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Congregate outbreaks pose key challenge for NC mountain health care

Interventions by ‘strike teams’ help manage outbreaks at nursing homes; COVID-19 cases mount at Mission Health; St. Luke’s hastens test results through a partnership by Neil Cotiaux , Carolina Public Press August 11, 2020 _________________________________________________________________ When a COVID-19 outbreak hit an assisted living center in Henderson County in April, a “strike team” was formed to assist […]

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Equestrian fraud scheme leads to federal guilty plea for former Buncombe commissioner

Ellen Frost admits to role in fraud conspiracy in federal court plea, could get up to 5 years in prison. by Staff Reports  August 10, 2020 The federal courthouse in Asheville. Carolina Public Press file photo Ellen Frost, the 65-year-old former Buncombe County commissioner facing accusations of using federal funds to sponsor equestrian activities, pleaded guilty […]

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Storm closing on eastern NC: Isaias picking up speed, could bring devastating rains

Areas along coast and inland areas of Eastern North Carolina prepare for potentially devastating flooding as Tropical Storm Isaias approaches. by Kirk Ross  August 3, 2020 Image from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration website shows the projected path for Tropic Storm Isaias, which takes the system across much of Eastern North Carolina. Scattered rains started falling […]

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Police accountability: Accessing law enforcement records in NC

by Kate Martin   Audio from Carolina Public Press · Police accountability: Accessing law enforcement records in NC As calls for police accountability sweep the nation, more people are interested in understanding how to find out whether law enforcement officers in their communities have been accused of misconduct. However, even getting something as simple as a police report in North Carolina […]

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legislative provision addressing public access to records used in a death investigation

Gov. Roy Cooper, seen here at an earlier press conference, said Wednesday that a legislative provision addressing public access to records used in a death investigation is “problematic,” but he didn’t say he won’t allow it to become law anyway due to other measures in the bill. Screen grab from UNC-TV Following public outcry and […]

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Underdog wins congressional primary in election under pandemic’s shadow

JUNE 24, 2020, BY JORDAN WILKIE, Carolina Public Press Jenefer McArthur wears a mask and talks with election officials through a clear partition as she signs in to cast her vote Tuesday at the Enka/Candler library in Buncombe County. Colby Rabon / Carolina Public Press Madison Cawthorn earned 66% of the votes over Lynda Bennett’s 34% to win […]

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Program supports WNC farmers and offers food relief during pandemic

JUNE 23, 2020, BY MELISSA REARDON, Carolina Public Press Nicole Coston, center, of Bearwallow Valley Farms drops off food at Hendersonville Spanish Church in Henderson County on Monday, through a program of the Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project. Colby Rabon / Carolina Public Press Program supports WNC farmers and offers food relief during pandemic In early […]

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How do cops use force in NC? Most agencies won’t say

JUNE 16, 2020, BY NC WATCHDOG REPORTING NETWORK When law enforcement officers use tear gas or related measures against protesters, it generally triggers reports on the use of force, but many agencies aren’t sharing those records with the public. Here, New Hanover County sheriff’s deputies deployed tear gas to disperse a Wilmington crowd on May 31. […]

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State leaders released health guidelines Monday for K-12 schools in anticipation of sending children back to in-person instruction.

Gov. Roy Cooper and others unveiled a list of requirements and recommendations once schools are allowed to reopen under one of three plans. The degree to which they reopen depends on the state’s data behind the COVID-19 pandemic, including new infections, contact tracing capabilities, hospitalizations and other metrics. Cooper said the health guidance, which all K-12 schools […]

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Professor who studies coronaviruses doesn’t see ‘sustained leveling’ in NC

JUNE 1, 2020, BY KATE MARTIN, Carolina Public Press A man walks through downtown Goldsboro on May 15, wearing a mask to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Despite lowered pandemic restrictions in recent weeks, the data doesn’t support claims of “sustained leveling” in North Carolina, according to a professor who studies coronaviruses. Melissa Sue Gerrits / […]