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A new National Suicide Prevention Lifeline — 988 — went into operation in mid-July, replacing the former 10-digit number most states offered. North Carolina saw an immediate increase in calls. Advocates say that shows two things: the new number is easier to use, and the state still needs more mental healthcare providers, especially for youth. Here are answers to some common questions about ...

A strain of the highly contagious avian flu has been found in Wake, Union and, most recently, Durham County this fall as case numbers break records across the U.S. On Wednesday, the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services announced that a backyard flock in Durham County had tested positive for High Path Avian Influenza (HPAI), commonly called bird flu. The next day, the U.S. ...

The North Carolina Education Lottery said there is a winner in Thursday’s drawing, giving one lucky ticket holder $1.8 million. Currently, the prize is unclaimed, but the NC Education Lottery said the winner had purchased a $1 Carolina Cash 5 ticket to with the nearly $2 million jackpot, “the third largest in the history of the game.” Although the identity of the winner remains a mystery, the ...

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