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This 2018 photo  shows the signage of the Fayetteville Works plant where the Delaware-based Chemours Company manufactures C3 dimer acid, also known as GenX. The chemical has entered the Cape Fear River, a source of drinking water for much of the southeastern part of North Carolina for an unknown time period. (Photo via AP Photo/Gerry Broome)
Polluters of ‘Forever Chemicals’ No Longer Getting a Pass, EPA Head Pledges

Polluters of “Forever Chemicals” No Longer Getting a Pass, EPA Head Pledges

Pediatricians saw a drop in childhood vaccinations in 2020. Photo illustration via Getty Images.
How COVID Fears Are Disrupting NC Children’s Routine Vaccinations

North Carolina saw immunizations for children plunge in 2020. It got better in 2021, but many NC babies and toddlers went without potentially life-saving vaccines.  

Educators protest budget shortfalls under Republican leadership outside the NC General Assembly in May 2018. The budget has become a very secretive process in the state. (Photo by Sara D. Davis/Getty Images)
The State’s Budget Belongs to the People of North Carolina. So Why Is It Settled in Back Rooms?

NC's budget plan has a huge impact on your education and healthcare. Too bad it's such a big secret.

Despite having asthma, Micah McClain was among the estimated 11% of Mecklenburg County residents that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention considers vaccine hesitant. Since contracting the virus and developing blood clots in his lungs, he wishes he would have followed experts' advice. 'If getting vaccinated would have prevented me from going to the hospital and dealing with what I had to deal with, I would have gotten vaccinated.'
I Said They’d Have to Vaccinate Me at Gunpoint. Then I Contracted Delta.

An estimated 11% of Mecklenburg County adults are vaccine hesitant. Micah McClain was among them until contracting COVID. He has a message for others.

(Image via AP Photo/John Locher)
Union County’s School Board Is Unfit for Office

By abandoning quarantine and contact tracing, Union County school leaders have put their children and staff in an impossible situation.

Daycare employee Remontia Greene tends to three infants in a preschool in Clayton, NC, in 2009.  Local leaders in North Carolina are touting the potential for two major infrastructure bills in DC to impact childcare as well as community colleges and broadband internet. (Photo by Ted Richardson/Raleigh News & Observer/Tribune News Service via Getty Images)
Guaranteed Preschool and Free Community College: How Democrats’ Infrastructure Plan Could Impact North Carolina Families

Infrastructure isn't just roads and bridges. Local leaders in North Carolina talk about how federal proposals could impact child care, internet service, and more.

At work in DC in December 2001, Eva Clayton was a trailblazing former congresswoman from North Carolina. She was also a longtime local leader in Warren County, NC. (Getty Images)
Trailblazing US Rep. Eva Clayton: The Virus is Winning the Race in Rural North Carolina

The low vaccination numbers and lack of health care access make for a deadly combo in rural places.