Alex Olgin

Health Reporter
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Video visits with inmates and participation in a federal immigration enforcement program were two of the flashpoint issues at the Mecklenburg County sheriff's forum Thursday night at Little Rock AME Zion Church.

The number of people going to the emergency room for opioid overdoses in North Carolina increased 40 percent in 2017.

Atrium Health

The fallout of Atrium's decision to end its nearly 40-year relationship with Southeast Anesthesiology Consultants and its parent company Mednax has spurred charges that the new company intends to reduce the number of doctors it utilizes — a claim that the new company taking over and Atrium denies. 

UNC President Margaret Spellings joined Charlotte Talks Monday, March 19, 2018.
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Margaret Spellings, the former secretary of education and current president of the UNC system, says after two years on the job there is still more work to be done to lower the cost of a UNC education and she needs the legislature's help to keep the momentum going.  

 The 2018 North Carolina health outcomes map.
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Mecklenburg County was ranked the fifth healthiest county in the state. That’s according to a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation report. The annual study looks at how long people live and how healthy their lifestyles are. But there are some less-than-pleasant details.

Atrium Health

Atrium Health, formerly Carolinas HealthCare System, said it ended its contract with the anesthesiology group that’s been providing care at its hospitals and clinics for nearly four decades. At the heart of this, is a dispute over how many patients anesthesiologists should be caring for simultaneously.  

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Steel producers employ about 6,000 people in the Carolinas. There are also many more companies that make products with steel.  President Trump said Thursday afternoon that he would be putting a 25 percent tax on foreign steel and a 10 percent on aluminum. 

In an earnings call on Thursday, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina said 2017 is the first year it has made money from health insurance plans bought through the federal exchange. The company reported a 7.8 percent increase in its net income ratio for 2017, compared with a 2.2 percent increase over the last five years. 

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CMPD is investigating threats to two CMS schools that police believe were made by students. A 14-year-old female student at Southwest Middle School in Steele Creek was arrested in connection with a threat found on the social media site Snapchat. This comes two weeks after a 19-year-old shot and killed 17 students and teachers at a Florida high school. Assistant Chief Vicki Foster said that’s part of the reason officers are hyper-aware.

With help from his nanny, Poulleth Jimenez, 2-year-old Jack Helton runs a donut shop out of his plastic green and beige playhouse.
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DREAMers, children brought to the United States by their parents and living in the country illegally, are still uncertain about the future of the program that allows them to work and drive, and protects them from deportation.

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