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Treasury and IRS say economic impact checks for COVID-19 to begin in next three weeks. And states deal with collision of coronavirus and homelessness.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 


During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - NC: Health

North Carolina is home to more than 2,000 hog farm operations. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. – In a few weeks, pork companies will be able to inspect their own slaughterhouses, due to recent changes to U.S. Department of Agriculture hog slaughter inspection rules. The rule changes shift food safety protection tasks from government inspectors to the pork industry. Pat

Durham, N.C., resident Omisade Burney-Scott (right) with fellow death doula Vivette Jefferies-Logan. (Madeline Gray/YES! Media)

By Cynthia Greenlee Broadcast version by Nadia Ramlagan Reporting for the YES! Media-North Carolina News Service Collaboration Ivette Jeffries-Logan and Omisade Burney-Scott are friends for life – and collaborators in death. Three years ago when a mutual friend realized she wouldn’t su

Charlotte Crotts with her daughters, two of whom were born with rare congenital heart defects. (American Heart Assn. Mid-Atlantic Affiliate)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — One North Carolina mother has spent more than a decade rallying for heart research, after her two daughters were each born with rare heart defects. And this year she’ll be at it again. Fifteen years ago, when Charlotte Crotts’s daughter Caroline was born, do

The United States averages 68 primary-care physicians for every 100,000 residents in rural areas, compared with 84 per 100,000 urban residents, according to the American Academy of Family Physicians. (Adobe Stock)<br />

RALEIGH, N.C. – A hospital in Rockingham County is recruiting nurse practitioners to fill in health-care gaps created by a rural doctor shortage. When a hospital in Eden, a region with a population of around 15,000, had trouble finding a replacement for a recently retired orthopedic surgeon,

A planned six-lane loop highway construction project in the Raleigh area now will have to protect surrounding water and air quality and wildlife habitats as part of a recent settlement agreement. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. – A major highway project in Raleigh will have to incorporate environmental protections as part of a legal settlement between the North Carolina Department of Transportation and several environmental groups. Daniel Parkhurst, policy manager for Clean Air Carolina, one of the pl

Exposure to heat and hot environments puts workers at risk for heat stress, and can lead to severe illness and death. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. – New rules being considered by Congress could help protect workers from dangerous heat. Co-sponsored by North Carolina Rep. Alma Adams, D-Charlotte, the Asunción Valdivia Heat Illness and Fatality Prevention Act would require the Occupational Safety and Health Administrat

North Carolina is one of 14 states that has chosen not to expand its Medicaid program. (Adobe Stock)

DURHAM, N.C. — Memorial vigils were held across North Carolina last week to honor people who have suffered or died because they lacked health insurance. Creston resident Richard Horodyski said until last year, he hadn't seen a doctor in more than two decades. Horodyski has worked in construc

Wood pellets are a type of biofuel made from trees. In some European countries, pellets are used in large-scale power plants once fueled by coal. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Environmental groups in North Carolina have negotiated a settlement with Enviva, the world's largest manufacturer of wood pellet fuel for power plants. The company has agreed to install pollution-reducing equipment at a plant under construction in the town of Hamlet, east of

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