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Michael Tomsic

As the Latino immigrant population booms in Charlotte and many other American cities, researchers are recognizing an unmet need. Latinos often have poor access to health care in general and mental health treatment in particular. UNC Charlotte is among several universities trying to change that.

A Charlotte company with ties to UNC-Charlotte is marketing a new medical test designed to help screen women for breast cancer.   WFAE's Mark Rumsey reports.

  

Researchers at UNC-Charlotte believe they've developed a method to detect breast cancer that's more effective than mammograms.  It's a blood screening that perhaps most notably detects cancer in women who have dense breast tissue.  Traditional mammograms often miss those tumors. 

In Charlotte on Friday, CEOs from some of North Carolina's biggest players in health care gave their take on why costs are rising and what's being done about it. They spoke at the Charlotte Chamber's health care summit.

Rob McKenzie

As the peak summer travel season approaches, Charlotte Aviation Director Brent Cagle is worried about long security lines. He says spring break was a horrible experience for many passengers.

"We had customers who reported waiting in line for up to 3 hours,” Cagle says.  “We also had security check point lines that snaked literally from the second floor ticketing level down into baggage they were so long."

Ben Bradford


Catawba Riverkeeper Foundation

Neighbors of Duke Energy's coal ash ponds in Gaston and Rowan counties say they like Duke's proposal this week to provide safe, permanent water supplies. But they also worry it could mean they’ll have to continue to live with coal ash.

Two environmental groups have asked the state Court of Appeals to remove a major financial hurdle in their fight to halt Duke Energy's plans for a new gas-fired power plant in Asheville.

Mecklenburg County Health Department

Mecklenburg County’s health director says one way to possibly curb childhood obesity is to prohibit fast food restaurants from opening near schools.  Dr. Marcus Plescia has received a lot of attention for the idea, which he mentioned last week during a presentation to county commissioners. But he says it was one small part of an overall plan. 


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Brunswick County commissioners passed legislation this week, banning the use of electronic cigarettes in county-owned buildings. 

Amanda Hutcheson, Brunswick County’s spokesperson, says the county has prohibited smoking in county buildings since 1993.

“It’s been our practice to include electronic cigarettes as part of that ordinance and Monday night’s policy was updated to reflect that,” Hutcheson said.

Mark Hames / Charlotte Observer

CMS had been coming up with guidance to give schools on how to handle transgender students. That work started before House Bill 2 surfaced requiring students to use the bathroom of the gender on their birth certificate, before the U.S. Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals ruled otherwise, and the federal government issued its own guidelines. CMS is now holding off on its work, at least for now. 

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