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PNS Daily News - August 22, 2017 


We're featuring a variety of stories in today’s news including: a new strategy for Afghanistan; an increase in hate groups is not just an issue in the South; and high blood pressure becoming a more common problem among children and teens.

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Public News Service - NC: Youth Issues

Peaceful Schools North Carolina has implemented its program in several Durham schools. (Krissy Venosdale/Flickr)

DURHAM, N.C. - Thousands of North Carolina children have their first day of school this week, and while the emphasis is on academics, more educators also are looking at innovative ways to encourage a healthy learning environment. The group Peaceful Schools NC works with schools to create a positive

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

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

President Donald Trump's immigration order has prompted families who have adopted children internationally to double-check that the child's U.S. citizenship paperwork is in order. (Stephen Melkisethian/Flickr)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- An Asheville mom had an unpleasant surprise this week when she called the Social Security Administration and discovered her adopted son is still listed as a "legal alien.” Although Amber Ukena had filed the proper paperwork almost 10 years ago when she brought her son home

North Carolina is currently one of only two states nationwide that automatically tries 16- and 17-year-olds as adults. (Crawford Learmonth/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The tide may be turning when it come to prosecuting all 16- and 17-year-olds in North Carolina as adults. This month, a commission made up of members representing legal and law enforcement perspectives held its final meeting and declared that raising the age in North Carolina i

A new program from the Sprint Foundation will provide Internet access to thousands of students in North Carolina. (Dennis Skley/Flickr)

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Having access to wireless Internet is becoming just as important as access to pencils and paper, but millions of students lack online access once they leave the school grounds. It's referred to as the "homework gap," and a new initiative from the Sprint Foundation is aiming

Rising college costs are making it more difficult for North Carolinians to pursue higher education. (hmm360/morguefile)

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina in the last eight years has reduced its spending per student enrolled in higher education by 20 percent, and a report issued this week by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says these kinds of cuts are having an impact on students' potential for success. In ad

North Carolina lawmakers adjourned for the year without taking action on a bill that would require and fund testing of water for lead in schools and daycare centers in the state. (Morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Child advocates say it's a step backwards in protecting North Carolina's children against exposure to lead in drinking water. The State Assembly adjourned without taking action on a House Bill 1074 that would have required and funded lead testing in the drinking water of every school

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