The staff at the Charlotte Community Health Clinic: Nancy Hudson (left), Maria Elena Solanilla, Tonya Luna, Lisa Ortiz-Fraticelli, Charm May Agustin, Martha Brinsko and Tamara Withers-Thompson. Michael Tomsic/WFAE hide caption

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Registered nurses Cassie Gregor (from left), Camellia Douglas and Mike Montalto monitor patients in intensive care units scattered around North Carolina. Kevin McCarthy/Carolinas HealthCare System hide caption

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Want to get your teeth whitened? You may soon have more options. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that a state board of dentistry unfairly drove competitors out of business by trying to block non-dentists from providing whitening services. Vince Bucci/Getty Images hide caption

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Happy patients can be a windfall for the hospitals that care for them. Laughing Stock/Corbis hide caption

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Yusor Abu-Salha was one of the victims in Tuesday's shooting in Chapel Hill, N.C. She sat down with her teacher, Mussarut Jabeen, at StoryCorps last May. StoryCorps hide caption

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Deah Barakat; his wife, Yusor Mohammad Abu-Salha, 21; and her sister, Razan Mohammad Abu-Salha, were killed Tuesday. The photo comes from a Facebook page created by friends of the trio. Courtesy of Our Three Winners hide caption

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Debra Blackmon (left) was sterilized by court order in 1972, at age 14. With help from her niece, Latoya Adams (right), she's fighting to be included in the state's compensation program. Eric Mennel/WUNC hide caption

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Marvin Eaton owns a farm in Belew's Creek, N.C., where he grows 200 acres of tobacco. He bought the farm from his grandfather and plans to pass it down to his son. Emily McCord/WFDD hide caption

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Lacey Williams (from left), Mary Espinosa, Jaime Villegas, Armando Cruz Martinez and Elisa Benitez talk inside the offices of the Latin American Coalition in Charlotte, N.C. According to a 2011 Pew Hispanic report, the median age of Latinos in North Carolina is 24. Andy McMillan for NPR hide caption

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Lynda Johnson (center) cries as she watches her daughter Kandyce Johnson (left) marry Jana Downs in Charlotte, N.C., on Monday. Same-sex couples lined up to get marriage licenses Monday, the first day Mecklenburg County issued the licenses. Jeff Siner/MCT/Landov hide caption

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Sen. Kay Hagan, D-N.C., takes questions from the media in April during an appearance in Durham. Hagan has tried for her first 5 1/2 years in the U.S. Senate to convince North Carolina voters that being in the middle of the road is a good thing. Gerry Broome/AP hide caption

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Before opening a plant in North Carolina in early 2014, Sierra Nevada took water samples from all over the region and analyzed them. It realized it needed to add salt and prepare for fermentation. Steve R/Flickr hide caption

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Residents fear that the economy of Belhaven, N.C., will collapse because its hospital closed. "How many people go retire somewhere where it doesn't even have a hospital?" asks the mayor. Hyun Namkoong hide caption

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