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DTH Photo Illustration. A student checks their empty wallet while looking at student loan interest rates and the IRS website.

North Carolina to tax student loan forgiveness as income

In North Carolina, student loan forgiveness will be taxed as income under state law, the N.C. Department of Revenue announced Aug. 31. Loan forgiveness will not be taxed as income on the federal level, according to the Biden administration.  Gov. Roy Cooper urged Republican legislators  — who hold the majority in the N.C. House of Representatives and Senate  — to exempt these loans from taxation in a Sept. 14 press release. 

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Students add notes and flowers to the memorial in the Pit on Oct. 14, 2021. The memorial commemorates students who died by suicide during the fall 2021 semester.

For Suicide Prevention Month, community organizations educate on mental health and crisis response

September is Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and community members and organizations throughout Orange County are hosting events to promote awareness and educate residents about mental health.  The Orange County Health Department held an adult mental health first aid training on Sept. 16, and will hold another on Sept. 23. And the Durham County Department of Public Health and the Orange County Health Department will  hold a Suicide Prevention and Awareness Walk on Sept. 29. If you or someone you know is experiencing a mental health crisis, call the national helpline at 988. The line is available 24/7 via call or text, and is free and confidential.

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The Peace and Justice Plaza on E Franklin St, pictured on Monday, Aug. 29, 2022.

Here's what you need to know about Alcohol Law Enforcement's authority in North Carolina

Recent events in Chapel Hill, including a forceful student arrest on Franklin Street, have left some residents wondering about Alcohol Law Enforcement's purpose, power and presence – especially in a college town. ALE enforces the state’s alcoholic beverage control, lottery and tobacco laws. Its mission, according to its website, is to “reduce crime and enhance public safety."

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Narcan, distributed through a free vending machine in Orange County Detention Center, is used to reverse an opioid overdose.

County detention center installs free Narcan vending machine, combats drug overdose

Orange County residents struggling with substance abuse can now access naloxone, which reverses opioid overdose, for free from a vending machine located at the county’s Detention Center.  Seven counties have adopted naloxone vending machines in their detention centers. These machines hold Narcan kits which reverse opioid overdoses by slowing rapid breathing. This provides time for emergency responders to administer medical treatment.

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Riza Jenkins speaks at the CHCCS Finance and Facilities meeting on Sept. 13, 2022. 

CHCCS Committee addresses funding needs to repair aging schools

The Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools Finance and Facilities Committee discussed the repair and replacement needs of Chapel Hill-Carrboro Schools at its Sept. 13 meeting.  With more than half of the schools being over 50 years old, the Capital Needs Work Group stressed the importance of major repairs and reconstruction. Board members predict that the necessary renovations could come out at upwards of half a billion dollars. 

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DTH Photo Illustration. A student reads a Sickle Cell Disease fact sheet provided by the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute on Sept. 12, 2022.

'Impacted every aspect of my life': Sickle Cell Awareness Month encourages understanding

September is National Sickle Cell Awareness Month. At this time, the only known cure for sickle cell disease is receiving bone marrow transfusions from a close family member. Gene therapy, which uses the patient's own cells, is currently considered experimental.  “Basic science and clinical research – both will help us better take care of a brand new population of adults that have sickle cell disease,” Dr. Jane Little, director of UNC's Comprehensive Sickle Cell Disease program, said. 

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