The number of tick-related illnesses reported in North Carolina has been growing for the past two years. And it looks as if this year’s total will be higher still. State health officials have beefed up monitoring efforts to find out what’s causing the uptick in cases. Rose Hoban accompanied two scientists on a tick hunt in Eastern Chatham County.
Archive for July, 2005
State lawmakers still have not finished work on this year’s budget. One of the stumbling blocks they’re facing is how much to raise the state tax on cigarettes. It’s currently the lowest in the country. Some people think it should stay that way. Laura Leslie reports.
Almost two weeks of heat and humidity have taken their toll not only on residents – but also on their homes. In this hot weather it takes a lot of power to keep houses cool. Air conditioners use more power because they have to work harder in hot weather. That means they are more likely to break down. Jessica Jones reports.
You might think a group of primates from Africa would not mind North Carolina’s recent heat and humidity. But Lorne Matalon found that the weather this week has even been hard on the Lemurs that live at Duke University’s Primate Center.
The US House of Representatives is scheduled to vote today on a proposed free trade agreement with Central America called CAFTA. The Senate has already passed the measure, which has the support of the White House and many prominent Republicans. But it’s an idea that few members of North Carolina’s House delegation feel they can support. Jessica Jones reports.