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News and notes, 7/14

Posted by: Editor-Bonitta Best on Friday, July 14, 2017 at 12:00:00 am

Beware the force! The Chapel Hill police force that is. The department will continue its speed enforcement and Watch For Me N.C. initiatives till the end of July. Officers can issue information, warnings or citations for violators. We’re betting on mostly citations since fines and court costs begin at $213.

And speaking of the town, the council voted to allow 10 a.m. Sunday alcohol sales at restaurants effective immediately. A vote on alcohol sales in stores, or “off premises,” has been shelved until the fall.

On equal footing. Some good news for a change for blacks and transplants. According to data from United Network for Organ Sharing, black transplant candidates are receiving kidneys from donors at the same rate as white and Hispanic candidates.

“The transplant community has striven for many years to close ethnic gaps between people who are listed for a kidney and those receiving them,” said Jerry McCauley, M.D., immediate past chair of the United Network for Organ Sharing steering committee. “African-Americans are at higher risk for developing end-stage kidney disease than other ethnicities, and thus they’re listed for kidney transplantation at a rate higher than they represent in the U.S. population.

“Minority candidates still face challenges, as they often are not referred for transplant as quickly as others and can take longer to complete their evaluations. Once they are listed, however, the new allocation system provides equal access to transplantation.”



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