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Supreme Court declines to hear South Carolina attempt to block Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood



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Supreme Court declines to hear South Carolina attempt to block Medicaid funding from Planned Parenthood

The Supreme Court on Tuesday declined to hear an appeal of a lower court ruling that blocked the South Carolina Department of Health from cutting off Medicaid funding to Planned Parenthood.

The high court’s rejection means that last year’s ruling from the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals will remain in effect, prohibiting the state from terminating Planned Parenthood as a Medicaid provider.

While it takes four justices to approve a petition, the court doesn’t publish the vote totals and it declined to hear the case without comment.

South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster (R) signed an executive order in 2018 prohibiting abortion clinics from participating in Medicaid.

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Medicaid, the health care program for the poor, generally doesn’t pay for abortions, but conservatives have longed pushed to cut any state and federal funding flowing to the Planned Parenthood, which also provides an array of other health care services.

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Under the order, South Carolina’s two Planned Parenthood Centers, which provide family planning and preventive care services, cancer screenings, and other health care, were terminated as Medicaid providers.

Planned Parenthood South Atlantic, representing one of its patients, filed suit, arguing the order is a violation of federal law that says Medicaid beneficiaries may get care from any qualified provider, and the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals agreed.

South Carolina appealed to the Supreme Court, arguing that the state has the right to determine what providers are “qualified” to participate in the Medicaid program.

The Supreme Court has in recent years declined to hear similar appeals from Louisiana and Kansas.

The decision Tuesday came during Judge Amy Coney Barrett’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, where she repeatedly declined to offer her views on landmark cases establishing a woman’s right to an abortion.

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Friendly Dental Group Named Number One Dentist in Charlotte, North Carolina – Press Release

The American Dental Association recently announced the Friendly Dental Group of Charlotte as the #1 dentist in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Charlotte, NC – October 13, 2020 – The Friendly Dental Group in Charlotte, North Carolina is proud to be named the number one dental practice in Charlotte, North Carolina by the American Dental Association. This prestigious award was given to the Friendly Dental Group in Charlotte after it was judged superior to tens of dental practices in Charlotte.

The American Dental Association (ADA) is a 163,000+ member association that exists to power the profession of dentistry. Formed over 160 years ago, they promote the art and science of dentistry by supporting dental professionals through services like Find-a-Dentist, Third-Party Payer Concierge, credentialing tools, contract review, and much more. Their mission is to ensure all member dentists have what they need when they need it and even before it is needed to help them succeed.

The American Dental Association uses a meticulous process to determine the most outstanding dental practice in each town and state. Throughout the year, respected dental practice is nominated by people of the community. Each candidate’s qualifications are then reviewed and verified. Finally, the association takes an in-depth look at the dentist’s education, experience, staff strength, environment, board certification, professional associations, and awards. They also conduct various surveys and voting to determine the overall position. After these processes, the winner will now be chosen.

After many surveys and voting in 2019 and 2020, the Friendly Dental Group was chosen as the number one dentist in Charlotte. The American Dental Association recognized the practice for its excellence in dentistry based on its outstanding aesthetic results and clinical excellence; advanced technologies; complete patient care and treatment; superior physical environment; commitment and leadership; and excellent management of the practice.

“We are honored to be named the number one dental practice in Charlotte, as it confirms our practice philosophy of delivering the best dentistry possible to our patients. A true dedication to excellence runs through every staff member of our office,” Dr. Ronald Cohen said.

For more information or to schedule a consultation, contact the Friendly Dental Group today. They are always eager to use their award-winning skills to give you a stunning smile.

About Friendly Dental Group

Friendly Dental Group is one of the largest and fastest-growing dental practices in the Carolinas with offices throughout North and South Carolina. They offer patients a wide range of dental procedures, including cleanings, whitening, fillings, implants, root canals, crowns, dentures, bridges, periodontics, and veneers, amongst many other dental services. The Friendly Dental Group is committed to providing patients with affordable and high-quality dental care with a smile.

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Basecamp Fitness Adding Location in Columbia, South Carolina

WOODBURY, Minn., Oct. 12, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — The Carolinas are about to get HIIT. Basecamp Fitness, the hot new boutique fitness franchise with a unique brand of high-intensity interval training (HIIT)-based workouts, has expanded its nationwide footprint with the sale of a new location in Columbia, SC.

“We are delighted to introduce Basecamp Fitness and its singular style of workout to the Soda City,” said Drew Mobley, owner of the new Basecamp Fitness. “We offer an effective and efficient workout for adults of all ages and abilities, with a team approach to torch calories and build strength.”

At 35 minutes long, a Basecamp class is one of the most intense yet effective workouts on the market. Members alternate between 60-second bursts of strength exercises and 60 seconds of cardio on assault bikes. An optional core segment follows every workout, which means participants benefit from intense cardio, strength training and abdominal training during every session.

