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Associated Press

  • A federal judge has ordered the North Carolina state employee health plan provide “medically necessary services" for transgender people linked to gender confirmation. U.S. District Judge Loretta Biggs ruled Friday it was unlawfully biased for the State Health Plan to exclude coverage for such treatments.
  • Gov. Roy Cooper has decided to lift North Carolina’s outdoor mask mandate. The news comes as the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said this week that vaccinated Americans no longer need to cover their faces outside unless they are in a large crowd.