Alex Olgin

Health Reporter
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Voters around the state told lawmakers what they think of newly-drawn legislative districts Tuesday.  The maps released late last week were drawn to comply with a Supreme Court order that found 28 state legislative districts were illegal racial gerrymanders.  

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The small town of Winnsboro, South Carolina hosted a lot of people eager to witness a total solar eclipse Monday. They came to the town just north of Columbia from around the country. After all, it had NASA's stamp of approval for viewing the eclipse.  

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South Carolina’s attorney general filed a lawsuit against a pharmaceutical company for the way it marketed opioid medications. At least five other states have filed similar suits.

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More than 70 people of multiple races and religions gathered at the Little Rock A.M.E. Zion Church in Charlotte today to respond to the tragedy in Charlottesville over the weekend. Former North Carolina State Sen. Malcolm Graham says President Trump's comments Monday condemning  hate groups didn’t come fast enough. His sister was one of nine killed in Charleston two years ago while praying in a historically black church.  

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President Donald Trump announced his intent to declare the opioid crisis a national emergency. Once that is official it would free up government officials to dedicate more people and resources for treatment. Carolinas HealthCare System is trying to curb the amount of opioid medicines patients are introduced to while in the hospital with alternative treatments.

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Dry needling is within the practice of physical therapy. That’s what a ruling from the North Carolina Business court concluded.

The decision issued last week affirms a ruling by the state Board of Physical Therapy Examiners that dry needling is distinct from acupuncture because it isn’t based on Chinese medicine and is used to treat different ailments.

Governor Roy Cooper announces Allstate expansion in Charlotte.
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Allstate Insurance Company is bringing 2,250 jobs to Charlotte. The governor announced the expansion Wednesday at the Chamber of Commerce. The insurer said it will hire claims specialists, actuaries, underwriters, IT professionals and support personnel over the next three years as part of an expansion of the operations center in Charlotte.

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The 2017-2018 Broadway series at the Blumenthal Performing Arts Center is sold out. The reason? The Tony Award winning musical Hamilton that comes to Charlotte next fall.  

In February, workers used a giant crane to lower a containment vessel ring into place at the V.C. Summer nuclear plant in Fairfield County, S.C.

Updated at 3:47 p.m. 

Some South Carolina Lawmakers have called for a special session to deal with the abandonment of two nuclear reactors announced earlier this week. $9 billion has already been spent building the V.C. Summer plant about 30 miles north of Columbia.

Mecklenburg County

The Mecklenburg County Health Department is starting to make changes to clinics, medical records and staff. County commissioners were largely supportive Wednesday of the $4.6 million the county manager says it’ll take to fix problems discovered during outside investigations.