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October 1, 2014, No comments

The Public Health Division of the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services announced Tuesday that North Carolina’s Infant Mortality Rate for 2013 was 7.0 per 1,000 live births. The Infant Mortality Rate ties 2010 as the lowest in North Carolina’s history.

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Youth tobacco survey shows less smoking, more e-cig use among NC teens

September 22, 2014, No comments

The 2013 N.C. Youth Tobacco Survey delivers both good and bad news to those working to prevent tobacco use among North Carolina students.

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NC’s political watchdogs: The State Ethics Commission’s strengths and weaknesses

September 17, 2014, 1 Comment

The little-known state office is tasked with maintaining good government in North Carolina. A CPP investigation of the commission's first seven years ...

June 2014 unemployment rates. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce

June unemployment falls in all but 3 WNC counties

August 20, 2014, Comments Off

New countywide unemployment data show that, by in large, joblessness fell across the 18 westernmost counties of the state between May and June -- argu ...

  • May 2014 unemployment rates in Western North Carolina. Map courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    WNC unemployment inches up in May
    July 3, 2014, Comments Off

    A snapshot of May's unemployment shows joblessness increased across much -- but not all -- of Western North Carolina when compared to the previous month. Still, the region shows unemployment highs and lows, with its largest metro area posti ...

  • A quick look at unemployment rates in April across the North Carolina mountains. Map section courtesy of the N.C. Department of Commerce
    18 WNC counties post decreases in unemployment
    May 30, 2014, Comments Off

    Still, with the statewide unemployment rate for the month at 6 percent, most of the region had higher-than-average unemployment, according to new data released by state employment officials this week.

  • Alicia Funderburk/Carolina Public Press
    Racial disparities persist in WNC infant deaths
    May 29, 2014, Comments Off

    In NC, African-American babies are dying before their first birthday at about two-and-a-half times the rate of white babies. The numbers are only slightly better in Buncombe County, with African-American infants twice as likely to die befor ...