Big things are happening at Basecamp Fitness, which was originally started 2013 by Nick Swinmurn, the founder of online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos. Today, Basecamp Fitness is a member of the Self Esteem Brands portfolio, which also includes the world’s largest and fastest-growing fitness franchise, Anytime Fitness. Self Esteem Brands is known for identifying and growing successful franchise formats, with an emphasis on independent, small-business owners who operate their brand locations.

“After opening several corporate studios and perfecting the customer experience at Basecamp Fitness, we are excited to expand this unique franchise opportunity on a nationwide level,” said David Mortensen, president and co-founder, Self Esteem Brands. “With such interest in boutique fitness, we are in a fantastic position to be aggressive with our franchise growth strategy for the Basecamp Fitness brand.”

Basecamp Fitness is actively seeking qualified franchise partners. The Basecamp Fitness franchise opportunity offers potential owners the opportunity to capitalize on an emerging fitness market across all 50 states. Basecamp is backed by Self Esteem Brands, which owns Waxing the City, The Bar Method, and Anytime Fitness, and brings best practices from both of its fitness concepts to support Basecamp franchisees, with unparalleled support in real estate, finance, training and marketing.

About Basecamp Fitness

Basecamp Fitness is the most effective and efficient workout in the market. Each 35-minute workout focuses on high-intensity interval training (HIIT), rotating between an assault-bike and heart-pumping floor exercises – all designed to help participants become stronger and faster. Supported by a trained instructor, members receive additional guidance via large instructional video screens. An optional 10 minutes at the end of each workout features a wide array of core exercises, which means participants benefit from intense cardio, strength training and abdominal training during every session.

For more information on franchising opportunities, visit https://franchise.Basecampfitness.com/.

About Self Esteem Brands

Our purpose is to improve the self-esteem of the world. Self Esteem Brands (SEB) is the parent company of Anytime Fitness (the world’s largest fitness franchise), Basecamp Fitness, The Bar Method and Waxing the City. Combined, most of

Coronavirus cases linked to beer fest in North Carolina, attendees urged to get tested

Attendees of a recent beer fest in North Carolina should consider getting tested for COVID-19 after at least two coronavirus cases were connected to the event, according to a local report.

Those who attended “Mecktoberfest” at the Olde Mecklenburg Brewery in Charlotte from Sept. 25 to 27 may have been exposed to the virus, Mecklenburg County Public Health Director Gibbie Harris told county commissioners on Tuesday, the Charlotte Observer reported. 

“There were thousands of people there. Those folks need to be tested,” Harris said, according to the newspaper.

“There were thousands of people there. Those folks need to be tested,” Harris said, according to the newspaper.
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The event, Harris said, involved “very few masks” and “very little social distancing.”

“There were thousands of people there. Those folks need to be tested,” Harris said, according to the newspaper.

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The Olde Mecklenburg Brewery “has always and will continue to work diligently to ensure that we comply with and adhere to all county, state and national health regulations and recommendations,” a spokesman for the establishment told the Charlotte Observer in a statement. He did not directly answer questions related to Harris’ warning, according to the newspaper.

“It is also perhaps the easiest place in town to enjoy a beer or a meal with friends while social distancing,” the spokesman added.

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Coronavirus outbreak at North Carolina hair salon tied to at least 1 death: officials

At least one person has died following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus at a hair salon in North Carolina, officials announced this week.

Haywood County Health and Human Services in a news release on Tuesday announced that the person died on Oct. 1 at a local hospital.

At least one person has died following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus at a hair salon in North Carolina, officials announced this week.

At least one person has died following an outbreak of the novel coronavirus at a hair salon in North Carolina, officials announced this week.
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“The death certificate lists pneumonia due to COVID-19 infection as an underlying cause of death (the disease that initiated the events resulting in death.) The individual was elderly and had several underlying medical conditions,” officials said, noting that no other information will be released to protect the family’s privacy.

The coronavirus cluster is linked to Enchanting Hair Fashions salon in Canton, said officials, who did not reveal how many COVID-19 cases are linked to this specific cluster.

UNIFORM USE OF CORONAVIRUS FACE MASKS MAY HAVE PREVENTED OUTBREAK AT MISSOURI HAIR SALON: REPORT

“We extend our deepest sympathy to the family and loved ones. This is a sad reminder that COVID-19 is a serious and sometimes deadly illness. We urge all citizens to do their part by observing social distancing, wear masks and practice good hygiene,” said Health Director Patrick Johnson, in a statement.

It’s not clear if the stylists or salon patrons were wearing masks, though North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper mandated them in June.

The news comes after a review from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in July found that uniform mask-wearing at a hair salon in Missouri may have prevented nearly 140 clients from contracting the novel coronavirus from two hairstylists infected with COVID-19.

In May, two hairstylists at Great Clips in Springfield, Mo., tested positive for COVID-19 after seeing clients at the salon located at 1864 S. Glenstone Ave. The stylists treated some 139 clients between the two of them.

However, none of the clients were sickened with COVID-19. Experts are crediting the use of face maks, at least in part, for preventing what could have been a significant outbreak of the deadly virus.

