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SCOTUS begins issuing new opinions, with another expected related to the power of federal agencies, the battleground state of Wisconsin gets a ruling on alternative voting sites, and coastal work is being done to help salt marshes withstand hurricanes.

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The Supreme Court for now protects access to abortion drug mifepristone, while Senate Republicans block a bill protecting access to in-vitro fertilization. Wisconsin's Supreme Court bans mobile voting sites, and colleges deal with funding cuts as legislatures target diversity programs.

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As summer nears, America's newest and largest international dark sky sanctuary beckons, rural job growth is up, but full recovery remains elusive, rural Americans living in prison towns support a transition, while birth control is more readily available in rural areas.

North Carolina

Other efforts in North Carolina aimed at protecting salt marshes include Gov. Roy Cooper's Executive Order 80, and the state's 2020 Climate Risk Assessment and Resilience Plan. (Adobe Stock)

Friday, June 14, 2024

NC counts on salt marshes' role in hurricane protection

Hurricane season is here, and conservationists are shining a light on the role salt marshes play in protecting coastal North Carolina communities…

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Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the U.S., according to the American Heart Association. It claimed more lives in 2021 than all forms of cancer and chronic lower respiratory disease combined. (Adobe Stock)

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

NC woman highlights role of family history in heart health

A North Carolina woman is highlighting how important knowing your family history can be in matters of the heart. According to the American Heart …

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Revolution Mill is a former textile factory, spanning 45 acres about two miles outside downtown Greensboro. The 800,000-square-foot development features shops, offices, restaurants and apartments, and 2005 Revolution Mill, a $38 million mixed-use commercial and residential project. (Adobe Stock)

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Federal program helps transform NC communities, boost economies

Federal New Market Tax Credits are helping transform abandoned areas and boost local communities in North Carolina and across the nation. In …

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Firsthand Foods collaborates with more than 20 farmers across 10 counties. (Adobe Stock)
Building a sustainable food system: Firsthand Foods' approach

Building a sustainable and fair food system benefiting people and the planet is becoming increasingly important and North Carolina businesses are answ…

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About 47,000 people are locked in North Carolina's state or local jails, compared to about 8,800 in federal prisons in the state. (Adobe Stock)
Proposal aims federal dollars at reducing state prison populations

In North Carolina, 57,000 people are behind bars, with most housed in state prisons. A new proposal has surfaced to bring the numbers down but it …

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Leaders of TSA unions nationwide ratified a historic contract March 11. It includes new rights for officers, such as a grievance and arbitration procedure, protection from unfair discipline, improved uniform rights and allowances, better leave conditions and the ability to negotiate local issues.(Geza Farkas/Adobe Stock)
North Carolina TSA officers win with landmark labor deal

Transportation Security Officers in North Carolina and beyond are celebrating a new labor deal which will bolster workers' rights. The seven-year …

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More than 1.2 million people in North Carolina have active suspensions for failure to pay court costs in a criminal case or failure to appear in court.(Adobe Stock)
Saturday 'warrant clinics' increase court access in NC

Groups in North Carolina are rallying to change the way people are punished for low-level offenses, trying to break a cycle in which minor offenses …

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A new Interdisciplinary Arts degree at William Peace University will be a Bachelor of Arts and replaces the university's Bachelor of Fine Arts, theatre, musical theatre, and arts administration degrees. (Adobe Stock)
NC university introduces customizable degree program

A North Carolina university wants to break the mold for people studying the arts. A new degree program will not require students to narrow their …

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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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