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PHOTO: Warming surface temperatures associated with climate change are one factor in the rising population of jellyfish at Florida beaches, according to a National Wildlife Federation report. Photo courtesy: NOAA

NEW SMYRNA BEACH, Fla. - This Labor Day weekend, thousands of Floridians and visitors may feel more than just the sting of a sunburn. Jellyfish are hanging around beaches, with at least 400 people stung last weekend alone. While the toxin-tentacled animal has long been a part of beach-life, "jellyfi ...Read More

PHOTO: UNC research found that proximity to care impacts publicly insured patient's ability to continue cancer treatment. Photo courtesy National Cancer Institute

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The quality of cancer care you receive in North Carolina could depend on where you live. That's the conclusion of two studies recently published in the North Carolina Medical Journal. Stephanie Wheeler, assistant professor in health policy and management at the Gillings School o ...Read More

PHOTO: The IRS isn't necessarily on people's minds as they head back to school. But experts recommend keeping a careful record of education expenses for those who qualify for an education-related tax credit. Photo credit: Florida State University

TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Thousands of Floridians are heading back to school this fall, spending millions of dollars on advanced education. In addition to the student loans and grants available, Uncle Sam also has programs to offer relief in the form of tax credits. "There's a couple tax credits that you ...Read More

PHOTO: It would permanently protect some 20,000 acres of Cherokee National Forest, and supporters of the Tennessee Wilderness Act are hoping passage by Congress will come yet this year. Photo credit: Mark Doliner/Flickr.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Congress returns to session next month, and while not much may get done pre-election, there could be movement afterwards on several bills including one that supporters in Tennessee have been trying to get passed for years. There's a chance that the Tennessee Wilderness Act could ...Read More

PHOTO: The 19th Amendment gave women the right to vote 94 years ago this week. Now the anniversary of the amendment's signing marks Women's Equality Day nationwide. Photo courtesy of the Library of Congress.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Today marks the 94th anniversary of the signing of the 19th Amendment, which granted women the right to vote. Events are planned in cities across the state, including Charlotte and Raleigh, to commemorate the day. Women's groups are also using the anniversary as an opportunity to ta ...Read More

PHOTO: It's been six months since Charleston water was declared safe to drink, but efforts to make the water system safer are largely incomplete. Photo by Dan Heyman.

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - It's been more than six months since Charleston tap water was declared drinkable. But is our water system any safer now? The Freedom chemical spill spun off investigations and reform efforts; most remain incomplete. A gridlocked Congress has failed to update the Toxic Substan ...Read More

PHOTO: Parents who had planned to send their children to private schools using North Carolina's Opportunity Scholarship vouchers are in limbo after Thursday's Wake County Superior Court ruling that the program is unconstitutional. Photo credit: Chris Potter

RALEIGH, N.C. - A Wake County judge on Thursday ruled against the state's new school voucher program, immediately ending the transfer of millions of public-education dollars to fund private schools. The judge found fault with the "Opportunity Scholarship Program," set to begin this school year. Chr ...Read More

PHOTO: The landmark legislation that has protected thousands of acres of wild lands in Tennessee and millions nationwide will soon celebrate its 50th anniversary. The Wilderness Act was signed on Sept. 3, 1964. Photo credit: Laura Hodge

NASHVILLE, Tenn. - Residents across the state are preparing to celebrate a historic anniversary - the 50th year of the Wilderness Act. The act was signed into law on Sept. 3, 1964, establishing the National Wilderness Preservation System "as a mechanism to have kind of a unified way of giving prote ...Read More

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