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At least 15 dead as severe weather sweeps across central US; on Memorial Day, IA labor leaders honor fallen workers; Medical center installs microgrid to safeguard clinic power supply; 'Second look' laws gain traction, but MS sticks to elderly parole; Will summer heat melt New Mexicans' cravings for ice cream?

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One congressman cites ways Biden could get more support from communities of color. A new Louisiana law reclassifies two abortion medications as controlled substances. And Ohio advocates work to boost youth voter turnout.

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Smokey Bear thought only "you" could prevent forest fires, but decomposing mushrooms may also help, a Native American community in Oregon is achieving healthcare sovereignty, and Colorado farmers hope fast-maturing, drought-tolerant seeds will better handle climate change.

North Carolina

The North Carolina Division of Mitigation Services has determined the real estate value of salt marshes in the state is more than $123 billion, based on their overall contributions to the environment and economy. (Adobe Stock)
North Carolina launches five-year plan to restore salt marshes

North Carolina's 220,000 acres of salt marshes face multiple threats to their major roles in climate protection and ecosystem health, from rising …

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Black women are at particularly high risk of heart disease and stroke during pregnancy, which TaShenma Mack found out firsthand before the birth of her daughter. (Photo courtesy of TaShenma Mack)
NC mom raises awareness of heart disease risks for new mothers

North Carolina's maternal death rate is higher than the national average and cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among new moms in th…

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About 7.4 million adults take insulin, a hormone regulating glucose and used to treat diabetes patients. (Adobe Stock)
Insulin shortage raises concerns for people with diabetes in NC

More than 1 million people in North Carolina are diabetic and they have become increasingly worried about the national shortage of insulin. The …

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Veterans account for about 10% of the total population in North Carolina. (Adobe Stock)
VA Volunteer Transportation Network seeks drivers to support veterans

Veterans in North Carolina are in desperate need of reliable transportation and the Veterans Affairs Volunteer Transportation Network is reaching out …

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According to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, red wolves were first listed as endangered in 1967, and are currently listed as endangered under the Endangered Species Act of 1973. (US Fish and Wildlife Service)
Red wolf pups signal hope for endangered species in NC

Ahead of Endangered Species Day this Friday, conservation groups in North Carolina are celebrating the birth of eight red wolf pups at the Alligator …

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Columbus County only has two voucher-accepting schools, according to data from North Carolina State Education Assistance Authority. (Adobe Stock)
Impact of private school voucher funding on rural areas raises concern

Legislation to boost private school voucher funding in North Carolina is raising concerns among educators, particularly in rural areas. Educators say …

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According to the Prison Policy Initiative, about 305,360 men and 93,925 women are released from prisons and jails in North Carolina every year. (Felix Mizioznikov/Adobe stock)
A new hotline connects formerly incarcerated people with re-entry services in NC

A North Carolina group hopes to help people stay out of prison by connecting them to critical resources. Recidivism Reduction Educational Programs …

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North Carolina is the sixth-largest producer of cotton in the United States. (Adobe Stock)
'Planet and people first': NC businesses see benefits of 'ESG'

Businesses large and small are doubling down on their commitment to more sustainable practices, even as lawmakers in North Carolina and other states …

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Federal researchers found nearly three in four children who were disenrolled during the
Report: NC works to keep kids on Medicaid health coverage

A new report showed North Carolina is one of only a few states taking a cautious approach to removing families with children from Medicaid since the p…

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According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, about 40 workers die every year from heat-related incidents, but farmworker advocates said the number could be higher. (Adobe Stock)
Group takes steps to protect NC farm workers from heat stress

Farmworkers in North Carolina and across the U.S. face scorching heat with little protection at the federal and state level. However, the Farm Labor …

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North Carolina is home to approximately 675,000 veterans, 20,000 National Guard reservists and 100,000 active-duty service members. (Adobe Stock)
UNC system streamlines military credit conversion for college degrees

For active-duty service members and veterans eyeing a college degree, the march to academic success just got easier. The University of North Carolina …

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Over the span of a decade, the Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust has invested $107.5 million across ten North Carolina counties including Beaufort, McDowell, Halifax, Rockingham, Burke, Edgecombe, Nash, Bladen, Columbus and Robeson.
Report finds long-term Investment in rural areas improves resources

A new report reveals that investing in rural areas can improve essential resources for the people living there. Despite a significant rural …

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