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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Great Smoky Mountains National Park is the most visited in the nation, by more people than the Grand Canyon and Yellowstone combined. (Steve Harwood/Flickr)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - More than 35 hunting, fishing and outdoor groups today sent a letter to the members of North Carolina's congressional delegation calling on them to defend public lands in the state and the rest of the country. The demand from organizations representing more than 100,000 stakeholde

For the 10th year, a bill is before the State Assembly that would create a paid sick leave policy for private employers in the state. (Claus Rebler/flickr.com)

DURHAM, N.C. – For the past 10 years, various lawmakers have introduced legislation that would create a paid sick days policy for North Carolina workers. The Healthy Families and Workplaces Paid Sick Days Act has never seen a vote over the last decade in the State General Assembly, despite t

Hundreds gathered at the Charlotte March for Science, as scientists look for ways to engage with their community and participate in policy discussions. (Clean Air Carolina)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Scientists across North Carolina are presumably back in the lab today after trading in their beakers and pipets for posters and megaphones on Saturday. The March for Science was held this weekend in eight North Carolina cities and hundreds of others around the world. But organiz

The proposal to reduce funding for Medicaid being discussed today in Congress could greatly impact the availability of health care for North Carolina. (UW Health)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- According to the most recent data from NC Child, 96 percent of children in North Carolina have health insurance. But their access to care is uncertain as the U.S. House votes Thursday on a bill that would repeal the Affordable Care Act and greatly reduce funding for Medicaid. The

Nina Quaratella serves with the NC Coastal Federation as the Coastal Community Engagement Specialist. (Conservation Trust for North Carolina)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Every day, 1,400 AmeriCorps service members assist in environmental cleanup, preservation, health education and other community needs in North Carolina. But that assistance would end if President Trump's budget is passed as is. The administration wants to eliminate funding for doz

Gov. Roy Cooper has proposed a pay increase for all teachers in North Carolina public schools. (401k/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Gov. Roy Cooper's plan to raise teacher pay by 10 percent in the next two years is projected to have an almost immediate impact on the state's ability to retain teachers. That's the prediction by the state's largest teacher group, the North Carolina Association of Educators.

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

North Carolina lawmakers will convene today for a special lame-duck session. (Bill Dickinson/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Today, North Carolina lawmakers are taking a break from their own holiday, purportedly to vote on relief for people affected by Hurricane Matthew. However, legally the state Assembly can vote on any measure while in session – and many are concerned Republican leadership m

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