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NC doesn’t pay dentists enough to treat Medicaid beneficiaries, new report says

The report by the Oral Health Transformation Task Force, under the NC Institute of Medicine, emphasizes the integration of oral health with general health, particularly for Medicaid beneficiaries and low-income individuals. State Medicaid director Jay Ludlam highlights the critical importance of dental health and its broad impacts, including better job prospects and overall physical health.

Duke Energy feeling the heat as public hearings continue this week on carbon plan

Duke Energy’s proposed carbon plan in North Carolina, as discussed in Lisa Sorg’s report for NC Newsline on April 23, 2024, faces scrutiny for potentially delaying necessary greenhouse gas reductions and imposing higher energy costs on low-income families. Amid record high atmospheric CO2 levels, the plan hinges on natural gas expansion and postpones coal plant retirements, with public hearings and written comments currently being solicited before the plan can proceed.

North Carolina’s Battle Against the Opioid Crisis

Attorney General Josh Stein has been instrumental in North Carolina’s response to the opioid crisis, obtaining over $1.4 billion in settlements from pharmaceutical companies and advocating for substantial legislative and technological measures to curb drug trafficking. His efforts have facilitated the establishment of a Fentanyl Control Unit and the implementation of border security technologies, underscoring a committed approach to tackling both the symptoms and root causes of opioid abuse in the state.

Meet the volunteers trying to ‘FLIP’ North Carolina’s courts

In North Carolina, the grassroots organization FLIP NC, founded by Democrats Andrea Cash, Amy Cox, and Briana Brough after the 2016 election, has shifted its strategy towards judicial elections, focusing on the 2024 state Supreme Court and Court of Appeals races to combat gerrymandering. Despite challenges in achieving fair maps, FLIP NC is hopeful, engaging in “deep canvassing” that emphasizes meaningful voter interaction over scripted dialogues, underlining the crucial impact judicial decisions have on issues like education and reproductive rights.