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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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Payments Start For N.C. Eugenics Victims, But Many Won't Qualify

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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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Tobacco Farmers Lose Longtime Safety Net

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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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In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Decide Tight Senate Race

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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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Senate Control May Swing On North Carolina's Unpopularity Contest

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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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Craft Brewers Tweak N.C. Water To Match Western Mountain Flavor

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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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John Stuart (left) of Green Man Brewery grabs a Tater Ridge mash sample from Sierra Nevada's Scott Jennings (center) at the Sierra Nevada brewery in Mills River, N.C. Courtesy of Sierra Nevada Brewing Co. hide caption

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Keith Crisco, a North Carolina textile entrepreneur who went up against former American Idol singer Clay Aiken in a Democratic primary, died in an accident at home on Monday. Uncredited/AP hide caption

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John Martin, 24, was uninsured until a health care navigator told him he could get coverage through his parents' health plan. Jenny Gold hide caption

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In North Carolina, Workarounds Help The Poor Find Health Coverage

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A close look at this house at 3215 Wade Ave. in Raleigh, N.C., suggests not all is as it seems. There isn't a driveway, for instance, and there's no walkway to the front door. Eric Mennel/WUNC hide caption

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