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1. DHHS investigating suspected cancer cluster near Lake Norman

Two areas near Lake Norman have reported statistically higher than expected incidences of thyroid cancer, according to a May 29 letter obtained Tuesday by Policy Watch from the state Department of Health and Human Services.

Most of the cases occurred in two Zip Codes: 28115 and 28117. The state undertook the analysis because of community reports of thyroid cancer, including several cases involving teenage girls.

Thyroid cancer is unusual in young people. It more commonly affects women in their 40s and 50s.

In preparing the assessment, the state’s Central Cancer Registry and the Division of Public Health concluded that from 1995 to 2016 the observed number of thyroid cancer cases in the 28115 Zip Code was two times the expected number.

In the 28117 Zip Code, the observed number was more than double over the same time period, and three times higher from 2012 to 2016. [Read more…]

2. Susan Wind had a reason to press state officials about a possible cancer cluster near Lake Norman. Her daughter had the disease.

3. Round-up: NCGA discusses four constitutional amendments — hunting and fishing, voter ID, victims’ rights, legislative appointment of judges

4. Local election officials detail problems with controversial early voting bill

5. Late session chaos: Lawmakers send a flood of bad bills to Cooper (and it could get worse this week)

6. New voter suppression proposals echo North Carolina’s dark past

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