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Her health insurer delayed her MRI – as the cancer spread

By Michelle Crouch Kathleen Valentini was 47 when she first noticed a nagging pain in her hip. The Waxhaw mom tried physical therapy, but her pain just got worse. Her doctor ordered an MRI to find out what was going on, according to court documents and Kathleen’s husband, Val Valentini.  But Kathleen’s health insurer wouldn’t…

NC Republicans call for new 12-week abortion restriction

By Anne Blythe, Rachel Crumpler and Rose Hoban North Carolinians have been able to get abortion care up to 20 weeks into their pregnancies, but that may be subject to change. Republicans in the Senate and House of Representatives came to an agreement on proposed legislation to limit access to abortion after 12 weeks gestation.  Key…

People under guardianship in NC would have more rights and information, under proposed revamp of statutes

By Thomas Goldsmith When Tylor Freeman was 18, he remembers, a Buncombe County court ruled that he needed a legal guardian to help him make life decisions, because that’s what a psychologist recommended after a 10-minute interview.  Freeman, 28, of Asheville, who has cerebral palsy, told his story during an April 25 event in downtown…