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    PNS Daily News - July 1, 20160 


    Turkish officials say the suicide bombers who hit the Istanbul airport were Islamic State terrorists of Russian descent, the Pentagon drops its ban on transgendered people in the military, and if you’re planning to celebrate the Fourth with fireworks, we have some tips on how to stay safe.

Public News Service - North Carolina

View of the 2014 Dan River coal-ash spill from the Duke Power Plan in Eden, a site that is still in need of cleanup. (Environment North Carolina)

RALEIGH, N.C. - After promises from Duke Energy and North Carolina's government that the coal-ash ponds in the state would be cleaned up and excavated, the state Senate is pushing ahead with legislation (HB 630) that would offer the power company a cheaper alternative. After its approval by the Sena...Read More

Public News Service - NC

North Carolinians can expect to vote in the same precinct in November that they did in the June primary. (Morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Amid the flurry of decisions handed down by the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday came news that the court will consider whether North Carolina's 2011 congressional redistricting plan violated the Constitution by relying too heavily on race in drawing the new districts. The case won't b...Read More

Public News Service - NC

Current North Carolina law allows for a small concentration of PFOA, a suspected carcinogen found in some public drinking water.(Morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – In the wake of a major overhaul of the federal Toxic Substances Control Act, the Environmental Protection Agency is being urged to act on a chemical found in several North Carolina water systems. The Environmental Working Group is urging the EPA to address PFOA (perfluoroocta...Read More

Public News Service - NC

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision in Fisher vs. University of Texas in Austin, a case where the university's admissions policy, which includes race as a factor, is being challenged. (morguefile.com)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The future of affirmative action policies at North Carolina's universities could be determined by a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. As early as this week, the court is expected to rule on a case challenging the admission policy at the University of Texas in Austin (Fisher v. ...Read More

Public News Service - NC

A federal appeals court hears oral arguments in the ongoing case against North Carolina's controversial voting law changes, put in place in 2013. (morguefile)

RALEIGH, N. C. – A federal appeals court hears oral arguments today on the issue of North Carolina's 2013 Election Reform Law, which opponents say violates the Voting Rights Act and U.S. Constitution. The law requires photo identification at the polls and puts in place early voting restrictio...Read More

Public News Service - NC

Although there is help available, social stigma continues to discourage people from seeking mental help. (aaayyymm eeelectriik/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Concern over what others might think is the major roadblock for the estimated 335,000 people in North Carolina who could be in need of mental-health help. New research measured how 370 college students responded when given the opportunity to learn more online about mental health s...Read More

Public News Service - NC

This weekend places of worship across North Carolina are invited to include a discussion of gun violence in their services. (morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Last weekend's historic massacre at an Orlando nightclub has brought the issue of gun safety once again to the national stage. And this weekend you may hear a message on the topic from the pulpit at your place of worship. Places of faith are participating in the event, "Stand Up Sabb...Read More

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The green swirls of water seen here in the Chowan River are an example of the impact of too much nutrients that can occur in North Carolina waters. (Heather Deck, Pamlico-Tar River Foundation)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Agriculture is big business in North Carolina, and while the farms across the state add to the economy and resources, the waste generated in the form of animal waste and fertilizer runoff has the potential to impact the state's water quality. For the past 20 years, regulati...Read More

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