Tuesday, September 27, 2022


Massachusetts steps up for Puerto Rico, the White House convenes its first hunger conference in more than 50 years, and hydroponics could be the future of tomatoes in California.


Arizona's Sen. Kyrsten Simema defends the filibuster, the CBO says student loan forgiveness could cost $400 billion, and whistleblower Edward Snowden is granted Russian citizenship.


The Old Farmer's Almanac predicts two winters across the U.S., the Inflation Reduction Act could level the playing field for rural electric co-ops, and pharmacies are dwindling in rural America.

North Carolina

According to the National Bureau of Economic Research, Americans spent $6 billion more on at-home energy consumption during 2020, compared to before the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

Monday, September 26, 2022

NC Could See Larger Utility Bills; Duke Blames Rise in Fuel Costs

North Carolina's largest utility company said rising fuel costs are making it more expensive to bring power to consumers and is proposing a rate hike …

Falls among adults age 65 and older caused more than 34,000 deaths in 2019, making it the leading cause of injury death for this group, according to the CDC. (Adobe Stock)<br />
Risk of Falling Increases with Age; Prevention Tools Can Help

One in four Americans age 65 and older takes an unexpected fall each year. During Falls Prevention Awareness Week, experts are encouraging older …

North Carolina is one of 12 states that have not expanded Medicaid, worsening the burden on already scarce rural health-care providers. (Adobe Stock)
Despite Decades of Progress, Health-Care Challenges Remain in Rural NC

As state lawmakers continue negotiations over Medicaid expansion, advocates say decades of funding community-based initiatives have helped create …

In 2016, the FDA issued a safety warning on risks associated with ovarian cancer screening tests, including false negatives could result in delayed treatment. (Adobe Stock)
NC Lawmaker Pushes for FDA Regulation of Clinical Blood Tests

Congress is considering legislation to place more oversight on diagnostic lab tests currently not regulated by the Food and Drug Administration…

In a 2021 Harvard survey, at least two-thirds of the public said they trust nurses, and that healthcare workers and doctors know
Faith & Health Event Spotlights Wellness for North Carolinians

A faith-driven community event in Greensboro this Thursday offers a full day of free workshops on healthy eating, mental health, HIV prevention and …

The U.S. Department of Education estimates Americans collectively owe more than $1 trillion in federal student loans. (Adobe Stock)<br />
NC Colleges Hope Biden’s Loan Forgiveness Plan Improvess Financial Literacy

Federal student-loan relief applications are expected to be online in a few weeks, and financial-aid offices say this also is an opportunity to …

An estimated six million children with asthma in the United States are especially vulnerable to air pollution, according to the Environmental Protection Agency. (Adobe Stock)
More NC Residents See Link Between Pollution, Health

Cancer, stroke and heart disease are among the leading causes of death for North Carolina residents, and mounting evidence shows these and other …

Elementary schoolers should get at least nine hours of sleep per night, according to pediatricians at the Cleveland Clinic. (Adobe Stock)
Healthy Habits for NC Kids Can Start with Back-to-School

Experts say there are a few steps North Carolina families can take to help young children feel prepared and ready to begin the new school year…

Around 60% of adults exhibit some amount of teeth grinding during their sleep, according to the Sleep Foundation. (Flickr/B-Zedan)
NC Dentists See Rise in Stress-Related Teeth Grinding, Jaw Pain

Dentists in North Carolina say they are seeing an uptick in patients with mouth problems stemming from teeth grinding at night, including cracked …

Weather experts predict the upcoming 2022 hurricane season has a 60% chance of producing more storms of higher intensity. (Jillian Cain/Adobe Stock)
New Bill Allocates Money for Improving NC's Coastal Resilience

The Inflation Reduction Act, newly signed into law, allocates billions of dollars to fight climate change, including funds specifically for coastal …

Around 75% of college students who struggle with depression and anxiety are reluctant to seek help, according to the Mayo Clinic. (Adobe Stock)
Students Returning to Campus Urged to Check Mental-Health Resources

As college students head to campus in the coming weeks, mental-health experts are urging both students and parents to familiarize themselves with the …

The Four Leaf Clover Program is a small group making a big difference in Benson, N.C., where its volunteers organize summer day trips and provide lunches for local children. (Cleo McKinnon)<br />
Grassroots Group Offers Rural NC Kids Access to Summer Activities, Meals

Many rural North Carolina kids lack access to summer camps and consistent meals when school is out, but an organization in Benson is working to …


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