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PNS Daily News - June 28, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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Public News Service - NC: Poverty Issues

Farm workers are often paid for each bucket of kale they pick on North Carolina farms. (Dennis Amith/flickr.com)

ROSE HILL, N.C. – You might not look at your kale smoothie the same way again. Four migrant farmworkers recently settled a class action lawsuit against an eastern North Carolina farm. The farm workers alleged unsafe working conditions and wage theft as they picked kale and other vegetables

Eight North Carolina mothers will enjoy a Mother's Day with their children, after being bailed out of jail by members of Southerners on New Ground. (Stephane Lavoie/flickr.com)

DURHAM, N.C. – This Mother's Day, a lucky group of North Carolina mothers are getting the gift of time with their children. On Thursday in Durham, eight women were released after members and supporters of Southerners on New Ground (SONG) raised money to bail them out of jail, where they were

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

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

In North Carolina and the rest of the country, fewer juries and prosecutors are pursuing the death penalty. (Ken Piorkowski/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina hasn't executed anyone in the last 10 years, and legal experts say the reluctance of juries and prosecutors to place people on death row points to a lack of support for this type of punishment. According to The Center for Death Penalty Litigation, the last five

MANNA FoodBank in Asheville distributed more than 4 million pounds of fresh produce in 2016. (MANNA FoodBank)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Fueling the belly and the soul is the goal of a growing number of food banks in North Carolina. While traditionally shelf-stable cans and prepared meals have long been thought of as the menu of choice for people in need, organizations are working to improve the food that is a

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

Organizations such as the North Carolina AFL-CIO are helping workers fight for livable wages. (Steve Rhodes/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Thousands of North Carolinians enjoyed a welcome reprieve from work during the long Labor Day weekend, but many of them are returning to work today, making less money than they need to pay their basic bills. The minimum wage in North Carolina is $7.25 an hour, about $5 short

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