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Erendira needs a kidney

By Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven  This story details the experiences of a woman on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program whose parents and husband are undocumented. To protect her loved ones’ identities and decrease their risk of deportation, we are only using her first name. Erendira’s family immigrated to the U.S. from Mexico when she was…

“Nobody cares if we’re shuttled off somewhere”

By Clarissa Donnelly-DeRoven  Jessica Aguilar has twin 10-year-old boys with autism. The family lives in Union County, just southeast of Charlotte. The boys require support workers to help them live with more ease — people who will take them to activities in the community, or who will help them practice new skills, like saying hi…

How much should nonprofit hospital CEOs make? NC Treasurer’s report fuels debate.

By Michelle Crouch and Rose Hoban As health care costs continue to rise, the executives of North Carolina’s nine largest nonprofit hospital systems have received double- and triple-digit percentage raises over the past decade, according to a report released last week by the State Treasurer’s Office. The report found that the hospital systems paid their…