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August 14, 2014, Comments Off

Van systems — the equivalent of urban public bus systems — operate throughout rural Western North Carolina counties, taking people to work and the grocery store — but also to needed medical services in larger cities located even states away. Carolina Public Press looks at at one of WNC’s most extensive systems and what it means for its passengers.

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Governor signs NC budget bill, but criticism of teacher pay plan continues

August 8, 2014, Comments Off

The $21 billion state budget, stuffed with dozens of special provisions, includes a $1,000 raise for most state employees, but the final number on wha ...

Rural Scholar Rivers Woodward is now in Asheville for his third and fourth year of medical school with the Asheville campus of UNC School of Medicine. According to MAHEC, there is a shortage of 140 family medicine doctors in Western North Carolina. Photo courtesy of MAHEC

Rural primary care student program receives $3M endowment

August 6, 2014, Comments Off

The Mountain Area Health Education Center announced it has received a $3 million endowment from The William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust in support ...

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NC has a final budget proposal. What does it mean for WNC?

July 31, 2014, Comments Off

With the North Carolina budget released close to midnight on Wednesday, more details are now known about the direction state lawmakers want to take sp ...

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    McHenry, Meadows, Foxx vote to sue Obama, pass VA reform
    July 31, 2014, Comments Off

    Three U.S. House members from Western North Carolina, all whom having cast dozens of votes to repeal the Affordable Care Act in recent years, approved a Republican measure Wednesday to sue President Barack Obama over the handling of one of ...

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    Medicaid management nonprofit faces closure
    June 11, 2014, Comments Off

    Community Care of North Carolina, a nonprofit with 14 networks across the state — including Western North Carolina — would lose its contract with the state under the Senate’s plan. One organization in the network, Community Care of We ...

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    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 ...