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PHOTO: A portion of the new Hickory Nut Gorge Trailhead was built by the North Carolina Youth Conservation Corps. The Henderson County Chamber of Commerce says recreation opportunities like this help them bring businesses to the area. Photo courtesy of Carolina Mountain Land Conservancy

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. - For some North Carolina communities, the "trail to success" for economic development is being found through actual trails. This week, Henderson County celebrated the opening of a new trailhead in Hickory Nut Gorge. Bob Williford, president of the local Chanber of Commerce, sa...Read More

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PHOTO: UNC research found that proximity to care impacts publicly insured patient's ability to continue cancer treatment. Photo courtesy National Cancer Institute

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The quality of cancer care you receive in North Carolina could depend on where you live. That's the conclusion of two studies recently published in the North Carolina Medical Journal. Stephanie Wheeler, assistant professor in health policy and management at the Gillings School o...Read More

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PHOTO: The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote 94 years ago this week. Now the anniversary of the amendment's signing marks Women's Equality Day nationwide. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Today marks the 94th anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Events are planned in cities across the state, including Charlotte and Raleigh, to commemorate the day. Women's groups are also using the anniversary as an opportunity to ta...Read More

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PHOTO: NCAE members such as Dianne Jones are speaking out in support of more education funding, including money for teaching assistants. Photo courtesy North Carolina Association of Educators

RALEIGH, N.C. – School is well under way and public school teachers may be feeling the burden of a new year a little more this year. Many teachers in younger grades won't have the help of teaching assistants this year, as North Carolina lawmakers opted to shift $105 million away from a fundi...Read More

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PHOTO: Parents who had planned to send their children to private schools using North Carolina's Opportunity Scholarship vouchers are in limbo after Thursday's Wake County Superior Court ruling that the program is unconstitutional. Photo credit: Chris Potter

RALEIGH, N.C. - A Wake County judge on Thursday ruled against the state's new school voucher program, immediately ending the transfer of millions of public-education dollars to fund private schools. The judge found fault with the "Opportunity Scholarship Program," set to begin this school year. Chr...Read More

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PHOTO: North Carolina citizens groups rallied on Wednesday to protest the state's lifting of a moratorium on fracking. Photo courtesy of Environment N.C.

RALEIGH, N.C. - It seems the devil is in the details for fracking in North Carolina. The first public hearing on draft rules that will regulate the fracking industry in North Carolina was held Wednesday, after lawmakers lifted the state moratorium on fracking earlier this year. The state's Mining a...Read More

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PHOTO: Fire ants are a non-native species threatening more areas of North Carolina. Scientists say that's due in part to warmer temperatures. Photo courtesy National Wildlife Federation

RALEIGH, N.C. - This time of year, it's hard to step out into the yard without getting a bite from a mosquito, fire ant or tick. If you think these pests are becoming more common, it may not be your imagination, according to a new report from the National Wildlife Federation. In North Carolina, war...Read More

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PHOTO: More than half of teens surveyed for the Pew Research Internet Project said they'd observed instances of cyber-bullying. Photo courtesy

RALEIGH, N.C. - Bullying is no longer a behavior that happens mostly on the playground or the school bus. Social media is providing online channels for negative interactions between children, with more than half of teens reporting they have witnessed online bullying. Experts like Peggy Caruso, a li...Read More

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