Alex Olgin

Health Reporter
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Before getting the flu shot this year, I did some research about where I thought I could get the best value in gift cards. Since the Affordable Care Act required insurers to cover the cost of the shot it’s pure profit for many customers. 

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All early voting locations across North Carolina will now have to be open the same weekday hours — 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.  Lawmakers changed this over the summer after county budgets were already set, causing local elections directors to scramble. In some counties, it means fewer places for people to vote early.

Rape Kit
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North Carolina got a federal grant to outsource DNA testing for a portion of the close to 15,000 untested rape kits that sit on evidence shelves in local law enforcement agencies. But the attorney general said more state funding is needed to test the rest of these kits.  

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North Carolina’s Department of Public Safety is now reimbursing hospitals for rape kits as required. That’s the conclusion of an inquiry by the Justice Department's Office on Violence Against Women that came after WFAE reported nurses at hospitals said they weren’t being reimbursed for sexual assault exams.

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North Carolina counties got nearly $2.5 million dollars in federal grants for drug courts and treatment. These are part of the $320 million the Department of Justice awarded across the country.

Sexual Assault Kits
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The North Carolina sexual assault tracking system launches Monday. It allows victims of sexual assaults who get a forensic exam to track where their evidence is and if it’s been tested. Idaho, Arkansas and a few other states have similar systems.  

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Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools is starting its second round of water testing Monday. CMS said the second round of testing will include 17 high schools, 15 middle schools and three administrative sites, all built before 1989. The district will send parents notifications before testing happens at their child's school and when results will be available.

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The Red Cross is asking for people to donate blood after the organization had to cancel hundreds of blood drives in the southeast because of Hurricane Florence. The organization needs constant donations to keep its supply of blood strong.  

A handful of Anson County families were able to return home Tuesday morning after a scare from a breached dam. A dam owned by B.V. Hedrick Gravel and Sand in Lilesville failed Monday and multiple households were evacuated.

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Many Charlotteans are back to work Monday after a weekend of rain from Hurricane Florence. The National Weather Service reported the city got about 7 inches of rain over the weekend.

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