Scrutiny on prisons heightened after another attack

​This week saw yet another inmate attack on a correctional officers, this time at the N.C. Correctional Institution for Women in Raleigh. Thankfully, the unnamed officer was treated and released from the hospital with no life threatening injuries.
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Mission Health no longer in State Health Plan

The deadline for a new contract between Mission Health and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina passed Thursday without a deal. That means Mission’s facilities in the western part of the state are now “out-of-network” for BCBSNC customers and members of the State Health Plan under most circumstances.
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State employees name Wray, Jordan as Legislators of the Year

EMPAC, the political arm of the State Employees Association of North Carolina, presented Rep. Michael Wray (D-Halifax) and Rep. Jonathan Jordan (R-Ashe) with Lisa B. Mitchell Legislator of the Year awards Saturday for their efforts advocating for state employees and retirees during the recent legislative session.
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ECU, Vidant execute formal agreement to integrate

​East Carolina University and Vidant Health executed a formal agreement Wednesday to integrate ECU Physicians Group and Vidant Medical Group​, completing a merger that gives away state assets and jeopardizes the future and stability of 1,200 state employees.
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Dispute puts health services in west in jeopardy

​SEANC has learned that members in the western part of the state are facing increased health care costs because of an ongoing contract dispute​ between Mission Health System, which operates six hospitals and other facilities in Asheville and surrounding areas, and Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, the state’s largest insurance provider.
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