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Posted inAging

NC’s perennially popular senior centers eye post-COVID changes, modernized approaches

By Thomas Goldsmith North Carolina’s senior centers have for decades offered havens of company, support and education for older people but had to adapt most of those roles during the pandemic that hit the over-65 population especially hard. As the state’s more than 160 centers reopen this year with the ongoing COVID-19 disease still a […]

Posted inChildren's Health

N.C. expected to remove lead, asbestos from public schools and child care centers

By Greg Barnes For years, bills have been introduced in the North Carolina General Assembly calling for the removal of lead from drinking water at public schools and licensed child care centers. Each time, the bills failed to gain traction, largely because of money. Lawmakers worried about the costs of abatement and school districts feared […]

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Appeals, secret deals delay fine payment for assisted living centers

By Thomas Goldsmith and Mona Dougani  When Ashe Gardens Assisted Living in Pender County “failed to provide supervision for 11 residents with assaultive, aggressive, sexually expressive and wandering behaviors,” state officials fined the facility $70,000 for that and other lapses, state records show.  But the center hasn’t paid a dime of the fines levied in […]