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PNS Daily News - September 26, 2017 


Today’s news focuses on several issues including: a third Republican opposing the latest Obamacare repeal effort; a look at the safety of personal information on this Voter Registration Day; and U.S. crime still historically low despite a recent rise.

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Public News Service - NC: Budget Policy & Priorities

North Carolina continues cleanup after 2016's Hurricane Matthew, while the federal government looks to cut funding for programs that would aid in mitigating a future disaster and putting proper infrastructure in place. (County of Dare/flickr)

LUMBERTON, N.C. – Hurricane Maria is expected to impact weather on the North Carolina coast at the top of next week, and the rainfall expected to follow will be another strain on already struggling communities. Some counties only now are receiving Federal Emergency Management Agency dollars

The current Medicaid system is creating a budget constraint on hospital systems, and a group of North Carolina systems have devised their own plan. (Hamza Butt/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- It's the first of its kind in the Tar Heel State. A coalition of 11 North Carolina health systems has submitted a proposal to the state to offer a provider-owned health plan for Medicaid beneficiaries. The plan, known as Provider-Led and Patient-Centered Care and Presbyterian Heal

The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy helped protect the Weaverville watershed that provides drinking water and a home to thousands of wildlife. (SAHC)

WEAVERVILLE, N.C. -- North Carolina's abundant water sources provide drinking water to thousands of people, but protecting the quality of that water starts on the land. That fact has guided a public/private partnership in one part of the state. The Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy recent

The union representing city workers in the state is asking municipalities to implement more extensive heat-mitigation policies. (Daniel R. Blume/flickr)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Hot summer temperatures are weighing heavily on people who make a living outdoors throughout the state. It's prompting the union representing city employees in Charlotte, Greensboro, Raleigh, Rocky Mount, Winston-Salem, Greenville, Chapel Hill and others to demand workplace

Waterway restoration to repair damage from Hurricane Matthew is moving ahead because of a public-private partnership. (Hurricane Matthew/flickr)

WARSAW, N.C. – It's been a little over 10 months since Hurricane Matthew ravaged parts of North Carolina causing flooding in river basins across the state. Although the water has receded, the cleanup continues and the state is partnering with the nonprofit group Resource Institute to restore

28 North Carolina teachers traveled to Germany as part of the Go Global NC initiative. (Go Global)

CLINTON, N.C. -- As school systems across North Carolina prepare to start a new year, teachers are returning refreshed and, in some cases, equipped with knowledge to better serve their classrooms. That's the case for 28 teachers from across the state who traveled to Germany this summer to understa

Just as North Carolina increases efforts to fight opioid abuse, Congress could take steps to reduce funding. (Innocent Coppieters/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Gov. Roy Cooper and his administration recently have initiated large-scale attempts to curb opioid abuse in North Carolina. The governor announced the state's new action plan to more closely regulate painkillers as part of last week's Opioid Misuse and Overdose Prevention Summit.

North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper is now deciding whether to sign the budget passed by the State Assembly. (Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – While the state waits to see if Gov. Roy Cooper will sign the budget sent to his desk from the State Assembly, public-interest groups with generally common goals find themselves on opposite sides of some issues. The budget includes a plan to raise the age that juvenile offend

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