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    PNS Weekend Update - October 10, 20150 

    Our news highlights a variety of topics including: a legal push to get the EPA to finally regulate oil and gas waste and NASA maps out its “Journey to Mars.”

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Previous bids to raise Florida's minimum wage have failed, but supporters of the measure are not giving up. Credit: DodgertonSkillhause/morguefile

MIAMI - Could you live on just $17 per day? After trying it for a week, some Florida lawmakers say no one should. State Sen. Dwight Bullard, D-Miami, was among those who completed the minimum-wage challenge, which simulates the struggles low-wage workers experience every day. The state's current mi ...Read More

The Family Resource Center at Emma leads groups, including Motheread, which teaches the importance of reading between a mother and child. Norma Duran Brown leads the class (right). Credit: Children First

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - As many people wait for the economic recovery to benefit them, communities across the state count on family resource centers to help support parents in the form of food-and-clothing access, parent education and after school care. Since public schools touch the lives of millions ...Read More

A legal push is underway to force the EPA to close a sizable loophole in the regulation of hazardous waste from oil and gas drilling. Credit: Bill Hughes/Earthworks.

CHARLESTON, W.Va. – The EPA has largely failed to regulate waste from oil and gas drilling, even though the agency admitted the hazardous nature of the waste decades ago. National and state-based groups are pushing for the agency to at last close the gap. Twenty-seven years ago, the EPA decla ...Read More

Doug Hundley, right, of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service visits Grassy Ridge, where an abandoned homestead farm was discovered. Courtesy: Doug Hundley

MORGANTON, N.C. - The saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" dates back to 1860, but the roots of some heirloom apples in North Carolina date back even further. Gary McCurry and his son own Fox Gap Farm in Burke County and are harvesting their first crop of organic, heirloom apples this year ...Read More

This week is Fire Prevention Week, and the state Fire Marshal's Office is working with local fire departments to distribute and install smoke detectors and remind people of the importance of changing the batteries in your smoke detector. Credit: kconnors/

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - In the past three years, the state Fire Marshal's Office and its partners have distributed 88,000 smoke detectors that officials say have saved the lives of 106 people. This weekend, the state is challenging 10 local fire departments to install at least 100 smoke alarms within a 2 ...Read More

October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and experts say if a friend or family member has suffered an infant loss, it's beneficial to them if you recognize the pain they may feel as a result of that loss. Credit: Lisa Runnels/Morguefile.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Thousands of Tennessee families lose a pregnancy or newborn child every year, and experts say the loss can devastate an entire family, particularly when they don't access help that is otherwise available. October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month, and Amy Moseley ...Read More

Legislation awaiting Gov. Pat McCrory's signature or veto could change the forms of ID that law enforcement are allowed to accept, and increase the number of arrests of people lacking identification, which police say is a bad use of resources. Credit: hallshadow/

RALEIGH, N.C. – There is growing pressure on Gov. Pat McCrory to veto legislation that would impact a variety of populations in the state, including immigrants and migrant workers. House Bill 318, which supporters call the Protect North Carolina Workers Act, would prevent local police from ...Read More

Nashville city leaders are considering solutions to their homeless problem, recently complicated by the closure of an unofficial homeless encampment at a city park. Credit: W. Connelly

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – There are more than 10,000 homeless people in Tennessee, and many live in the state's larger metropolitan areas such as Nashville. Recently, the city disbanded an unofficial homeless camp in a city park, but now leaders and members of the community are considering a unique ...Read More

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