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Major chickenpox outbreak hits North Carolina town where many claim religious exemptions from vaccines

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A North Carolina town known as a stronghold of anti-vaccination activists is dealing with the largest outbreak of chickenpox in two decades.

According to the Washington Post, the Asheville Waldorf School in Asheville, NC has reported seeing 36 separate chickenpox infections this year, the highest number the school has ever seen since the chickenpox vaccine first became available in the United States in 1995.

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Asheville is home to many families who claim religious exemptions from vaccinating their children, the Post reports, and it cites Centers for Disease Control statistics showing that “the percentage of children under two years old who haven’t received any vaccinations has quadrupled since 2001.”

What’s more, North Carolina’s Department of Health and Human Services has found that the Asheville Waldorf School has one of the highest rates of families who cite religious exemptions to vaccines of any school in the state. In total, just 42 of the school’s 152 students — roughly 28 percent — had received the chickenpox vaccine.

Despite this, some parents in Asheville are not concerned about the impact their decisions are having on public health.

“What’s the big deal with chickenpox?” Asheville resident Amy Gordon told the Asheville Citizen Times. “If I was a parent with a kid who wasn’t vaccinated, I’d want to send my kid to the Waldorf School to get chickenpox.”

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WATCH: Saturday Night Live airs Christmas special — that’s just one giant dig at the Electoral College

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NBC's "Saturday Night Live" aired an opening skit that was just one giant attack on the electoral college.

A snowman introduced the segment, saying that we could look in on the holiday table conversation thanks to hacked Nest cams.

The skit featured a house in San Francisco, California, a second in Charleston, South Carolina and a third in Atlanta, Georgia.

Each dinner table debated impeachment, and the differences between President Donald Trump and his predecessor, President Barack Obama.

But then the snowman said that none of their votes matter.

"They'll debate the issues all year long, but then it all comes down to 1,000 people in Wisconsin who won't even think about the election until the morning of," the snowman said. "And that's the magic of the Electoral College."

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Georgia mayor being recalled for racism resigns from office: report

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Hoschton Mayor Theresa Kenerly resigned in a special city council meeting held on Saturday, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reported Saturday.

"The resignation came just days after Councilman Jim Cleveland resigned saying he‘d rather leave office on his own terms than face voters in a recall election next month," the newspaper reported. "Both resignations follow an AJC investigation launched seven months ago into claims that an African American candidate for city administrator was sidetracked by Mayor Theresa Kenerly because of his race."

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Nine 2020 Democrats unite to demand DNC Chair Tom Perez scrap debate rules: report

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The Democratic National Committee is facing a revolt for the party's 2020 presidential candidates for its restrictive debate rules.

"Nine Democratic presidential candidates, including the party's front-runners, are urging the Democratic National Committee to toss out the current polling and fundraising rules used to determine who appears in televised debates and reopen the exchanges to better reflect the historic diversity of the current field. The candidates say the rules exclude diverse candidates in the field from participating," CBS News reported Saturday evening.

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