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Friday, May 9, 2014

First Drip (5/9/14): McCrory wants to test fracking on state-owned land, Snapchat photos may or may not disappear for good, more

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Gov. McCrory announced yesterday during an energy conference that he wants the state to test drill for natural gas on public lands. Despite the fact that the already-overburdened Department of Environment and Natural Resources wouldn't be able to handle a fracking accident should one occur.

Because enrollment on the North Carolina healthcare exchange drew a larger number of older customers, the cost of premiums will go up, says BlueCross BlueShield. "BlueCross expected 50 percent of its customers on the exchange to be younger than 35. But only 32 percent are under 35. That's a big deal because the mix of people is much more important than the total number. The way health insurance works, you need a certain number of younger, healthier people to balance out the costs of older people."

Ashutosh Ron Virmani, the Charlotte abortion doctor who made headlines in 2012 for spouting a racist comment about "ugly black babies," continued to add to his scumbag reputation yesterday. He was arrested on charges of raping a woman inside her home.

Snapchat users, you may want to rethink those nudie photos: The FTC announced yesterday that the company has settled on charges that it deceived its audience when it said picture messages disappeared. The FTC called those claims "false." "The charges also allege that Snapchat collected address book information without user consent, and that the app allowed video messages to be stored and accessed on a recipient's phone. It also said that Snapchat failed to secure its 'Find Friends' feature, which resulted in a security breach that affected more than 4 million users' accounts."

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