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PNS Daily News - May 24, 2017 


We’re featuring stories from around the globe including: British officials search for answers in the wake of a deadly attack; the former head of the CIA weighs-in on the Russia probe; and proposed cuts in President Trump’s budget plan raise serious concerns.

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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

A majority of voters from both parties in North Carolina support a greater investment in early-childhood education. (preschoolprograms/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – While there's no shortage of policy issues North Carolina voters disagree on, there's at least one issue supported by a majority of both parties. A new poll commissioned by the First Five Years Fund with a bipartisan polling team found that 70 percent of Republicans and 92 perc

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