative Thom Tillis. New research from a nonpa...Read More

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PHOTO: An offshore oil platform, like this one in the North Sea, is similar to what is being proposed for the North Carolina coast. Thursday's court ruling against BP could prompt more caution in future drilling plans. Photo courtesy of Institute for Southern Studies.

NAGS HEAD, N.C. - BP now stands to pay up to $17 billion in Clean Water Act fines after a judge on Thursday ruled the oil company was "grossly negligent" in its conduct leading up to the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010. The money will go toward the Gulf Coast cleanup, but Steve Cochran, directo...Read More

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PHOTO: Henry Lee McCollum, seen with his attorneys, and Leon Brown were declared innocent and released from prison after serving 31 years for a crime they did not commit. Photo credit: Gerda Stein.

LUMBERTON, N.C. - They spent 30 years behind bars, and today two North Carolina men can walk free. On Tuesday, the North Carolina Innocence Inquiry Commission presented DNA testing to a Robeson County judge, exonerating Henry Lee McCollum and Leon Brown in a 1983 rape and murder. District Attorney ...Read More

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PHOTO: The national Reach Out and Read organization distributes books through pediatrician offices at children's well-check visits. Photo courtesy of Reach Out and Read.

RALEIGH, N.C. - After a long day of work and school, finding time to read to your child can be a challenge, but experts say making time to do so can offer a valuable bonding experience for both parent and child. Programs like Reach Out and Read work to encourage reading, and executive director Bria...Read More

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