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Archive for August, 2012

CDC to baby boomers: Get tested for hepatitis C

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

MIKE STOBBE
AP Medical Writer

ATLANTA (AP) — The government is recommending all baby boomers get tested for hepatitis C.

Anyone born from 1945 to 1965 should get a one-time blood test to see if they have the liver-destroying virus.

It can take decades to cause liver damage, and many people don’t know they’re harboring the blood-borne virus. Baby boomers account for about two-thirds of the 3.2 million Americans thought to be infected.

Previously, testing was recommended only for people considered at highest risk. It’s most commonly spread today by sharing needles to inject illegal drugs.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention proposed the new guidelines earlier this year and made them final on Thursday. CDC officials took the step after seeing a near doubling of hepatitis C deaths since the late 1990s.

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CDC: http://www.cdc.gov/hepatitis/C/index.htm

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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NC Rep. Larry Brown dies at age 69 in Pinehurst

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

PINEHURST, NC (AP) — A colleague of North Carolina state Rep. Larry Brown says the Forsyth County Republican has died at age 69.

Funeral home operator Rep. Jamie Boles said Brown died about 2 a.m. at First Health Moore Regional Center in Pinehurst. Boles is handling the arrangements. He didn’t have a cause of death but said it was from natural causes.

Brown was a retired postmaster and former Kernersville mayor who began serving in the House in 2005. He was named chairman of the House Government Committee last year and lost a three-way GOP primary in May.

Boles said Brown had a vacation home in the Pinehurst area. Boles called Brown a compassionate legislator who had the interests of his constituents and local governments at heart.

Funeral arrangements hadn’t been made early Thursday.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Head of NC sterilization foundation takes new job

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

MARTHA WAGGONER
Associated Press

RALEIGH, NC (AP) — The woman who has led the North Carolina foundation that developed a plan to compensate victims of forced sterilization is stepping down.

Charmaine Fuller Cooper’s last day as executive director of the North Carolina Justice for Victims of Forced Sterilization was Thursday. A spokeswoman says Fuller Cooper has accepted a job with the American Heart Association in Research Triangle Park.

A bill to compensate victims of forced sterilization with $50,000 each failed when the Senate didn’t consider it. The foundation stopped taking new requests when it appeared operating funds would end, but the Legislature passed a bill directing the foundation to keep going with $128,000 from the Department of Administration.

Between 1929 and 1974, North Carolina forcibly sterilized about 7,600 people. The foundation has confirmed more than 160 victims.

(Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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Traffic alert – It’s move-in weekend at UNCW

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Drivers beware on South College Road near Racine Drive, Hurst Drive and Randall Parkway on Saturday.

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FIRST ON 3: Bladen man charged with murder after shooting victim dies

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

BLADEN COUNTY, NC (WWAY) — A Bladen County man is now charged with murder after a man he allegedly shot earlier this week died.

The Bladen County Sheriff’s Office says Charles Bernard Stephens, 51, of Whiteville, died Wednesday afternoon as a result of a gunshot wound to the head Monday night.

Deputies arrested Jesse Earl Simpson, 49, of Clarkton for the shooting. He was charged with assault with a deadly weapon with the intent to kill and inflicting serious injury. Investigators upgraded his charges to murder after Stephens’s death.

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