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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 Western North Carolina, serves eight WNC counties and 64,342 Medicaid enrollees, according to July 2013 figures.

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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 slig ...

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Special Report, Part 2: The poverty problem in the rural mountains of WNC

May 22, 2014, Comments Off

In the second part of an award-winning series looking at poverty in rural Western North Carolina, Carolina Public Press contributor Steph Guinan analy ...

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Number of primary care physicians practicing in rural WNC continues decline

April 24, 2014, 1 Comment

Finding affordable care within close proximity has long been a challenge for rural residents. And across the country, the number of health care provid ...

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    Inside WNC: Madison County
    April 15, 2014, Comments Off

    Your guide, including direct links and sources, to Madison County’s elected officials, key agencies and departments, plus information on Marshall's officials and the county’s wages, housing, education and more.

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    Lack of funds continues to limit NC abortion clinic inspections
    April 9, 2014, Comments Off

    In its latest update for legislators, the NC Department of Health and Human Services stresses shortages preventing it from hiring new personnel to perform more frequent inspections. Meanwhile, the timeline for enacting new abortion regulati ...

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    Inside WNC: Henderson County
    April 9, 2014, Comments Off

    This is your guide, including direct links, to Hendersonville and Henderson County's elected officials, key agencies and departments, plus information on the county’s wages, housing, education and more.

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    A 20-year first: EPA proposing changes to pesticide use
    April 8, 2014, Comments Off

    While pesticides can help farmers raise lusher Christmas trees and juicier tomatoes, they can also be a threat to thousands of farmworkers in Western North Carolina who plant and harvest crops on farmland throughout the mountains. Those ris ...