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“Among 139 clients exposed to two symptomatic hair stylists with confirmed COVID-19 while both the stylists and the clients wore face masks, no symptomatic secondary cases were reported; among 67 clients tested for SARS-CoV-2, all test results were negative,” the report published in the CDC’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report reads. “Adherence to the community’s and company’s face-covering policy likely mitigated [the] spread of SARS-CoV-2.”

“The citywide ordinance and company policy might have played a role in preventing [the] spread of SARS-CoV-2 during these exposures,” the authors added in the report. “These findings support the role of source control in preventing transmission and can inform the development of public health policy during the COVID-19 pandemic.”

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North Carolina elementary school teacher dies days after testing positive for Covid-19

A third-grade teacher died in North Carolina days after testing positive for Covid-19 and while her students were quarantined as a result of the exposure.



a woman wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Julie Davis, a school teacher in North Carolina, died days after testing positive for Covid-19, the school district confirmed.


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Julie Davis, a school teacher in North Carolina, died days after testing positive for Covid-19, the school district confirmed.

Julie Davis, 49, who taught at Norwood Elementary School in Stanly County, died from Covid-19 related complications, according to Michelle Bailey, a spokeswoman for the Stanly County School District.

While the official cause of death hasn’t been released, Davis’ brother Stan Andrews told CNN that she died on Sunday, October 4.

“Julie’s always been an angel to our family and to everyone she’s ever come in contact with, and I’m just thankful that she now has her wings and can be a guardian angel for all of us,” Andrews told CNN.

“She was selfless, caring,” Davis’ daughter Leanna Richardson told CNN. “She loved. She loved deeply. She would give anything to anyone in need. She loved family. She loved my brother, she loved me. She loved her husband and she loved being a ‘Lollie.’ She couldn’t just be grandma, she was Lollie. She was lovely to my son Eli.”

Davis began experiencing symptoms on September 25 and immediately self-quarantined, Bailey said.

On September 29, the Stanly County Health Department notified parents of the teacher’s third-grade class that they were required to quarantine for 14 days after being exposed to a staff member who had tested positive for the coronavirus.

Bailey told CNN the staff member was indeed Davis. CNN reached out to the North Carolina Office of Medical Examiner for confirmation of cause of death but hasn’t heard back.

None of the quarantined students have developed any symptoms or tested positive, Bailey said. The health department told the administration it believed Davis did not contract the virus from the school.

“We are extending our deepest condolences to Mrs. Davis’ family,” the district said. “We were truly blessed by her professionalism and caring spirit. Her personality was infectious and she brought joy into the lives of the students, staff, and community.”

Davis taught at Norwood Elementary School for two years, and she had earned a reputation as an “inspirational teacher who was always seeking ways to support every student so that they were able to fulfill their potential,” the district said in a Facebook post.

“I don’t think we ever went out of the house, on vacation, anything without a teacher bag with her papers to grade lesson plans, her laptop, her planner,” Richardson said.

“She loved her students, she would never let a child go without. She cared about them far beyond the classroom.”

For the third time in less than a week, North Carolina is reporting more than 2,200 new Covid-19 cases, according to data released by the North Carolina Department of Health. On Monday, the state reported 2,258 additional infections related to the coronavirus, the department of health reported.

North Carolina currently has the eighth-highest number of cases

North Carolina college student, seemingly otherwise healthy, dies of Covid-19 complications

A college student and former high school basketball player has died from Covid-19, highlighting the virus’s danger even toward the young and healthy.



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Chad Dorrill, a 19-year-old sophomore at Appalachian State University in North Carolina, died this week after complications from Covid-19, according to the university. He was diagnosed with the virus earlier in September.

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Dorrill lived off campus, and all of his classes were online. The university did not say how he contracted the virus.

“When he began feeling unwell earlier this month, his mother encouraged him to come home, quarantine, and be tested for COVID-19,” Sheri Everts, chancellor of App State, said in an announcement to the university community.

“After testing positive for COVID-19 in his home county, he followed isolation procedures and was cleared by his doctor to return to Boone.”

When he returned to school, Dorrill began experiencing further difficulties, Everts said. His family then picked him up, and he was hospitalized.

“Despite generally being at lower risk for severe illness, college-age adults can become seriously ill from COVID-19. As we approach the halfway mark to the last day of classes for the Fall semester, we are seeing a rise in COVID-19 cases in students,” Everts warned.

Classes — a mix of online and in-person — began in August. Since March 27, more than 600 people at the university have contracted the virus, according to the school’s tally.

Dorrill is not the first undergraduate student to die from Covid-19, but his death raises even more urgent questions around the safety of college campuses, even as universities urge safety measures amidst reopening.

CNN reached out to Dorrill’s family for comment, but has not immediately received a response.

Liam Dunman, a student at App State, said the death “definitely resonated” with him.

“You don’t hear about people our age dying from it at all, so it definitely got a little bit more real for me,” he told CNN affiliate WSOC.

In the state of North Carolina, there have only been five reported deaths from Covid-19 in people ages 24 and under and more than 56,000 confirmed cases, according to the state’s Department of Health and Human Services.

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