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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - NC: Consumer

More than 3 million registered nurses make up the largest licensed health profession in the nation. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Nurses practice the most trusted profession, according to a new Gallup poll. The majority of Americans rank nurses' honesty and ethical standards as "very high" or "high." Only 12% say the same for members of Congress. Nurses often spend the most time with patients, listening

Wetlands are critical to North Carolina's coastal ecosystems. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's mountains and coasts are teeming with biodiversity that conservationists say is under threat from global warming. As ecosystems adapt to a changing climate, it's becoming harder to predict which species will survive and which won't. Mark Anderson, director of co

The North Carolina Department of Commerce projects around 380,000 new jobs will be added to the state by 2026. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Unemployment rates decreased in 92 of North Carolina's 100 counties last November, according to data released this month by the state Department of Commerce. Overall, since November 2018, the number of employed North Carolina residents has increased by more than 120,000 people.

More than one in four adults ages 20-64 have untreated dental cavities, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

CARY, N.C. -- The State Board of Dental Examiners on Thursday is expected to approve a new rule that would loosen restrictions on dental hygienists, allowing them to deliver preventive care to patients without a dentist's oversight. Supporters of the change -- including the director of the North C

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 is the federal law that bans discrimination in renting or selling housing. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development is accepting public comments on its proposal to change a rule related to fair housing. The change, which redefines a policy known as "Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing," would remove certain requirements put in place in 2015 t

William B. Umstead State Park spans nearly 6,000 acres across the cities of Raleigh, Cary and Durham. (Wikimedia Commons)

RALEIGH, N.C. – A local group opposed to the construction of a rock quarry adjacent to Umstead State Park in Wake County is appealing a Superior Court's decision. The judge ruled that the Raleigh-Durham Airport Authority was within its bounds to grant Wake Stone Corp. rights to mine on airpo

Cathey's Creek in Brevard is the city's main source of drinking water. (Resource Institute)

BREVARD, N.C. – The city of Brevard has received $1 million from the state to undertake a stream restoration project aimed at preventing the city’s water treatment plant from being damaged by high levels of sediment. Brevard City Manager Jim Fatland says the city takes 1 million gallon

Americans throw away 25% more trash during the holiday season, which amounts to 25 million more tons of garbage that end up in landfills, according to research by Stanford University. (Adobe Stock)  <br />

RALEIGH, N.C. – If you're unsure what to do with paper and plastic waste from holiday purchases, environmental advocates warn that North Carolina is moving backward when it comes to recycling. According to a new report, in 2017 the state landfilled more than nine million tons of waste. Jea

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