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    PNS Daily Newscast- Wednesday, May 4th, 20160 


    Here's what's making news today: A big shake up in the presidential race after Indiana's primary, parents may be over-medicating preschoolers who have ADHD, and millions more vehicles are joining a big recall.

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This week is PTA Teacher Appreciation Week in North Carolina, and caregivers are encouraged to support their child's teachers in the form of volunteering, lunches or even gift cards. (albyheadrick/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina teachers increasingly report they aren't feeling appreciated when it comes to their paychecks in the Tar Heel State. According to a documentary produced by WRAL-TV in Raleigh, teacher pay has dropped by 13 percent in the past 15 years, when adjusted for inflation. Whi ...Read More

The Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station in Hollywood, Ala., was never completed, and now the TVA this week at its board meeting is considering the sale of the land. (TVA)

BUCHANAN, Tenn. - The future of a 1,600-acre site on the Tennessee River could be decided this week. The Tennessee Valley Authority board of directors, at its meeting on Thursday, is expected to consider the possible sale of land originally allocated for the Bellefonte Nuclear Generating Station t ...Read More

Teachers such as Carol Bauer say they get joy from seeing their students get excited about learning. (York County Schools)

RICHMOND, Va. - For the best teachers, learning is an infectious joy. Ask award-winning teacher Carol Bauer how she inspires her fourth-grade class at Grafton Bethel Elementary School in York County, and she'll talk about what "we" do, not about what "I" do. "Good teachers care," Bauer has said, an ...Read More

Women in Florida and nationwide want lawmakers to know how they feel about issues like equal pay and paid leave. (cohdra/morguefile)

ORLANDO, Fla. - With national reports giving Florida a failing grade in terms of economic security for women, a forum was held last night in Orlando with the goal of getting women to raise their collective voices for change. Liz Shuler is the national secretary-treasurer of the AFL-CIO, and she ca ...Read More

There are plenty of great dogs available for adoption in shelters, but advocates say beware of online and so called backyard breeders. (Veronica Carter)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The idea of a new puppy in the family can sound like a great idea, but the Arkansas Attorney General's Office has a warning: Watch out for online breeders who promise a lot of things but don't follow through. These breeders have photos of adorable puppies and guarantee th ...Read More

The governor's line-item veto reduces how much lottery money will go to need-based college scholarships in Kentucky. (KCTCS)

FRANKFORT, Ky. – It's known as the "Powerball promise" in Kentucky – lottery money going to education, and state law requiring more than half of it to be used for need-based scholarships. But for years lawmakers have swept millions of dollars earmarked for the College Access Program (C ...Read More

Ridgefield Farm in Clay County, home of Brasstown Beef, is under an agricultural easement with the Mainspring Conservation Trust. (Mainspring)

BRASSTOWN, N.C. - Farmers' markets are in full swing across North Carolina, with tables full of locally-sourced produce, meats and crafts. In addition to water, sunshine and sweat equity to create the bounty of crops, land also is needed to meet the demand. That's what North Carolina's land trusts ...Read More

Marshall University counseling professor Carol Smith says new research about how trauma can change the brain shows a lot of practical promise. (Dan Heyman)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - A new understanding of how trauma changes the brain shows promise of helping with crime, education, health care, even parenting. Marshall University professor of counseling Carol Smith says traumatic injuries can be emotional or physical. She says the bad news is they can cha ...Read More

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