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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - NC: Disabilities

More than 30 years ago, the North Carolina Persons with Disabilities Protection Act became law. It says people with disabilities should have the opportunity to live independently. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina isn't offering enough community-based supports for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities who want to live independently, according to a new court ruling. It says the state's Department of Health and Human Services violated the law by placing people

According to a report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation, foster families are more likely to maintain relationships with their foster child as they grow into adulthood. (trobi017/Twenty20)

SALISBURY, N. C. – North Carolina's foster-care population has been on a steady rise since 2014, with 11,000 children in the system, and a new report says nurturing family members could make the difference. Data from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows that over the past decade, North Carolin

People enjoy access at Tumbling Rock Reservoir in Mount Airy, where they are able to fish and enjoy other activities, regardless of their level of mobility. (City of Mt. Airy)

MOUNT AIRY, N. C. – Taking a hike on a trail or casting a line into a creek is something many people take for granted, but it's a luxury for thousands in the state who live with a disability. Thanks to state and federal funding, that's changing in many parts of North Carolina, as the state wor

AccessTheVoteNC.org is a first-of-its-kind website to help people with a disability in North Carolina ensure their right to vote. (Disability Rights NC)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Three million votes are enough to affect the outcome of elections, including the presidential race - and that's the number of people nationwide who may find it difficult to vote because they live with a disability. That figure, from the American Association of People with Disabiliti

A blood smear of sickle cells that block the body's absorption of oxygen in the bloodstream. (VivCaruna/Flickr)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - At least 5,000 people in North Carolina live with sickle cell disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But new research from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill indicates not all those patients have access to educational materials tha

The Governor has included some additional funds to help people living with autism in North Carolina in his budget proposal. (tangle eye/morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. - While he continues to take heat for the controversial House Bill 2, Governor Pat McCrory is getting some praise this week for parts of his budget, which include additional spending to benefit people living with autism. This week, the governor announced an expansion of funds for Med

North Carolina's Medicaid program has 120 days to retrain employees to make personal-care services as equally accessible for people with disabilities living at home as those living in facilities. (xenia/Morguefile.com)

CARRBORO, N.C. - North Carolina's Medicaid program must change some of its policies after a federal district court approved a settlement in a class-action lawsuit. In the case, Pettigrew vs. Brajer, attorneys challenged the denials and terminations of Medicaid-funded personal-care services provided

Heroin addiction and consequent overdoses are on the rise in North Carolina and attributed in part to the reduced availability of black market pain medication. (L./Flickr)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Thousands of North Carolinians are addicted to prescription painkillers and, as new laws limit their prescription and availability, opioid addicts are turning to the street drug heroin to feed their addiction. Dr. Chris Flanders works in the emergency department at Mission Hospi

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