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For the first time in five years, North Carolina will not end a fiscal year with hundreds of millions of dollars in Medicaid cost overruns. That's according to the General Assembly's fiscal research division. The improvement comes after the state hired a consulting firm to help with budgeting.

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A Charlotte resident who survived Ebola prayed, cried and laughed with her husband Wednesday as they shared stories of what they've gone through the last six weeks. It was the first time Nancy Writebol spoke publicly about her battle with the virus that's killed more than 1,500 people in West Africa.

Tasnim Shamma

President Barack Obama was in Charlotte today to introduce the new Secretary of Veterans Affairs Robert McDonald and to announce that he will sign 19 new executive actions to help veterans. He spoke to a packed hall of veterans with the American Legion at the Charlotte Convention Center during their national conference.

Residents Express Approval For County Smoking Ban

Aug 12, 2014
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About two dozen residents gathered at the Mecklenburg County Government Center on Monday night for a public forum on two regulations the county is considering. The first is a ban on smoking near government buildings. The second ordinance is a ban on all tobacco products – including e-cigarettes – on county parks and greenways.

For the most part, audience members were supportive. Dr. Sandra Burke is on the board of directors of the Charlotte chapter of the American Heart Association.

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Several American missionaries serving in Liberia during the Ebola outbreak are now in Charlotte. They're healthy, but they'll remain in quarantine as a precaution.

A chartered flight from Liberia touched down at Charlotte-Douglas airport late Sunday night. Three missionaries were on board who are part of SIM, a Christian organization based here in Charlotte.

Hyperspecialization In Youth Sports

Aug 7, 2014
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Youth sports are definitely not the same as a generation or two ago. Gone are the days when kids could play whatever sport was in season, and could go from town sports all the way through high school, and sometimes college, without the benefit of private instructors, tournament teams and scouts. Today, kids are pushed to choose one sport at an early age and play that sport all year round if they have hope to play in high school (or even middle school). But that competitive strategy may physically damage kids, and may be more detrimental to kids' athletic prowess than helpful. Our panel talks about the pressure to specialize and why that may not be best for children. 

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North Carolina's Senate, House and governor are getting closer to an agreement on overhauling the state's Medicaid program. Senate leaders announced a new plan Wednesday that's similar to what House leaders and Governor McCrory want. But there are still two key differences to work out.

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Experts in the medical field are hopeful that we are getting ever closer to the day when treatment for whatever ails you will be personalized.  Personalized medicine is a relatively new field of research, some of which is taking place in Charlotte.  If perfected, it would replace the one-size-fits-all approach and, based on a simple blood or urine test, provide treatment targeted just to you.  We talk about this pioneering approach with those on the cutting edge of research.

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A new North Carolina law could allow two water contamination lawsuits to go forward, after they were stymied by a U.S. Supreme Court decision earlier this month.

North Carolina is poised to overhaul how it pays for doctor's visits and other physical health services under Medicaid. Governor Pat McCrory, state House and Senate leaders agree on that front, although they still need to work out differences in their broader plans for Medicaid.