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PNS Daily Newscast - Monday, Aug 21st, 2017 


Here are some of the stories we're covering today: big protest planned against President Trump today,a huge gathering in Maine on Sunday mourning the loss of three people killed during a white nationalist rally and it's eclipse day but a moon of a different sort caught the country's attention about twenty five years ago.

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Public News Service - NC: Mental Health

North Carolina's rate of suicide among people in jails and prisons exceeds the national average, according to a report from Disability Rights North Carolina. (disastrous/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Almost half of the deaths in North Carolina jails over the last four years have been suicides. That's the finding of a new report by Disability Rights North Carolina that lists suicide as the leading cause of death behind bars in the Tar Heel State. At 46 percent, the suicide

Case workers and police report reduced instances of reporting domestic violence and abuse in immigrant communities, linking it to the current political climate. (Metropolico.org/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – One in three Latinas has experienced domestic violence, according to the National Latina Network, and now many of them face a new barrier to seeking help. There are reports of increased reluctance among undocumented immigrants in North Carolina and the rest of the country to r

Experts fear repealing the Affordable Care Act could reduce access to mental-health care for those who need it. (Mecklenburg County/Flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – While the Affordable Care Act hangs in limbo, one sector of the population stands to be significantly impacted. Over the last eight years, access to mental-health care for those who need it has increased, through the availability of policies and safeguards to ensure access to t

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

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

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

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