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Jul. 06, 2015 @ 02:42 PM

'It's an epidemic'

The likelihood of black men getting prostate cancer and dying from it represent two of the biggest gaps between the health of black and white men in the United States.

And as it turns out, the gulf is particularly wide in North Carolina, where the odds of dying from prostate cancer are among the worst in the nation. African-Americans in the state are nearly two times as likely as whites to be diagnosed with prostate cancer and nearly three times as likely to die from its complications.

It’s a serious problem in communities across the state but is particularly bad across a swath of northeastern and eastern North Carolina counties where the African-American population approaches or exceeds 50 percent, and where — for reasons not completely clear — the disease is often even more dangerous for black men than the state’s sobering average.

Prostate cancer is for practical purposes a different and much more fearsome disease for black men. And research suggests that it sometimes may be a biologically different disease for them, too.

“It’s an epidemic,” said Rev. Thomas Walker of Rocky Mount, who was diagnosed with an aggressive form of the cancer at age 47 and has become a prostate cancer activist, spreading the word among black communities about the dangers.


Jul. 03, 2015 @ 04:34 PM

High court ruling may impact new law

The U.S. Supreme Court's decision recently legalizing gay marriage in all 50 states doesn't change much in North Carolina, where federal judges struck down the state’s same-sex marriage ban last October.


Jun. 27, 2015 @ 01:20 PM

Water transfer meeting postponed

The meeting of a state committee that will decide the fate of Henderson’s request for an inter-basin transfer certificate has been delayed because of the volume of the public comments submitted to the state.

“It has taken longer than originally anticipated to respond to the public comments and finalize the hearing officer’s report, so deadlines for the July meetings could not be met,” said Kim Nimmer, of the state Department of the Environment and Natural Resources, in an email.


Dec. 15, 2014 @ 05:33 PM

Foundation funds aid area organizations

A local grant fund is rolling out more than $55,000 in awards for Vance County groups this month.


Dec. 10, 2014 @ 01:02 PM

NC advocates for poor demand Medicaid expansion

Advocates for expanding Medicaid to more of North Carolina's poor and uninsured residents on Wednesday sought to keep up the pressure for Republican lawmakers to reverse course.


Dec. 10, 2014 @ 01:01 PM

Lumberton man shot and killed; 2 charged

Authorities say a Lumberton man is dead and two other men are in custody charged with murder, robbery and other counts after leading police on a five-mile, high-speed chase.


Dec. 10, 2014 @ 12:58 PM

UN experts call for prosecution over US torture

All senior U.S. officials and CIA agents who authorized and carried out torture like waterboarding as part of former President George W. Bush's national security policy must be prosecuted, top U.N. human rights officials said Wednesday.


Dec. 10, 2014 @ 12:56 PM

Malala, Satyarthi receive Nobel Peace Prize

Malala Yousafzai of Pakistan and Kailash Satyarthi of India received the Nobel Peace Prize on Wednesday for risking their lives to help protect children from slavery, extremism and forced labor at great risk to their own lives.


Dec. 09, 2014 @ 03:19 PM

Senate report: Harsh CIA tactics didn't work

In a damning indictment of CIA practices, Senate investigators on Tuesday accused the spy agency of inflicting pain and suffering on al-Qaida prisoners far beyond its legal boundaries and then deceiving the nation with narratives of useful interrogations unsubstantiated by its own records.


Dec. 09, 2014 @ 03:01 PM

Ukraine forces, rebels largely suspend hostilities

Government troops and Russian-backed separatists largely suspended hostilities in east Ukraine on Tuesday, raising hopes of a lasting peaceful settlement in a conflict that has raged for seven months and claimed thousands of lives.