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PNS Daily Newscast - January 19, 2018 


It will be up to the U.S. Senate today to take the next step, if a government shutdown is to be averted; also in focus on our Friday rundown, President Trump extends Religious-Refusal Protections to health providers; and, we will tell you about a 15 year old in North Carolina who just formed a Political Action Committee.

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GenX is one chemical used in the past to manufacture the nonstick surface of Teflon. It is found in numerous products, including nonstick pans. (Thomas/flickr)

WILMINGTON, N.C. – The wheels of government are turning slowly for residents who count on the Cape Fear watershed for their drinking supply. This week, the General Assembly was unable to pass legislation that would have funded additional testing for GenX in the water supply. The chemical ha

Drones weighing more than a half a pound must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration. (Peter Linehan/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The word “drone" used to mean a long, monotonous sound. But now it spurs images of flying machines, often with a camera attached. This 21st century technology is presenting a modern-day problem for everyone from airports to prisons. And this year, the state is hosting a

Employees from North Carolina businesses participate in projects for nonprofits on Earth Day with the coordination of Earthshare NC. (Earthshare NC)

RALEIGH, N.C. – It's hard to 'think green' in the mix of all the red and green this holiday, but that's exactly what dozens of North Carolina companies already are doing. Earth Day is four months away, and businesses are planning their community service projects with the help of an innovativ

Free help is available via phone or in person this week as the deadline to enroll in health coverage plans under the Affordable Care Act approaches at midnight on Friday. (Lidor/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- If you haven't already signed up for health coverage through Healthcare.gov and haven't secured insurance for 2018, time is running out. The deadline to sign up on the federal health exchange is midnight Friday. With the enrollment period six weeks shorter than it was in prior yea

The state is asking additional questions about a proposed natural gas pipeline that Duke Energy and Dominion Energy want to run through Virginia and North Carolina. (keifer.miller/flickr)

Correction: Resending to correct reach of pipeline. RALEIGH, N.C. -- A pipeline that would carry natural gas across North Carolina and Virginia faces another delay in the Tar Heel State, as Department of Environmental Quality officials ask another round of questions about the risks and benefits of

North Carolina wants to move to a managed care system when it comes to its Medicaid recipients in the hope of increasing cost predictability and improving care. (Presidencia de la Republic/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – While the federal government debates the future of health care, North Carolina is trying to steer its own path when it comes to coverage of the state's Medicaid population. The state is awaiting federal approval for an amendment to how it structures payments and care. Under

Downtown businesses are flourishing in Mount Airy, thanks to the development of a greenway, because of increased residents, tourists and events. (Allen Forrest/flickr)

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. – As development expands in even the smallest of North Carolina towns, erosion is a growing problem for existing waterways. That was the case for Mount Airy before city planners partnered with water conservation experts to find a solution that's paying back in big dividends.

My Friend Cayla is advertised as the world's first interactive doll, but a security loophole has drawn some concern, including from the FBI. (USPIRG)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- This Black Friday and Cyber Monday, you may want to take the time to read labels and carefully consider toys you buy for the children in your life. The U.S. Public Interest Research Group released its Trouble in Toyland report this week, and while concerns over small parts or lead

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