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Five highlights on NC child health in new report

July 22nd, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — According to a new report, children in North Carolina are healthier and better at math and reading than they were nearly a decade ago.

The Kids Count report is created by the Annie E. Casey foundation, a philanthropy and research organization based in Baltimore.

But the report says the state has more children in poverty than it did in 2005. More than a quarter of the state’s children are impoverished, though the national average of impoverished children also increased, from 19 percent to 23 percent.

North Carolina ranked 34th in the nation for overall child well-being, and 38th for economic well-being.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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FIRST ON 3: Recently married, “cancer victim” charged with having sex with 14-year-old

July 22nd, 2014

BURGAW, NC (WWAY) — The Pender County Sheriff's Office arrested of Ralph Thomas Smith, 42 of Willard, NC on Monday.

Smith was charged after an alleged incident was reported to social services and the sheriffs office in which Smith had sexual relations with a fourteen-year-old female.

You may remember a story we did back in January when Smith though he was going to die of terminal cancer in a few weeks and got married.

Smith was charged with three counts of satutory rape, three counts of statutory sex offense and three counts of indecent liberties with a child. His bond was set at $920,800.00 secured.

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Fire fighters pick up tips from Nascar

July 22nd, 2014

If you're going to have a heart attack or cardiac arrest, you might want to have it in the City of Wilmington. The Wilmington Fire Department, in conjunction with New Hanover Regional EMS, has adopted a rotation-style of CPR that's saving more lives in our area.

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Leland Town Council takes trip to tour water treatment facility

July 22nd, 2014

H2GO Brunswick Regional Water and Sewer hopes the trip will ease concerns about a proposed water treatment facility

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McCrory signs bill sponsored by late lawmaker

July 22nd, 2014

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — Legislation to protect health care workers sponsored by a North Carolina lawmaker who died last weekend has been signed into law.

Gov. Pat McCrory signed the bill sponsored by the late Rep. Jim Fulghum on Tuesday.

The measure requires the state to develop regulations to protect people who work with or near hazardous materials from disease and injury caused by exposure.

Fulghum was a retired brain surgeon from Raleigh and a first-term lawmaker. He died at age 70 after a recent cancer diagnosis. His memorial service is scheduled for Wednesday.

McCrory said the bill furthers Fulghum’s legacy of caring for the safety of others and that the legislation will provide needed protections for health care workers.

The governor’s office plans to deliver a pen used to sign the legislation to Rep. Fulghum’s widow, Mary Susan Fulghum.

(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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