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Group takes steps to protect NC farm workers from heat stress

In North Carolina, farmworkers face extreme heat with minimal legal protections, prompting the Farm Labor Organizing Committee to strengthen existing rules to enhance safety measures for over 9,000 workers. The updated guidelines empower workers to take necessary breaks and stay hydrated, particularly when temperatures rise, reflecting a critical step toward self-managed health and safety amidst inadequate enforcement of labor laws.

North Carolina to receive $76m to replace drinking water lines that contain lead

North Carolina will benefit from an additional $76 million in federal funding to replace lead-contaminated drinking water lines, announced by the Biden administration. This grant is part of a larger $9 billion initiative aimed at removing hazardous lead pipes nationwide, particularly focusing on aiding disadvantaged and pollution-burdened communities.

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.

Abortion restrictions, attacks on DEI threaten Black maternal health, roundtable participants say

During a roundtable convened by the Biden-Harris campaign for Black Maternal Health Week in Durham, Black women engaged in discussions on recent strides and emerging challenges in tackling the high rate of pregnancy-related deaths among Black women. Highlighting successes such as the extension of postpartum medical care, the event underscored systemic issues perpetuating racial disparities in maternal health outcomes, as evidenced by a maternal mortality review report revealing preventable deaths and pervasive discrimination.

North Carolina can do more to help people with opioid use disorder find treatment, a policy expert tells legislators

According to an expert from The Pew Charitable Trusts, large regions of North Carolina, including the northeastern part, lack health care providers who accept Medicaid for treatments related to opioid abuse. Andrew Whitacre’s testimony to the House Select Committee on Substance Use emphasized the need for policy adjustments to facilitate access to such treatments and align state strategies with financial support.

NC Appeals Court rules Gov. Cooper erred in COVID-19 bar closures

The North Carolina Court of Appeals deemed Governor Roy Cooper’s selective closure of bars during the early COVID-19 pandemic as “irrational and arbitrary,” lacking solid scientific backing to differentiate between types of bars in terms of transmission risk. Despite claims of relying on science, the ruling criticized the absence of evidence supporting why certain bars could not comply with safety protocols that applied to others allowed to operate.

Could parental concerns dash hopes for medical marijuana in NC’s short session?

In a poignant testimony to the House Select Committee on Substance Abuse, Casey Temple shared how marijuana, once a coping mechanism for his depression, led him to a near-fatal decision at age 20. Temple’s story underscores the complexities surrounding marijuana use, sparking a crucial debate as North Carolina legislators consider the legalization of medical cannabis.

A push for IVF protections in North Carolina

In a heartfelt plea, Lauren Garrett, alongside two other North Carolina women, shared their profound gratitude for in vitro fertilization (IVF), emphasizing its pivotal role in their journey to motherhood, amidst concerns over its legal status following a controversial Alabama Supreme Court ruling last month. Despite looming uncertainties, Dr. Meaghan Bowling underscored the significance of frozen embryos in IVF success, as lawmakers and medical professionals advocate for protections amid political turbulence surrounding reproductive rights.