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    PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 20160 

    On today’s rundown: states sue over transgender bathroom directives while a new report finds the justice system is failing transgender people; Utah may revert to the firing squad; Congress finally tackles toxic substances and vigilance the byword as we splash into summer swimming season.

Public News Service - North Carolina

Experts recommend North Carolina prescribe specific amounts of physical activity and education in schools. (Gaborfromhungary/

RALEIGH, N.C. – In North Carolina, 16 percent of children ages 10 to 17 are obese, yet the state does not require a prescribed amount of physical activity for them at school. May is National Physical Fitness and Sports Month, and experts want North Carolina and other states to rethink their ...Read More

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Mental health advocates are hoping lawmakers opt to restore much-needed funding for services cut last year. (CG Hughes/

RALEIGH, N.C. - As state lawmakers debate the budget, one item on the table is additional funding for mental health and substance abuse. Specifically, Gov. Pat McCrory is asking for funding to implement recommendations from his Task Force on Mental Health and Substance Abuse. With one in five a...Read More

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A program organized by the North Carolina Council of Churches offers grants to qualifying churches that offer health and wellness programs to their communities. (Justin/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Growing numbers of North Carolina churches offer their congregations health and wellness resources, alongside spiritual guidance. And beginning next week, a statewide program allows qualifying churches to apply for mini-grants to provide health related services to their commu...Read More

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A growing number of consumers and groups are looking to invest in socially conscious and green companies. (GotCredit/

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - A growing number of North Carolinians are joining others across the country in their effort to put their money where their mouth is. Green and socially conscious financial investment is on the rise, and experts say they can offer competitive returns on investments. Financial advis...Read More

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Parents in Asheville who are active in their schools are upset over recent administration changes within the school system.  (Claxton Elementary)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Just how much control do parents have over what happens at their child's public school in North Carolina? That's the question Asheville parents are trying to find out as they protest a series of administration changes put in place by their system's school board. The reassignments ...Read More

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A blood smear of sickle cells that block the body's absorption of oxygen in the bloodstream. (VivCaruna/Flickr)

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - At least 5,000 people in North Carolina live with sickle cell disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). But new research from the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill indicates not all those patients have access to educational materials tha...Read More

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If North Carolina's estate tax was reinstated the state could increase revenue by at much as $170 million a year. (money/

RALEIGH, N.C. – As much as $170 million a year could go a long way when it comes to paying North Carolina's teachers, improving state infrastructure and economic development, but it's money the state passed on when it eliminated the estate tax. The tax was done away with three years ago, and...Read More

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North Carolina's butterflies and other pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds are impacted by industrial and agricultural development. (Angelique Hjarding)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Carolina's Butterfly Highway isn't going to shorten your nightly commute, but it will make it more scenic. The project began a year ago in the Charlotte area as an effort to increase the network of pollinator habitats in the community, and make it easier for butterfli...Read More

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