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RALEIGH – The 2014 short session of the North Carolina General Assembly started Wednesday, May 14, with the prospect that this year it may indeed be a short one.

The return of the General Assembly also means the return of Moral Monday protests, which will likely keep the heat on legislators as they deal with a widening hole in the state budget and as they sort through competing plans on everything from coal ash cleanup to teacher pay.

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More than 1,200 free rescue kits have been dispensed since August 1, 2013

The North Carolina Harm Reduction Coalition (NCHRC) is saving lives and bringing overdose victims back from the brink of death with its community-based Overdose Prevention Program (OPP). The OPP provides free overdose reversal kits and training to those likely to experience or witness an overdose. Since this program became fully operational on Aug. 1, 2013, NCHRC has dispensed 1,249 overdose rescues kits, and 50 individuals have reported they successfully administered naloxone, the antidote for opiate overdose. To advance these efforts Full Circle Recovery Center, LLC in Franklin, NC, an NCHRC Naloxone Contractor, will be distributing overdose rescue kits in Macon, Jackson, Haywood, Swain, and Cherokee counties.

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Wikipedia falsely listed heart attack as cause of death.

On Friday morning while visiting family in Virginia for the holiday weekend, North Carolina Senator Jim Davis was bombarded with phone calls from friends concerned about his well being. After answering a call from Macon County Commissioner Ronnie Beale, Davis learned that people in Western North Carolina thought he had died of an apparent heart attack.

“I had no idea what was going on,” Davis said Friday afternoon. “People were calling to see if I was alive, and I looked in the mirror, and sure enough, I am doing ok.”

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N.C. insurance commissioner protesting request for rate hike

Residents of North Carolina could soon see their home insurance rates go up if insurance companies across the state get their way.

In early January, the N.C. Rate Bureau, on behalf of those companies, requested an overall statewide increase of 25.3 percent, varying by geographic territory. According to the original request, the new rates would go into effect on August 1 of this year.

That has however been put on hold as a result of N.C. Department of Insurance Commissioner Wayne Goodwin finding fault in the request.

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