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Letter From the Editor: Better a Civil Action


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It was U.S. Supreme Court Justice Louis Brandeis who said that “a state may, if its citizens choose, serve as a laboratory; and try novel social and economic experiments without risk to the rest of the country.” He meant that various state legislatures, especially over a period of years, may try different solutions to the… Continue Reading

Animal Agriculture Bill Gets a Civil Approach in North Carolina


There’s no crime, no unconstitutional prior restraint on taking pictures or making videos, and no deadlines for turning over evidence of animal cruelty. Indeed, the elements that raise constitutional questions about some state “ag-gag” laws are not even found in the North Carolina bill now on Gov. Pat McCrory’s desk Animal activists are still vigorously… Continue Reading

NC Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Re-Cooked Pulled Pork


A Salmonella outbreak in North Carolina this past fall that sickened dozens of people has been linked to re-cooked pulled pork served at a church conference. According to news reports published Friday, the problem was probably smoked Boston butt prepared overnight by a member of the Living Word Tabernacle Church in Bessemer City, NC, and then re-cooked the… Continue Reading

15 Postal Workers Hospitalized After Eating Potluck Leftovers


At least North Carolina 15 postal workers were taken to the hospital Thursday after consuming food from a Veteran’s Day potluck. Dozens of employees at a U.S. Post Office on West Pointe Drive in western Mecklenberg County began experiencing nausea, diarrhea and vomiting after eating leftovers from a potluck held Tuesday evening, according to local… Continue Reading

Hepatitis A Warning at North Carolina Nursing Home


Health officials in North Carolina are warning visitors of the Golden Living Center in the town of Mount Airy that they may have been exposed to hepatitis A virus, according to local news station Fox 8. An employee at the nursing home was recently diagnosed with hepatitis A and might have prepared food while contagious… Continue Reading

Seven Salmonella Cases Confirmed After North Carolina Church Conference


Officials with the Gaston County Department of Health & Human Services in Gastonia, NC, announced Tuesday that they are investigating reports of Salmonellosis associated with a church conference at Living Word Tabernacle Church in Bessemer City, NC. As of Tuesday afternoon, health officials said there were seven confirmed cases, with a significant number of lab… Continue Reading

Update: 37 Salmonella Illnesses Linked to North Carolina Restaurant


The Watauga County office of the Appalachian District Health Department is working with the North Carolina Division of Public Health to investigate a gastrointestinal illness outbreak linked to Proper Restaurant in Boone, NC. As of Friday, the health department had identified nine individuals with signs and symptoms consistent with Salmonellosis: diarrhea, stomach pain, fever, nausea,… Continue Reading

Update: NC Student Still Hospitalized in Apparent E. Coli Outbreak


A middle-school student from Davidson County, NC, has been hospitalized for more than a week with symptoms related to an apparent E. coli infection that sickened three children in late December, according to a Monday report in a local newspaper. The student was one of two Tyro Middle School students admitted for their symptoms. A… Continue Reading

NC Officials Suspect E. Coli Infection in Three Children


Health officials in North Carolina’s Davidson County now say they are investigating illnesses in three children possibly infected with E. coli. The news on Monday came after officials already reported two children sick over the weekend. The first two children attend Tyro Middle School and were both hospitalized Friday after suffering from severely bloody diarrhea… Continue Reading

Final Report Issued on Salmonella Outbreak Linked to Church Barbeque

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Late last week, the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services Division of Public Health (NCDPH) released a final report detailing its investigation into a Salmonella outbreak linked to a fundraising barbeque held at Sandy Plains Baptist Church in Shelby, NC, on Sept. 7, 2013. The report states that 104 people between the ages… Continue Reading