First Drip (5/6/14): Polls open around N.C., federal study shows climate change affecting daily life in U.S., more



Polls are open today until 7:30 p.m. around the state. North Carolinians will weigh in on a number of important elections, including the U.S. Senate Republican who will challenge Kay Hagan in November. Thom Tillis is in the lead and could secure the 40 percent required to avoid a run-off in July. Visit the board of election's website for more information about where and how to vote.

The South Carolina Senate unanimously approved a bill that would replace Common Core standards with the state's own. Last week, a legislative committee recommended North Carolina do the same.

A federal study backed by the White House shows global warming is to blame for America's recent extreme weather patterns. "The report emphasizes how warming and its all-too-wild weather are changing daily lives, even using the phrase 'climate disruption' as another way of saying global warming." The good news? It's not too late to reverse our course.

An online petition has convinced Coca-Cola to remove a controversial chemical from some of its most popular drinks by the end of this year. Brominated vegetable oil, or BVO, is in drinks such as Fanta and Powerade - and flame retardants.

Adding even more worry and strife to a cancer patient's fight is news that branded oncology treatments have doubled in price in 10 years, now costing about $10,000 a month. "That jump is contributing to a surge in global spending on oncology treatments, which reached a whopping $91 billion last year, according to a new report from the IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. The U.S. is the largest segment of that market, with American patients and their insurers paying $37.2 billion for oncology treatments in 2013."

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