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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2018 


Efforts continue to quell the backlash over President Donald Trump’s changing statements on the Russia summit. Also on the Thursday rundown: protestors are out for Mike Pence’s visit to Missouri; and nobody wants to go, but one option is green burials.

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Public News Service - NC: Health Issues

While it is unregulated by the EPA, there are concerns about human exposure to the chemical GenX and the fact it does not break down in the environment. (Vinoth Chandar/Flickr)

WILMINGTON, N.C. – This week, North Carolina lawmakers consider identical bills in House and Senate that would change the way the Department of Environmental Quality takes action on pollutants. Instead of its current model of enforcement, the governor would have to issue an administrative or

Fewer American parents are opting to circumcise their baby boys. The medical practice isn't as common in other Western countries. (Janelle/flickr)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — It's a medical procedure performed on more than half of American males, but there is a growing feeling among some that circumcision serves no valid medical purpose and may actually jeopardize male sexuality. This month the group Bloodstained Men & Their Friends is touring

The North Carolina prison system will no longer shackle pregnant women who go into labor behind bars. (Yada Liao/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. - When a woman in prison in North Carolina goes into labor, she will no longer have to be shackled. It's a policy shift that comes after advocacy groups voiced concerns about what they called an inhumane practice that endangers the safety of both mother and baby. While women's and civ

North Carolina House lawmakers meet in the first School Safety Committee meeting today, as the country's students continue to call for change. (VCU CNS/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Just days before students and other activists participate in the March for Our Lives this Saturday, a shooting at a Maryland high school is fanning more flames of change. And today, the North Carolina state House is having the first meeting of its School Safety Committee. Amo

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

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

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

Improving the health of North Carolina's newborns starts with focusing on the health of the mother in the years before she gives birth, according to a report released Wednesday by NC Child. (Mac's Photo Site/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – In the 21st century, with modern technology and resources, having a healthy pregnancy and a baby in North Carolina isn't something families can take for granted, according to a new report released Wednesday by NC Child. The study cites North Carolina's 2016 ranking of 39th in

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