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PNS Daily Newscast - October 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - NC: Toxics

The waste created by coal-burning power plants, coal ash contains heavy metals and other toxic compounds. (Facing South)

PITTSBORO, N.C. – Duke Energy continues to look for a home for the millions of tons of coal ash generated by its coal-fired power plants, and part of their solution lies in abandoned slate and clay mines that dot the state map. On Monday, concerned citizens from Chatham and Lee Counties appe

The CTS building was torn down in 2012, but chemical cleanup remains incomplete. (POWER Action Group)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The cleanup of an Asheville Superfund site is making progress, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a report released Wednesday, but there is more work to be done. The report indicates delays in the clean up may have left residents with prolonged exposure to a cancer

North Carolinians generate thousands of pounds of electronics waste every year, and up until now a state program has facilitated the recycling of that material. (Morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina companies and individuals for six years have participated in a program to recycle unwanted electronics to comply with a ban on electronics in landfills. On Tuesday, legislation that would reverse those efforts was scheduled for a vote in the state Senate but was remov

The Obama administration has abandoned plans to lease parts of the Outer Continental Shelf off the Atlantic Coast to offshore drilling companies. (SirDouglas/morguefile)

OUTER BANKS, N.C. - Along with a breath of ocean air, residents and businesses along the North Carolina coast might be breathing a sigh of relief. The Obama administration is dropping its plans for drilling off the Atlantic coast. Plans had been announced last year to lease parts of the Outer Conti

Land conservation groups in western North Carolina are protecting water resources by securing land from potential development. (David Ellis/flickr.com)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Flint, Michigan is hundreds of miles away from North Carolina, but images of brown water coming from kitchen taps and tales of illness in children and adults are prompting talk about water quality in this state. Fortunately, high-quality water is in plentiful supply in North Caro

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

Smokers in North Carolina spend an average of $88,000 over their lifetime on their habit, which is less than in many other states. (erdenebayer/morguefile)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The average smoker in North Carolina will spend $88,000 on their habit over a lifetime. That's according to new data from the personal-finance website, WalletHub. Lifetime healthcare costs are even higher than that, at $136,000, and tobacco addiction specialist Donna Borowski wit

President Barack Obama makes final preparations to the State of the Union address, in which he reiterated his commitment to climate action. (Whitehouse.gov)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – The commitment to climate action that President Barack Obama emphasized in his State of the Union address this week came as ideal timing for one North Carolina organization. The Collider is opening in Asheville in February, and the business and education facility has a goal

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