PNS Daily Newscast - March 22, 2018 

New research finds stiffer prison terms do not deter drug use. Also on our nationwide rundown: We take you to a state where 4 in 10 adults have guns; and “ghost” fishing gear is killing whales and seals in oceans.

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Archive: January 12, 2018

GenX is one chemical used in the past to manufacture the nonstick surface of Teflon. It is found in numerous products, including nonstick pans. (Thomas/flickr)

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The wheels of government are turning slowly for residents who count on the Cape Fear watershed for their drinking supply. This week, the General Assembly was unable to pass legislation that would have funded additional testing for GenX in the water supply. The chemical ha ...Read More

A neighborhood's walkability score can be an indicator of the health of its community members' hearts. (Don Graham/Flickr)

SIOUX FALLS, S. D. – New research has found where people live has a strong influence on the health of their hearts. The study, published in the journal Circulation: Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes, found higher rates of heart failure in more deprived neighborhoods. The study goes further ...Read More

Even low levels of three commonly-used pesticides can cause abnormal development of salmon. (William M. Ciesla/USDA Forest Service)

SEATTLE – A trio of widely-used pesticides threatens Northwest salmon and the orca that rely on them, even with these species on the brink of extinction. That's according to a biological opinion from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's fisheries office that the environmenta ...Read More

Education suffers when quality substitute teachers can't be found. (Rockford Public Schools)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A teacher shortage continues to plague Illinois, especially its southern counties. A new survey by the Illinois Association of Regional Superintendents of Schools finds nearly 80 percent of districts have fewer teachers than they need. The group's president, Mark Jontry, ...Read More

Young Tennesseans are joining others around the world to engage in community service online. (

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – A growing number of Tennessee young people are finding community-service opportunities online. is one portal that offers projects focusing on everything from hunger and violence to discrimination. Historically, the organization found its home in traditional ...Read More

The groups ISAIAH and Faith in Minnesota want to engage more people of color in 2018 statewide political campaigns. (Brian Fullman)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The day before the holiday honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is the perfect time to get organized for the upcoming political season, according to the nonprofit groups ISAIAH and Faith in Minnesota. ISAIAH community organizer Brian Fullman says the goal is to get people mo ...Read More


SALT LAKE CITY – Proponents of a new statewide ballot initiative are in the signature-collecting phase, and say they hope to bring local control to the health care debate. The "Utah Decides Healthcare" proposal would expand Medicaid coverage to individuals and families in Utah with incomes be ...Read More

Boise is partnering with a Salt Lake City company to turn some hard-to-recycle plastics into diesel. (Sustainable Initiatives Fund Trust/Flickr)

BOISE, Idaho – Boise has found a new destination for some plastics after China announced it will no longer accept certain recyclables. China has been a major market for western U.S. cities' recycling material, and its announcement has put many in a tough spot. Starting this spring, Boise is ...Read More

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