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    PNS Weekend Update - February 28, 20150 

    Featured on our weekend rundown; One week – that’s the stopgap funding for Homeland Security approved by Congress Friday night; we will take you to a state where support is strong for paid sick leave—and another that just tallied lawmakers environmental report cards.

Public News Service - North Carolina

Photo: Without federal safety net programs, a report released Wednesday by the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows poverty rates in North Carolina would more than double. Photo courtesy:

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina has numerous programs that aim to improve the lives of children and their families living in poverty, but how do you quantify the difference the programs make? A report released today by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. "Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United St...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: Gas prices may be low at the moment, but a new survey shows drivers don't believe prices will stay low, and that car buyers want their next car or truck to get better gas mileage. Photo credit: Dvortygirl/Flickr.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Gas prices are on the rise in North Carolina, up between 10 and 15 cents over the last two weeks. While prices at the pump are still low compared to recent history, a survey by the Consumer Federation of America (CFA) indicates drivers want their next car or truck to get better gas ...Read More

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PHOTO: The massive Dan River coal ash spill left remnants of the toxic substance on the riverbank. Duke Energy is being charged with violating the Clean Water Act for this and other water pollution from its coal ash ponds. Photo courtesy of Catawba Riverkeeper.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Late Friday, federal prosecutors filed nine criminal charges against Duke Energy for the pollution caused by the company's coal ash slurry ponds and subsequent violations of the Clean Water Act. The charges include power plants in Asheville, Charlotte, Goldsboro, Chatham County ...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: Winter colds can be especially miserable, but medical experts caution to watch the acetaminophen content in cold medicines, as too much can cause liver damage. Photo credit:

HICKORY, N.C. – Cold season is far from over and will soon be complicated by spring allergy season. Doctors say most adults in North Carolina will sneeze and sniffle through up to three colds every year, and experts say there are some things to keep in mind before heading to the drugstore fo...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: Companies such as Cape Fear River Adventures count on the health of the North Carolina coast and are concerned about the possibility of offshore drilling. Photo credit: Cape Fear River Adventures

WILMINGTON, N.C. - With its 300 miles of coastline, North Carolina has a lot at stake when it comes to the health of the Atlantic. It's why government, environment and business leaders are joining together to voice their concerns over the Obama administration's recent announcement that it would open...Read More

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PHOTO: The North Carolina Justice Center says 60 percent of projects funded by the Job Development Investment Grant (J-DIG) Program have failed to deliver the jobs they promised. Photo credit: Innov8Social/Flickr.

RALEIGH, N.C. - A bill is expected in the State Assembly as early as this week for a new jobs plan at the urging of Governor Pat McCrory. However, the bill comes on the heels of a new report from the North Carolina Justice Center that indicates 60 percent of job projects under the Job Development I...Read More

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Photo: The IRS is warning North Carolinians of tax-related scammers who attempt to obtain their personal information. Photo credit:

RALEIGH, N.C. - Tax season is under way, with 1099s and W-2s already in mailboxes and the Internal Revenue Service has also issued its annual list of the most common scams, called "The Dirty Dozen." At the top of the list is identity theft, followed by potential tax swindles pitched by phone and ema...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: A Duke sociologist found in her research that socioeconomic status in childhood impacts decisions later in life, even when that person marries someone who grew up with more financial resources. Photo credit: Fabrice Lambert/Wikimedia Commons.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Your compatibility with your partner may come down to dollars and cents, according to the research of a Duke University professor. Sociologist Jessi Streib studied couples in which each partner grew up in a different socio-economic class and found that even if you "marry up," yo...Read More

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