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PNS Weekend Newscast - March 25th, 2017 


Here's a look at the news we're covering:  A big blow to the GOP and President Trump when the plan to replace Obama Care fails,  A couple of new reports out on the state of water in the U.S show work needs to be done and budget cuts in one state are threatening those who are most vulnerable. 

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Public News Service - NC: Consumer Issues

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

Weatherization programs offer help with insulation and other energy-saving measures to reduce home heating and cooling bills for people in need. (mtneer_man/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina families are enjoying a brief reprieve from high energy bills as mild spring temperatures arrive, but with a hot summer around the corner, thousands will struggle to pay their cooling bill. It may be even harder now that the Weatherization Assistance and Low-In

House Bill 67 would allow breweries that make as many as 100,000 barrels a year to self-distribute rather than having to hire a third-party distributor. (photoguyinmo/Flickr)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – A debate is brewing in North Carolina's growing craft-beer industry, just how much can independent brewers sell on their own, before they have to use a wholesale distributor? The current limit is 25,000 barrels a year, and while that may seem like a lot, several craft brewer

North Carolina ski resorts continue to contribute to the state economy in spite of two years of uncooperative weather. (Appalachian Ski Team)

BOONE, N.C. – When Boone businessman Mike Doble started his website Ski Southeast more than 20 years ago, North Carolina had eight ski resorts. Now, the state is down to six. With interest in skiing and snowboarding still consistent among outdoor enthusiasts, Doble and other insiders don&#

The AirKeepers Citizen Science Program offers low-cost AirBeam Monitors to citizens and educators to monitor particulate matter in North Carolina's air. (Clean Air Carolina)

CHARLOTTE, N. C. – The impact of poor air quality on people's lungs often is felt long before it is seen, but a program by Clean Air Carolina is providing the tools to educators and community members to help them see the invisible. The AirKeepers Citizen Science program provides materials and

Saul Berenthal, a Cuban-American entrepreneur, meets President Barack Obama during a visit to Cuba. (S. Berenthal)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — North Carolina exports more than $30 billion worth of goods and services annually, supporting more than 150,000 jobs. That is one of the many reasons why businessman Saul Berenthal hopes the state is able to continue international trade with places like his home country, Cuba

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

New Belgium Brewery, headquartered in Fort Collins, Colo., chose Asheville, N.C., as its second location, partly because of the state's water quality. (Joe Flood/Flickr)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – North Carolina's clean water is a valuable commodity for thousands of businesses across the state, including New Belgium Brewing in Asheville. The fourth-largest craft brewery in the U.S. is one of 234 businesses that this week joined an amicus brief urging a federal court

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