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    PNS Weekend Update - May 23, 20150 

    In focus on our nationwide rundown: The U.S. Senate shoots down a comprise on domestic spying; a new survey finds a majority of voters in the Lone Star State oppose LGBT discrimination; and a safety mindset for boaters over this long Memorial Day weekend.

Public News Service - North Carolina

PHOTO: A recent oil spill along the California coast has North Carolina leaders and residents concerned about the potential for renewed offshore drilling along the eastern seaboard. Photo credit: MConnors/Morguefile.

KURE BEACH, N.C. - The cleanup is underway off the coast of Santa Barbara, California, after an underground pipeline ruptured earlier this week, leaking crude oil over at least four miles of coastline. While North Carolina's beaches are thousands of miles away, the Obama administration recently aut...Read More

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Photo: Duke Energy announced plans to retire Asheville's Lake Julian coal-fired power plant and build a natural gas and solar generation facility. Photo credit: Asheville Beyond Coal

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - In four-to-five years North Carolina will have one less coal-fired power plant. Duke Energy on Tuesday announced plans to retire Asheville's 376-megawatt coal plant. It's something the Beyond Coal campaign has sought for the last five years and senior representative Kelly Martin ...Read More

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GRAPHIC: The ACLU of North Carolina is releasing a mobile app to help citizens document interactions with police as they occur. Graphic courtesy: S. Carson.

DURHAM, N.C. - At a time when the manner in which police engage with citizens is being questioned and re-evaluated, North Carolinians can now use their smartphones to record and report interactions with law enforcement. A new app called Mobile Justice N.C. records videos and immediately transmits f...Read More

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PHOTO: A report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation underscores the importance of a family environment for foster children.

RALEIGH, N. C. – There are nearly 9,000 children in out-of-home placements in North Carolina, and 87 percent of them are placed in family settings. That figure is up from 74 percent in 2004, according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Laila Bell, director of research and dat...Read More

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PHOTO: Postal workers are rallying in North Carolina and across the nation today to demand better service for customers, less than a week before their union contract expires. Photo credit: dodgertonskillhause/

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina postal workers have more on their minds this morning than the heavy load of Monday mail. The American Postal Workers Union contract is set to expire this Wednesday. Postal worker Deborah Smith says it's a tough time for postal employees. "They are so stresse...Read More

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PHOTO: Summer vacation adventures on public lands could change dramatically if the push to turn federal lands over to state control succeeds, and there have been moves to do that in both the U.S. House and Senate. National forests in North Carolina are among the most-visited in the country. Photo of visitors at Nantahala National Forest courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Summer vacation adventures on public lands could change dramatically if the push to turn federal lands over to state control succeeds. Jamie Williams, president of The Wilderness Society, warns allowing state control would lock up lands for private development, and other parce...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: In a matter of weeks the U.S. Supreme Court will rule on the freedom to marry. Same-sex marriage advocates hope a ruling in their favor will bring a "national resolution" to the issue. Photo credit: Emily Roesly/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Supreme Court is expected to rule on the freedom to marry in June, and while same-sex couples in North Carolina now receive recognition at the state and federal level, some of their peers in neighboring states do not. Evan Wolfson, president of Freedom to Marry, says with 62 per...Read More

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Photo: The discussion begins on how North Carolina should spend its $400 million surplus. Photo credit: cohdra/

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina coffers are flush with cash at the end of this budget cycle - $400 million, to be exact. The surplus is due largely to a decrease in state tax credits available to individuals. While Gov. Pat McCrory and other lawmakers already are discussing how to spend the money, A...Read More

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