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"As people get out and about more, injuries from car crashes and other traumas are increasing, and the backlog of surgical procedures delayed by the pandemic have driven up demand for blood and platelets," The News & Observer reported. Delisha English, president and CEO of The Blood Connection, said this need is "unprecedented" and could last several weeks if the community "doesn’t take immediate action."

“We had a thousand new cases a day reported yesterday and today," Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Dr. Mandy Cohen said Thursday. "That’s more than three times the number of cases we were seeing just two weeks ago." She went on to say the agency believes the spike of cases is due to the Fourth of July holiday. A majority of those as the Delta variant, first discovered in India.  

Brown, 42, was shot and killed by deputies serving warrants at his home in Elizabeth City, North Carolina on April 21. The events surrounding his death prompted protests due to his family claiming he was ambushed by authorities. An autopsy found that Brown died from a fatal gunshot wound to the back of his head.

A group of healthcare professionals will be canvassing low-vaccinated neighborhoods in the Charlotte area to administer doses to eligible residents who want to be inoculated. The county also has a home-based vaccination request form on its website available for residents to use. As of now, over half of North Carolina's adult population are considered to be fully vaccinated.

Eric Parker, 62, and his wife Tangela Parker, 50, had been on the run from authorities after they were wanted in connection to the murder of Phelifia Marlow, who was shot and killed at TCS Designs in Hickory on January 13. The U.S. Marshals office announced they arrested the fugitives on Tuesday following a series of leads connected to Phoenix, Ariz. in recent weeks.

The Tar Heel State came in No. 2 overall in a CNBC survey with the highest rankings for economy and workforce, moving up one spot from third in 2019. A solid profile with life, health and inclusion as the only factor the state scored in the bottom-half-- 37th out of 50-- with a D- grade.

Colonial was ordered to fix troubleshooting gaps across its entire network to prevent future spills. The major leak discovered at a wildlife refuge outside of Charlotte was not a first occurrence for the company. It was eventually reported that almost 18 times more gasoline leaked from its pipe than its original estimate,

Officials will draw the next $1 million winner from the pool of eligible North Carolinians who've received at least one COVID-19 vaccine dose as of Sunday, July 4. However, the incentive of a lump sum payout is not swaying people to line up for their shots.

A hurricane watch was issued for the Sunshine State's western coast, but it's unknown if Elsa will strengthen before making landfall. The system is not predicted to reach hurricane status for a second time. However, there is some possibility of that happening right before landfall early Wednesday, according to the Weather Channel.

The data shows North Carolina's birth rate fell by 3.1%, which is still above the national average that declined by 3.8%. One reason for the lack new population growth could be due to the timing of the pandemic coming early in 2020. A little over 100,000 live births were record in the state last year, down from 118,000 in 2019.