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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


The GOP leadership puts their efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the land and water conservation fund.

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Gov. Roy Coopers proposal includes a $24.5 billion plan for the fiscal year starting July 1. It covers school funding, job training, water-quality improvements and additional relief for communities affected by Hurricane Matthew. (Twenty20)

RALEIGH, N.C. - How will the state pay for Gov. Roy Cooper's proposal to increase teacher pay by 8 percent and funding for school safety and mental-health services? That's the question this week after the governor released his proposed budget amendments. Cooper's announcement came after a record nu

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 32 percent of North Carolina seniors live in poverty and regularly confront almost empty food pantries. (Jewel Lake-Parish/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday on the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, more commonly known as the Farm Bill. While the name might imply it will influence only the country's agriculture industry, the impact extends far beyond that. At stake in th

Educators marching on Wednesday would like to see increased funding for programs such as early childhood education, which researchers have proven makes a difference in a child's likelihood of success. (Twenty20)

RALEIGH, N.C. — At least 20 North Carolina school districts will be closed Wednesday to give teachers in those districts the chance to participate in the March for Students and Rally for Respect in Raleigh. North Carolina ranks 35th in the country in teacher pay, but Kristin Bellerose, a Wak

Systems such as the Lynx Blue Line light rail in Charlotte are transportation options for North Carolina as the population increases. (James Willamor/flickr)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – If you feel like there are more people living in your town, you're likely not imagining it. Two-thirds of the state saw growth between 2016 and 2017, according to the latest estimates released by the U.S. Census Bureau. Estimates show that as of last July, 10.3 million peop

Fifty years after the Kerner Commission, African-Americans still are finding a fraction of the economic potential of their white counterparts, according to new analysis. (TaxCredits.net/flickr)

RALEIGH, N. C. – It has been 50 years since the historic Kerner Commission found that discrimination against African-Americans had created barriers to their ability to be successful in civic life. The commission, formally known as the National Advisory Commission on Civil Disorders, was estab

North Carolina is now part of the Skillful State Network, which will help connect the state with more initiative for hands-on training of skills in need. (Fort George Public Affairs Office)

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina's unemployment rate is now higher than the national average, after climbing in December – but the state is joining 19 others in an innovative program to address the problem. The Tar Heel State was selected to be part of the Skillful State Network, which w

Interviews and surveys with North Carolina employers and employees found support and positive results when workplaces instituted family-friendly policies. (NCECF)

RALEIGH, N.C. — While federal and state laws lag behind, North Carolina's private sector already understands the benefits of creating family-friendly workplace policies. That is the finding of a report based on interviews with more than 300 employers and surveys of 300 employees. The researc

Many of the foods North Carolina families eat at Thanksgiving are harvested by migrant farmworkers. (Deb Nystrom/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The state of North Carolina is a defendant in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday challenging a state law that prevents farmworkers from organizing to protect their rights on the job. The case was filed by the ACLU of North Carolina and the Southern Poverty Law Center on behalf of t

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