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NC Attorney General Approves Healthcare Sale, And Dolly Parton Gives Back Again

North Carolina Attorney General Josh Stein gave the green light for a major healthcare sale in western North Carolina. He approved the sales contract of nonprofit Mission Health to for-profit company HCA Healthcare — with some changes. One of those changes will require HCA to keep operating its rural hospitals for 10 years. 

The original contract only required five years. The attorney general also called for more diversity on the board of directors of the charitable foundation that will control the proceeds of the sale.

Host Frank Stasio talks to Lilly Knoepp about the details of this story. Knoepp is a reporter who covers western North Carolina at Blue Ridge Public Radio. She also shares her reporting on the $12.5 million Dolly Parton gave to Sevier County after devastating wildfires. 

Amanda Magnus is the executive producer of Embodied, a weekly radio show and podcast about sex, relationships and health. She has also worked on other WUNC shows including Tested and CREEP.
Longtime NPR correspondent Frank Stasio was named permanent host of The State of Things in June 2006. A native of Buffalo, Frank has been in radio since the age of 19. He began his public radio career at WOI in Ames, Iowa, where he was a magazine show anchor and the station's News Director.
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