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Social Security Phone Scams: SSA Issues Urgent Alert

January 3, 2020   |  
The Social Security Administration (SSA) has issued an urgent alert to citizens regarding an alarming increase in Social Security phone scams. According to Andrew Saul, SSA commissioner, Social Security phone scams “harm vulnerable Americans and erode public trust in Social Security.” Saul noted that “Our programs require the public to...
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Distracted Driving a Threat During Holiday Travel Season

November 25, 2019   |  
More than 55 million Americans will hit the road this holiday season, according to a forecast by AAA. As highway traffic heats up, drivers must be increasingly wary of a growing threat: distracted driving. In 2017, distracted driving was blamed for nearly 25,000 injuries and 152 deaths in North Carolina...
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Hurricane Dorian: Resources & Links for North Carolina

September 4, 2019   |  
Hurricane Dorian Update for North Carolina: Hurricane Dorian continues to move up the United States coastline, and North Carolina’s eastern coast may be hit with high winds, rain and storm surge as soon as late today and Thursday. The storm is projected to impact North Carolina as a Category 1...
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Entenmann’s Cookie Recall: Choking Hazard Puts People at Risk

August 2, 2019   |  
Bimbo Bakeries has issued a recall of Entenmann’s Little Bites Soft Baked Cookies due to a potential choking hazard. Certain boxes of 5-pack mini chocolate chip cookies may contain small blue bits of plastic, posing a safety risk to consumers. The plastic bits were accidentally introduced during the packaging process,...
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Are essential oils poisonous? They can be…

June 28, 2019   |  
Are essential oils poisonous? Many believe essential oils are harmless because they are natural and have been used for many years. This is simply not true. Essential oils are obtained from plant parts.  Many have a nice scent and therefore are used for perfumes, cosmetics, room fresheners, flavorings and pesticides. ...
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Kissing Bugs in North Carolina – What You Need to Know

April 29, 2019   |  
The deadly “kissing bug” is in North Carolina, with the first sighting reported in 2015. And according to a report by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the danger is growing. Reports of kissing bugs continue to spread. The CDC has confirmed that the kissing bug, (formally known as...
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What is a North Carolina Vehicle Inspection?

November 26, 2018   |  
If you own a vehicle in North Carolina, state law requires you to comply with mandatory vehicle inspections. The state Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) requires two different vehicle inspections before residents can lawfully drive: emissions and safety. The goal of mandatory vehicle inspections is to increase the safety of...
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Preparing for the Uncertainty of Hurricane Florence

September 11, 2018   |  
As we're all aware, Hurricane Florence is scheduled to make landfall in North Carolina late Thursday afternoon. Currently, a category 4 storm, residents of the state can expect to experience extreme to catastrophic damages including powerful winds, extreme flooding and limited resources including electricity. Hurricanes are one of nature’s most...
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Tips to Keep North Carolina Kids Safe on the Way Back to School

August 26, 2018   |  
It’s that time of year again. Kids of all ages are headed back to school. Whether kids attend an elementary school, charter school, high school, private school, or special education center; these students all have one thing in common: the need to arrive safely to and from school. The first...
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Having Fun and Staying Safe This Fourth of July Holiday

July 3, 2018   |  
With Independence Day around the corner, families are gearing up to make the most of the holiday. Celebrating the 4th of July comes hand-in-hand with many outdoor summer activities – whether it involves throwing something on the grill, heading out on the water, or setting off fireworks. Here are some...
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