PNS Daily Newscast - March 16, 2018 

A fatal pedestrian bridge collapse in Miami. Also on our nationwide rundown: civil-rights groups seek to block ICE arrests at Courthouses; and a bipartisan effort to restore National Parks.

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Will Willis served for many years as a volunteer firefighter, and then worked for the Asheville Fire Department before developing a rare form of cancer believed to be related to his exposure to synthetic materials in burning buildings. (Willis family)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – A 34-year old Asheville man is believed to be another casualty in a growing trend among firefighters. Will Willis died in late February of a rare kidney cancer and doctors believe it's likely his years of fighting fires caused the illness. Cancer now is the leading cause

Charging stations like this one in Durham make it easier for drivers to keep on rolling in their electric vehicles. (NCDOTcommunications/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sales of electric vehicles are on the rise - up 38 percent in 2016 and another 32 percent last year. A new report by the Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center and the Frontier Group offered strategies for cities to meet the new demands for charging stations fo

North Carolina has a record number of insured children, but still has work to do when it comes to reducing poverty among them, according to a report card released today. (brazildiver/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Here's hoping your child is doing better in school than the state is when it comes to its children. North Carolina gets an F for child poverty in the Child Health Report Card released Wednesday. The analysis is based on data from the North Carolina Institute of Medicine (NC

North Carolina is now part of the Skillful State Network, which will help connect the state with more initiative for hands-on training of skills in need. (Fort George Public Affairs Office)

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina's unemployment rate is now higher than the national average, after climbing in December – but the state is joining 19 others in an innovative program to address the problem. The Tar Heel State was selected to be part of the Skillful State Network, which w

GenX is one chemical used in the past to manufacture the nonstick surface of Teflon. It is found in numerous products, including nonstick pans. (Thomas/flickr)

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The wheels of government are turning slowly for residents who count on the Cape Fear watershed for their drinking supply. This week, the General Assembly was unable to pass legislation that would have funded additional testing for GenX in the water supply. The chemical ha

Drones weighing more than a half a pound must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. (Peter Linehan/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The word “drone" used to mean a long, monotonous sound. But now it spurs images of flying machines, often with a camera attached. This 21st century technology is presenting a modern-day problem for everyone from airports to prisons. And this year, the state is hosting a

Employees from North Carolina businesses participate in projects for nonprofits on Earth Day with the coordination of Earthshare NC. (Earthshare NC)

RALEIGH, N.C. – It's hard to 'think green' in the mix of all the red and green this holiday, but that's exactly what dozens of North Carolina companies already are doing. Earth Day is four months away, and businesses are planning their community service projects with the help of an innovativ

Free help is available via phone or in person this week as the deadline to enroll in health coverage plans under the Affordable Care Act approaches at midnight on Friday. (Lidor/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- If you haven't already signed up for health coverage through and haven't secured insurance for 2018, time is running out. The deadline to sign up on the federal health exchange is midnight Friday. With the enrollment period six weeks shorter than it was in prior yea

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