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PNS Daily Newscast - September 24, 2020 


President Trump refuses to commit to a peaceful transfer of power post election; and COVID vaccine #4 needs volunteers.


2020Talks - September 24, 2020 


A new report highlights importance of keeping guns away from the polls; and Florida wants an investigation of a fund to help pay returning citizens' court fees and fines so they can vote.

Public News Service - NC: Education

Nationwide, the teacher shortage is expected to worsen within the next five years, especially in subjects such as mathematics, science and special education, according to a report by the Economic Policy Institute. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina teachers want to see their pay increase, and they are gathering in Raleigh today to demand lawmakers take action before the General Assembly adjourns this year. Mark Jewell is an elementary school teacher in Greensboro and president of the North Carolina Association

By age eight, a child's reading skills can predict future academic and career success. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Education leaders recently gathered in Raleigh to discuss how to help North Carolina's children reach grade-level reading by third grade. Research has shown by the time children are 8 years old, their reading skills can predict future academic achievement. Mary Jones is princ

An aerial view of the new outdoor play space at Combs Elementary in Wake County, N.C. (Will Saunders/Old North Creative)

RALEIGH, N.C. — School administrators at one Wake County elementary school have teamed up with the American Heart Association, the Look for the Good Project and the Online Physical Education Network to transform a little-used blacktop into a brightly colored outdoor learning and play space des

Students and staff of Heritage Collegiate Leadership Academy, a charter school in Windsor. The school closed its doors in 2016. (Kashi Bazemore)

RALEIGH, N.C. – A faith group hopes to get people talking about the importance of public schools, as some counties continue to see a rise in charter-school openings and drop in public-school enrollment. The North Carolina Council of Churches is launching a series of public discussions across

Nearly 3-in-4 school districts in North Carolina reported between 5% and 15% of their elementary-school students as chronically absent during the 2015-2016 school year. (Adobe Stock).

RALEIGH, N.C. — A new survey of more than 1,500 preschool, Head Start, and elementary-school staff and parents finds North Carolina school districts could be doing more to help their students get to school every day. Nearly 1-in-8 young children misses more than 15 days of school every year, a

About 44 million Americans collectively owe more than $1.5 trillion in student loan debt. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Student loan debt among North Carolina residents has ballooned in the past decade, according to the latest report from the Center for Responsible Lending. Between 2008 and 2018, North Carolinians' outstanding federal and private student loan debts increased by 286%, from $15.

Chemical production is the top manufacturing industry in North Carolina. (littlewolf1989/Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Manufacturing looks different in North Carolina today than it did in the past, according to a new report from the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce. In the second half of the 20th century, manufacturing expanded into the Southeast from the Midwest. A

Lead pipes and faucets can contaminate drinking water in schools. (@wdnesday/Twenty20)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Researchers have found elevated levels of lead in the drinking water of schools in Charlotte. Lead is highly toxic and impairs neurological function, especially in children. The report, conducted by researchers at the Environment America Research and Policy Center, found that 41 ou

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