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PNS Daily News - June 28, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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Public News Service - NC: Disabilities

AccessTheVoteNC.org is a first-of-its-kind website to help people with a disability in North Carolina ensure their right to vote. (Disability Rights NC)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Three million votes are enough to affect the outcome of elections, including the presidential race - and that's the number of people nationwide who may find it difficult to vote because they live with a disability. That figure, from the American Association of People with Disabiliti

A blood smear of sickle cells that block the body's absorption of oxygen in the bloodstream. (VivCaruna/Flickr)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - At least 5,000 people in North Carolina live with sickle cell disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But new research from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill indicates not all those patients have access to educational materials tha

The Governor has included some additional funds to help people living with autism in North Carolina in his budget proposal. (tangle eye/morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. - While he continues to take heat for the controversial House Bill 2, Governor Pat McCrory is getting some praise this week for parts of his budget, which include additional spending to benefit people living with autism. This week, the governor announced an expansion of funds for Med

North Carolina's Medicaid program has 120 days to retrain employees to make personal-care services as equally accessible for people with disabilities living at home as those living in facilities. (xenia/Morguefile.com)

CARRBORO, N.C. - North Carolina's Medicaid program must change some of its policies after a federal district court approved a settlement in a class-action lawsuit. In the case, Pettigrew vs. Brajer, attorneys challenged the denials and terminations of Medicaid-funded personal-care services provided

Heroin addiction and consequent overdoses are on the rise in North Carolina and attributed in part to the reduced availability of black market pain medication. (L./Flickr)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Thousands of North Carolinians are addicted to prescription painkillers and, as new laws limit their prescription and availability, opioid addicts are turning to the street drug heroin to feed their addiction. Dr. Chris Flanders works in the emergency department at Mission Hospi

With a round of sweeping voting law changes, some civil rights advocates are calling North Carolina the

RALEIGH, N.C. - The full plate of voting-law changes are in effect for the upcoming March 15 primary in North Carolina. Among the changes is a requirement that voters have government-issued photo identification to cast ballots. Another law bans same-day voter registration and the counting of ballot

North Carolina's Child Health Report Card says the state has work to do when it come to offering parents access to health care. (Yooperann/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. - The health of North Carolina's children has the potential to impact the state for generations to come and this year the state is getting mixed reviews for it's efforts. NC Child issued its annual report card today tracking 40 areas of child health. While the state has seen impro

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

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