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PHOTO: Fire ants are a non-native species threatening more areas of North Carolina. Scientists say that's due in part to warmer temperatures. Photo courtesy National Wildlife Federation

RALEIGH, N.C. - This time of year, it's hard to step out into the yard without getting a bite from a mosquito, fire ant or tick. If you think these pests are becoming more common, it may not be your imagination, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. In North Carolina, war...Read More

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PHOTO: More than half of teens surveyed for the Pew Research Internet Project said they'd observed instances of cyber-bullying. Photo courtesy www.stopbullying.gov

RALEIGH, N.C. - Bullying is no longer a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. Experts like Peggy Caruso, a li...Read More

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PHOTO: Luna Willhelm,5, has asthma. Her parents believe it was caused by poor air quality in the environment and the family believes someone should be held responsible. Photo courtesy: Rebecca Cheatham

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - This year, thousands of children from North Carolina will go to school with an inhaler to treat asthma. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, almost 7-million children nationwide have asthma, which is just over nine-percent of the population. In some cases,...Read More

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GRAPHIC: Financial stresses are weighing heavy on a majority of North Carolina's most active voting bloc. Photo courtesy: AARP.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - If you're worried about your financial future and retirement security, you're in good company. A nonpartisan voter survey released this week by AARP of North Carolina finds the most active voters in the Tarheel State rank high on the "anxiety index" when it comes to their financi...Read More

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PHOTO: According to the Center for Rural Affairs, rural areas have higher percentages of households receiving SNAP benefits than urban areas or small cities. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Oftentimes, the issue of hunger is associated with people in inner cities, where the cost of living tends to be high, but a new study shows some of the greatest need can be found where America's food supply is grown and raised. Jon Bailey with the Center for Rural Affairs authored ...Read More

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PHOTO: Efforts to convince more mothers to breastfeed their babies have paid off over the years, as 79 percent in the United States and 67 percent in North Carolina begin by nursing. Proponents say the health benefits, both for moms and infants, are many. Photo credit: delariman/iStockphoto

RALEIGH, N.C. - In North Carolina and across the nation, August is National Breastfeeding Month. It has supporters touting the benefits of mother's milk, often called "nature's perfect baby food." Mothers who breastfeed can reduce their risk for diabetes, cardiovascular conditions and some forms o...Read More

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PHOTO: Nutritionists recommend including at least two fruits and/or vegetables in a child's lunchbox, and having them help with the selection and lunch-packing process. Photo courtesy childrensfoodtrust.org

RALEIGH, N.C. – The start of the school year is just weeks away and, while there's no shortage of the latest backpacks and school-supply displays at the big-box stores, nutrition experts are reminding parents of the importance of what's in their child's lunchbox as well. Nutritionist Keith K...Read More

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PHOTO: Smoky Mountain High School in Jackson County will be the pilot site for Jackson County Schools' program to monitor the online activity of its students. Photo courtesy Jackson County Schools

SYLVA, N.C. - Who should be monitoring students' online activity? Traditionally, the answer is parents, but one North Carolina school system is employing a private company to monitor posts and "tweets" in what it describes as an effort to protect students' safety. Meanwhile, the ACLU of North Caroli...Read More

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