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Find more information on Monkeypox in N.C. at www.ncdhhs.gov. Photographed on Aug. 23, 2022. 

NC health departments respond to increased monkeypox cases, rising disparities

Over 14,000 cases of monkeypox have been identified in the United States.  Compared to other states, North Carolina is ranked 15th in monkeypox infections, according to Aug. 18 data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. "If there is a case that comes in through our local health departments, they are required to then report that to us so we can work with them to do follow-up: to provide treatment and materials and also do contact tracing," said Dr. Susan Kansagra, the NCDHHS assistant secretary for public health.

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Layota Smith and Demonte Folks sit on their bed on July 24th. Smith and Folks are residents of University Gardens Condos in Chapel Hill, N.C.

Residents of University Gardens, affordable housing community, face eviction

On June 30, The landlord and owner of University Gardens, a Chapel Hill affordable housing community, sent eviction notices to some tenants informing them that they needed to leave by the beginning of August. A coalition of local organizations reached an agreement with the owner to extend the residents' notices until the end of September if the coalition balanced the outstanding dues of residents being evicted, covered their rent and provided a $500-per-lease incentive.

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Supporters of abortion rights gather in Raleigh to protest the U.S. Supreme Court's decision to overturn Roe v. Wade on June 24, 2022.

U.S. District Court judge reinstates ban on abortions after 20 weeks in NC

Abortions are no longer legal after 20 weeks of pregnancy in North Carolina, with exceptions for medical emergencies, according to a federal court ruling on Wednesday. The ruling said that the June U.S. Supreme Court decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, left an injunction on the 1973 law without foundation. "Denying women necessary medical care in extreme and threatening situations, even if rare, is fundamentally wrong, and we cannot let politicians mislead people about the real world implications of this harmful law," Gov. Roy Cooper said in a statement.

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Maya Jackson, the founder of Mobilizing African American Mothers Through Empowerment (MAAME), spends some time with her son August at MAAME's Durham office space.

End of Roe v. Wade adds uncertainty to Black maternal health crisis

Mobilizing African American Mothers Through Empowerment (MAAME) is a nonprofit, community-based maternal health organization that serves Black, Indigenous, and people of color who give birth, as well as LGBTQ+ and low-income birthing people and their families in the Triangle. Black women are three times more likely to die from a pregnancy-related cause than white women, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The overturning of Roe v. Wade may create greater maternal health inequity for low-income, LGBTQ+ people and people of color in North Carolina, said maternal and child health doctoral candidate Caitlin Williams. 

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Antonio Alanís, the full-time artist at Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe Elementary, paints the "Mi Comunidad de FPGB" mural on Monday, Aug. 15, 2022. 

Mural at Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe Elementary celebrates diversity, immersion

Inaugural Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe Elementary School resident artist Antonio Alanís has been working with students on a mural that celebrates diversity and will finish before Chapel Hill-Carrboro City Schools start classes on Aug. 29. His residency began in May 2022 with the purpose of making a mural to address cultural pride, community-building and multiculturalism, among other themes.

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