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5:48 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

NC Proposes New Rules For Abortion Providers

Credit NC General Assembly

The North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services proposed new rules for abortion clinics Monday. Abortion rights advocates are still studying the rules, but they're offering cautious praise for how they were developed.

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1:33 pm
Mon December 1, 2014

Changes To State Laws Take Effect Dec. 1

Credit State of North Carolina

Carnivorous plants, tiny metal spheres and cell phones. These are the focus of some of the new laws that go into effect December 1 in North Carolina.  

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9:35 am
Mon December 1, 2014

Through Storytelling, 'Voices Project' Empowers People Impacted By HIV

Credit http://www.carolinarain.org/voicesproject

A diagnosis of HIV can lead to a deep sense of isolation - so deep that the fear of talking about it can impact not only quality of life, but treatment, too. The Mecklenburg County Health Department and local advocates are addressing this problem through something called The Voices Project. It's a way for people affected by HIV to share their experience with the community, and it'll take the stage Monday night at the Knight Theater.

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11:45 am
Sun November 30, 2014

One Giant Grizzly At Lenoir-Rhyne

Credit Kevin Granados / WFAE

At Lenoir-Rhyne University in Hickory, the time had come for a huge red oak. The roughly 200-year-old tree was dying.  The school had to take it down. But now, the tree has a new life – as a bear.


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9:31 am
Sun November 30, 2014

Holiday Ends With Busy Travel Days

The Thanksgiving holiday week is coming to a close, with North Carolinians on  the roads and in the air returning home Sunday and Monday. Officials at Charlotte Douglas Airport say they expect peak crowds the next two days, with more than 26,000 travelers departing daily for return trips home, as well as many arrivals.  That’s approaching the airport's daily traffic record, on the day after the Democratic National Convention in September 2012, when 29,000 people departed from Charlotte.  

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1:45 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

Need For Food In Mecklenburg County Hits Pre-Recession Levels

In Mecklenburg County, the number of families who need help putting food on the table has decreased dramatically this year. That's according to Loaves and Fishes, which operates 20 food pantries in Mecklenburg County.

At the Loaves and Fishes food pantry near Statesville Avenue this week, families filled up carts with grains, beans, canned fruits and vegetables, and - with the loudest clang - a large turkey. 

Executive Director Beverly Howard says the pantries are on pace to hit a major milestone. And this year, for a change, it's a good thing.

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12:28 pm
Thu November 27, 2014

The 3-Win Panthers Have An Unusual Shot At The Playoffs

Credit Michael Tomsic

The Carolina Panthers are preparing to head to the frozen north this weekend to face the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday. The Panthers haven’t won a game since early October, but find themselves in an unusual position for their record: They still control their own playoff destiny.


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6:28 am
Thu November 27, 2014

'Fared Sumptuously On The Way' - A Thanksgiving Meal That Made News

Is your Thanksgiving dinner worth a story in the newspaper?
Credit WFAE archieves

Today, as you roast your turkey, grill your vegetables or consider where you’ll order takeout consider this: way back in the day a great Thanksgiving meal could make the newspaper. And we’re not talking about reviews. Here's the story of just such a feast.

This particular Thanksgiving meal was spotted by Nicholas Graham, a librarian at UNC Chapel Hill. "Well, we do a lot of work digitizing old newspapers," Graham explains. 

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6:21 am
Thu November 27, 2014

The History (And Crazy Fight) Over When To Celebrate Thanksgiving In NC

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Today is Thanksgiving Day, legally defined as the fourth Thursday in November. But here in North Carolina it wasn’t always thus. We might even want to give thanks a specific day was eventually set.

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5:54 pm
Wed November 26, 2014

Caldwell, Burke No Longer Among Most Distressed NC Counties

The NC Department of Commerce's new tier designations for 2015. Blue is Tier one. Green is Tier 2. Yellow is Tier 3.
Credit NC Department of Commerce

For many years Caldwell and Burke counties have been on the state’s list of most economically distressed counties, but not anymore. 

The state deemed Caldwell County one of its worst off counties in 2005. The county was losing hundreds of textile and furniture jobs and things got worse. 

“February 2010 was our lowest point when our headlines read 17.6 percent unemployment,” says Deborah Murray, the director of the Caldwell County Economic Development Commission. 

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