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5:31 am
Fri May 15, 2015

Medicaid Gap Steers More Patients To Community Health Centers

From left: Nancy Hudson and other staff at Charlotte Community Health Clinic.
Credit Michael Tomsic

In Charlotte and across the country, there’s a growing need at community health centers. They treat patients regardless of their ability to pay. And the increased need is a surprising result to some clinic leaders, who thought the Affordable Care Act would mean fewer people needing charity care.

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4:17 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

NC Nursing Homes Rate Poorly

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North Carolina has some of the worst rated nursing homes in the country. A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation released Thursday shows the federal government gave more than 40 percent of the state's nursing homes one or two star ratings.

Nine nursing homes in the Charlotte area received the lowest possible rating, one star:

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3:35 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Latest Housing Built In Brightwalk Are 'Love Motels' For Insects

The St. Francis Satyr, an endangered butterfly in North Carolina, was the inspiration for this insect motel in Charlotte.
Credit Greg Lilly / Courtesy of The McColl Center

We hear a lot about the need for mixed-use neighborhoods in Charlotte. Well, we have a story about a new neighborhood that includes motels.They’re called Love Motels. And they’re full of bugs. It’s an example of public art intended to encourage urban ecology. 

Electrician Greg Lilly is usually working on houses when he visits a new neighborhood. Not butterflies. 

That’s right. Butterflies. Specifically, two car-sized white butterfly sculptures on your way into the new Brightwalk neighborhood, just north of Uptown.

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1:14 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

Duke Pleads Guilty To Coal Ash Misconduct

Most of the water, and at least 30,000 tons of ash spilled out of this storage pond at Duke Energy's Dan River plant, leaving deep furrows in the remaining ash.
Credit Ben Bradford / WFAE

Duke Energy has pleaded guilty to federal criminal charges for its handling of coal ash, which led to last year’s Dan River spill and violated the Clean Water Act around the state.


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12:18 pm
Thu May 14, 2015

City, Ferrell Family Reach $2.25 Million Settlement In Police Shooting

Mayor Dan Clodfelter speaks at Thursday's news conference.
Credit Todd Sumlin / Charlotte Observer

A settlement was reached Thursday between the city of Charlotte and the family of Jonathan Ferrell. In September of 2013, Ferrell, a 24-year-old unarmed black man, was shot 10 times by Charlotte police officer Randall Kerrick. Ferrell died of his injuries.

Kerrick, is scheduled to go to trial this summer on a voluntary manslaughter charge. His attorneys maintain the shooting was justified.

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7:49 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

No Consensus From City Council On Raising Property Tax

After another meeting to discuss the budget proposed by Charlotte city manager Ron Carlee, no clear consensus exists among the city council about a core component of the proposal: to raise property taxes while lowering overall costs for most residents.


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7:00 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

NC Lawmakers Push Partisan School Board Elections

Most of North Carolina’s local school boards are elected without any party labels attached to candidate’s names. But state lawmakers are now considering bills that would make elections for five school boards partisan. It’s something of a trend.


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3:42 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

NC Has Lowest Auto Rates; Highest Moving Violation Premium Penalties

 North Carolina has the cheapest auto insurance rates in the country, according to a new national study conducted by insuranceQuotes.com. Laura Adams the senior analyst for the study says the state has a highly competitive market in which insurers vie for customers by trying to keep their rates below the cap set by North Carolina’s insurance commission.

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2:56 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Audit Finds Excessive Wages, Nepotism Within NC Health Office

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A state audit released Wednesday found excessive wages and nepotism within the office that administers NCTracks and other computer systems for the North Carolina Medicaid program.

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2:53 pm
Wed May 13, 2015

Former North Carolina Basketball Coach Bill Guthridge Dies At 77

Coach Guthridge cutting the net.
Credit Courtesy of Carolina Athletics

Former North Carolina men’s basketball coach Bill Guthridge died on Tuesday at age 77. 

Bill Guthridge led North Carolina to two Final Four appearances in his three years as head coach for the Tar Heels in the late 1990s. He won more games than any college head coach after two seasons and was named the 1997-1998 National Coach of the Year. He retired after the 2000 season.

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