First Drip (6/2/15): N.C. health insurers propose rate increase

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North Carolina health insurance companies want to raise average premiums between 11 and 26 percent in 2016 on the Affordable Care Act marketplace. The proposed change is due to data concerning customers who have signed up for Obamacare over the last two years; Blue Cross Blue Shield reps say they are sicker than expected. More than 90 percent of North Carolinians covered through the marketplace received federal subsidies, meaning they won't take as hard a hit on rising premiums. 


Details of Justin Shane McGlamery's Thursday arrest are coming to the surface, as the Union County Sheriff's Office has announced that the Mecklenburg County probation officer bought heroin four times in the last two weeks, including twice while wearing his badge and firearm. He was arrested at the Stonecrest Shopping Center on Thursday and briefly hospitalized after swallowing heroin. 


The North Carolina Senate overrode a veto from Pat McCrory on a piece of legislation that would allow magistrates and registers of deeds to opt out of performing civil services and marriages for same-gender couples. The override vote was 32 to 16, the same as the original vote in February. Reports have said that the House could vote on an override as early as Tuesday or Wednesday. 

The North Carolina Senate voted on final approval of new rules regarding abortion in the state, primarily one that would extend the waiting period for a woman wanting an abortion from 24 to 72 hours. It also requires doctors to give more data to regulators regarding second-trimester abortions. The bill now moves to the House for final approval. 

Several UNC Charlotte students living in the Circle Apartments near the college have been given until the end of the day to move out after concerns about inspections have been raised. The new building has failed several inspections and will have to be inspected again. Owners of the apartment building have said the floor collapsed in one apartment with people inside. 

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