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Lawmaker unwittingly sums up the insanity of NC marijuana/hemp laws in a single quote

Lawmaker unwittingly sums up the insanity of NC marijuana/hemp laws in a single quote

 By Rob Schofield, NC Policy Watch In case you missed it this morning, be sure to check out the WRAL news story about yesterday’s state House committee action on the issue of smokable hemp. As you’ve probably heard, the issue of hemp cultivation and sale has sparked controversy because the plant is essentially indistinguishable from marijuana, which unlike […]

Family chaos detrimental to childdren with asthma

Family chaos detrimental to childdren with asthma

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The chaos of family life could be detrimental to health outcomes for children with severe asthma, new research shows. Researchers at the University of Illinois at Chicago looked at the connection between parent and child depression, family functioning and child asthma management among urban minority children with uncontrolled asthma. Lead author Sally Weinstein […]

Eyedrops Sold at Walmart, Walgreens Recalled

Eyedrops Sold at Walmart, Walgreens Recalled

By Shari Celestine July 8, 2019 — Altaire Pharmaceuticals has recalled a wide variety of over-the-counter eyedrop solutions, ointments, and other products sold at Walmart and Walgreens. Altaire says the products, which are designed to be sterile, may not be, raising the risk of infections and even death, the FDA says. The Walmart products carry […]

United Way of Rutherford County in Forest City Awarded $200,000

United Way of Rutherford County in Forest City Awarded $200,000

RALEIGH — The award was announced this week by the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services. TheNCDHHS money awarded the $1.2 million in grant money to six rural North Carolina communities. Also awarded $200,000 each were Ashe Memorial Hospital in Jefferson, Coastal Horizons Center in Wilmington, North Carolina Quality Healthcare Alliance in Chapel Hill, […]

Use extreme caution with fireworks during dry conditions

Use extreme caution with fireworks during dry conditions

Fireworks caused 35 wildfires in 2018 RALEIGH – Elevated wildfire risks due to abnormally dry conditions in Eastern North Carolina are prompting N.C. Forest Service officials to urge extreme caution with fireworks and to celebrate safely this Independence Day. Forecast chances for rain are slight at best and are unlikely in the southeastern counties for the […]

Looking to the Future, Public Sees an America in Decline on Many Fronts

Looking to the Future, Public Sees an America in Decline on Many Fronts

Majorities predict a weaker economy, a growing income divide, a degraded environment and a broken political system BY KIM PARKER, RICH MORIN AND JULIANA MENASCE HOROWITZ, Pew Charitable Trust When Americans peer 30 years into the future, they see a country in decline economically, politically and on the world stage. While a narrow majority of the public (56%) say […]

Lawmakers bring forth another bad budget for kids

Lawmakers bring forth another bad budget for kids

By Rob Thompson Progressive Voices House and Senate leaders released their compromise budget proposal Tuesday. With a few exceptions, the proposal fails to include important funding and policy changes, including Medicaid expansion, that are sorely needed to help children and families thrive in North Carolina. Here’s a quick rundown of what we’re most concerned about: […]

Cliffside Fire & Rescue achieves higher rating

Cliffside Fire & Rescue achieves higher rating

Approximately 3 months ago the North Carolina Department of Insurance – Office of State Fire Marshal ratings and inspections division sent an inspector to Cliffside Fire & Rescue fire station at their request to begin an ISO rating inspection. The official results from the state of North Carolina were a new rating of 5/9E that […]

Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of NC laws protecting hog industry from nuisance actions

Lawsuit challenges constitutionality of NC laws protecting hog industry from nuisance actions

By Lisa Sorg, NC Policy Watch RALEIGH —State lawmakers allegedly violated the North Carolina constitution when they passed legislation that stripped residents of their right to sue industrialized hog operations for nuisance, according to a legal complaint filed this week.   The complaint, filed in state court, claims the NC Farm Acts of 2017 and […]

2019 Status of Women in North Carolina Health & Wellness Report released

2019 Status of Women in North Carolina Health & Wellness Report released

Raleigh — The NC Department of Administration’s Council for Women and Youth Involvement. announced the completion of the 2019 Status of Women in North Carolina: Health and Wellness Report.The report was unveiled at the Mountain Area Health Education Center (MAHEC) in Asheville and is the second in a series of four highlighting key issues affecting […]

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