First Degree Murder Charge Against North Carolina Teacher Dropped

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A former North Carolina teacher has not yet decided whether she’ll return to teaching after resigning earlier this year. She gave up the job, which she’d performed so well that she was named her school’s 2012-13 Teacher of the Year, because she was charged with murder. Everything changed for the woman on Feb. 10, when
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Prescription Fraud Often Starts with a Simple Prescription

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It is a story told over and over in our culture: A patient who sustains a painful injury or goes through a serious surgery receives a prescription for Oxycodone, Morphine, Codeine or a similar drug. The patient may have little reason to suspect that the drug will ultimately cause more harm than good. At the
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The Story Of One STARR Graduate Shows Hope And Determination

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Yesterday we provided a brief outline of the Substance Abuse Treatment And Recidivism Reduction program. Durham County operates the STARR program with the goal of providing help to inmates who are addicted to drugs and alcohol, thereby reducing recidivism rates. The program is administered by the Durham County Criminal Justice Resource Center and Sheriff’s Office,
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STARR Program Provides Hope For Inmates Struggling With Addiction

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Durham County’s Substance Abuse Treatment And Recidivism Reduction program accepts men and women who volunteer or are court-ordered to participate. The STARR program, operating out of the Durham County Detention Facility, treats chemical dependency and addresses behaviors that may lead to criminal activity. STARR includes a number of tactics to treat chemical dependency, including group
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Crime Rates Fall In North Carolina and Expunctions Increase

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North Carolina’s Department of Justice released a report yesterday showing that the state’s crime rate continues to decline. Not every type of crime has declined, however, and certain areas of the state continue to have relatively high rates. The statistics show a readily discernible pattern: From 10 years ago, the crime rate has lowered by
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