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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2019 


Signs that the Mueller Trump/Russia probe could wrap up in the next week. Also on our Thursday rundown: A death penalty repeal likely to pass in New England. Plus, cancer survivors rally for tougher smoking laws in Tennessee.

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Public News Service - NC: Mental Health

The federal Strengthening Families Act helps normalize the lives of children in the foster care system. Credit: taylorschlades/morguefile

WINSTON-SALEM, N. C. – The holidays may be a little easier for at least some of the 10,000 children in North Carolina's foster care system. The federal Strengthening Families Act, signed into law last year, requires states to make changes to help normalize the lives of children in the system.

Inmates at the Buncombe County Detention Facility practice yoga in a pilot program. Credit: Buncombe County Detention Facility

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - A dozen or more people sitting on mats and practicing deep breathing exercises is not what you'd expect to see at a detention facility, but it's happening in at least one in North Carolina - with positive results. The Buncombe County Detention Facility has embarked on a pilot prog

Six North Carolina counties will have have increased access to mental health training and treatment for probationers. Credit: hotblackmorguefile.com

RALEIGH, N.C. – According to a report by the Urban Institute, more than half of North Carolina's prisoners have a mental health problem. To help address those issues, six counties are expanding mental health services for probationers with almost $700,000 in federal money. Lao Rupert, direc

Experts say bullying affects the dynamic of the classroom. Credit: Jody Durham/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Schools are often "ground zero" for bullying, with national data showing about one-in-five students between the ages of 12 and 18 reporting being bullied at school. North Carolina districts are working to address the problem during National Bullying Prevention Month. Christel

The Family Resource Center at Emma leads groups, including Motheread, which teaches the importance of reading between a mother and child. Norma Duran Brown leads the class (right). Credit: Children First/Communities in Schools

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - As many people wait for the economic recovery to benefit them, communities across the state count on family resource centers to help support parents in the form of food-and-clothing access, parent education and after school care. Since public schools touch the lives of millions

PHOTO: North Carolina is pulling all branches of government together to find solutions to handling the state's population with mental illness and addiction issues. Photo credit: Penywise/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Mental health advocates are calling the Mental Health and Substance Use Task Force announced by Governor Pat McCrory "unprecedented." The Task Force aims to bring together all three branches of government to work together on issues related to mental health and addiction. Jack

PHOTO: North Carolina's Henry Lee McCollum is noted in the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a death penalty execution drug case. The lengthy nature of death penalty cases is credited with saving McCollum's life. DNA technology, not available when he was convicted, proved his innocence 30 years later. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

DURHAM, N.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the use of midazolam in death penalty executions may not affect North Carolina directly, but the state's Henry Lee McCollum case was noted in the court's opinion. McCollum walked free after DNA evidence cleared him of a crime he had spe

PHOTO: A Duke sociologist found in her research that socioeconomic status in childhood impacts decisions later in life, even when that person marries someone who grew up with more financial resources. Photo credit: Fabrice Lambert/Wikimedia Commons.

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Your compatibility with your partner may come down to dollars and cents, according to the research of a Duke University professor. Sociologist Jessi Streib studied couples in which each partner grew up in a different socio-economic class and found that even if you "marry up," yo

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