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Lobbyists call for Medicaid expansion
Thursday, March 26, 2015
RALEIGH – Lobbyists, supporters and advocates gathered at the legislative building Tuesday to call for the expansion of Medicaid. The expansion, they said, would provide coverage for over 500,000 working North Carolinians who cannot afford health insurance. Rep. Gale Adcock (D-41) said Medicaid expansion would create 43,000 jobs in North Carolina by
Late kindergarteners more likely to commit crimes
Thursday, March 26, 2015
DURHAM – Starting later in kindergarten may not hurt in the short term, but does have consequences later on, says a Duke University research study. Older children perform well both academically and socially as late bloomers, but that changes once they reach their teen years. That’s when they are more likely to drop out of high school and commit
Community has say on DPS start times
Thursday, March 26, 2015
DURHAM – Durham Public Schools hosted a community input session on school bell schedules for the 2016-17 school year as part of an effort to gage data from the public. This will help DPS develop options for the school board to review this summer. Last fall the board of education passed a resolution that requires middle and high schools to start no
Retired NCCU alum to open K-2 school
Thursday, March 26, 2015
DURHAM – Deborah Watkins wants to give kids the Gift of Knowledge. Gift of Knowledge Academy is a tuition-free, nonprofit K-2 school that Watkins hopes to open this fall. Watkins anticipates having 30 students the first year, with two classes of kindergarten and one first-grade class (each with 10 students per class as they promise a 10:1
NC mothers could face jail time for drug addiction
Wednesday, March 25, 2015
RALEIGH – North Carolina women who bear a child born addicted to or harmed by drugs could face criminal prosecution if a bill proposed in the General Assembly is signed into law. Lynn Shoemaker, advocacy and issues director for Women AdvaNCe, a nonpartisan institute that advocates for women, said she is concerned that the bill, S297, would have a
Legislators propose ‘food desert’ bill
Thursday, March 19, 2015
RALEIGH – North Carolina has over 349 food deserts across 80 counties, impacting 1.5 million residents. Those living in these communities suffer from disproportionately high rates of obesity, diabetes and other diet-related diseases. Access to produce, low-fat dairy products and lean protein is limited in food deserts that may have access to corner
HPV vaccine needed for boys as well
Thursday, March 19, 2015
DURHAM – Boys should be included in HPV vaccinations along with girls. That’s the proposal a new Duke University study recommends to protect more people from sexually transmitted diseases on a limited budget. Public health programs that devote a portion of their funding to encourage more boys to be vaccinated against HPV – rather than
WCPSS salutes trailblazers
Thursday, March 19, 2015
RALEIGH – “When we talk about trailblazers, we talk about someone who has gone where no one has gone before.” Those words spoken by Rep. Yvonne Holley (D-38) were none truer than for William C. Campbell, the first African-American student to attend an all-white school in the city of Raleigh. Born and raised here, Campbell went on to
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