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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - NC: Climate Change/Air Quality

North Carolina's Neuse River at one of the Highway 581 crossings in Goldsboro, where the water level was already high before Hurricane Florence hit. (Robert Tucker/Flickr)

NEW BERN, N.C. — Communities in eastern North Carolina have a long road to recovery after Hurricane Florence. And scientific research indicates weather events like this weekend's intense rainfall are becoming more common, in part because of climate change - but there's a data gap in the resear

Methyl bromide reduces the spread of invasive pests when logs are exported, but it comes at a cost to the health of residents and the ozone layer. (Anna L Martin/Flickr)

DELCO, N.C. – A public outcry has resulted in a potential shift in state regulation of a chemical that many scientists say is a danger to public health and the ozone layer. Methyl bromide is used in logging operations in North Carolina to fumigate wood before it's exported. Few citizens in t

A Wake County court could decide whether ballot measures to change the North Carolina constitution are allowed on the November ballot today. (Patrick Feller/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – A Wake County Superior Court will hear a request Tuesday from Clean Air Carolina, Forward Justice and the North Carolina NAACP to prevent the state Legislature from placing four constitutional amendments on the November ballot. The Southern Environmental Law Center is represe

Environmental groups don't expect the departure of Scott Pruitt to dissuade the EPA from enacting rules limiting the consideration of some scientific studies and historical data when creating policies. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The departure of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt comes at a time when the agency is trying to implement a controversial rule. Opponents say it could reduce the amount of scientific data that is considered when drafting environmental regulations. The Stren

Communities such as Manteo see flooding even during less significant storm events, such as last month's Nor'easter. (The Nature Conservancy)

NAGS HEAD, N.C. – As the Trump administration looks at plans to overhaul the National Flood Insurance Program, many of North Carolina's coastal communities say the latest Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) flood maps will have them knee-deep in trouble when the next significant storm h

The NC BREATHE Conference aims to reduce the number of Code Orange days, like this one last summer in Charlotte, where air quality is dangerous for sensitive groups. (Clean Air Carolina)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – North Carolina has come a long way in improving air quality in recent decades, but is it far enough? Recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds even short-term exposure to air pollution below current standards can lead to prematur

The Collider in Asheville, a nonprofit dedicated to innovative climate solutions, will host the first ClimateCon in March. (The Collider)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – There's ComicCon and CiderCon ... and now there's ClimateCon – coming to North Carolina, where business leaders and climate scientists will converge later this month. The state – specifically Asheville – is home to the world's largest collection of climate

Many pieces of construction equipment and vehicles produce high emissions, but starting in January, two hospital systems in Charlotte will implement policies to limit their pollution. (Mahmoud Hashemi/flickr)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Two major hospital systems in the state are taking steps to make sure their communities and patients breathe easier on their campuses. Beginning January 1, Carolinas HealthCare System and Novant Health will require any construction equipment on site to use the lowest exhaust-emi

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