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    PNS Weekend Update - April 18, 20150 

    In focus on our weekend rundown: tough questioning in New Orleans as the Justice Department tries to get President Obama’s deferred action on deportation plan unstuck; West Coast sardine fisheries are closing early—we’ll let you know why; and we’ll introduce you to a high school senior being honored this weekend for beating the odds.

Public News Service - North Carolina

PHOTO: The IRS won't collect up to $600 billion from dozens of U.S. multinational corporations using offshore tax havens, according to a new report from Citizens for Tax Justice. It says 304 Fortune 500 companies collectively held $2.15 trillion in places such as Bermuda, the Cayman Islands and the Bahamas at the end of 2014. Photo credit: dodgertonskillhause/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Congressional hearings in the past few years made headlines exposing how Apple and Microsoft moved money overseas to avoid paying U.S. taxes. But as a new report from Citizens for Tax Justice shows these name-brand companies aren't alone. Matt Gardner, executive director with the ...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: Low-wage workers, including Laura Rollins, will gather across the country today to support $15-an-hour wages from corporations such as McDonald's. Photo courtesy of Rollins.

RALEIGH, N.C. - As millions of North Carolina residents breathe a sigh of relief today at the end of tax season, workers, students and their advocates will take part in a "Raise Up for 15" rally, seeking a minimum wage of $15 an hour. Laura Rollins is one example of that low-wage workforce. A McDon...Read More

Public News Service - NC

Photo: Not all North Carolina farmers agree on whether President Barack Obama should be given fast track authority on trade agreements, that would impact things like poultry exports. Photo credit: sioda/

RALEIGH, N.C. – Not all farm groups are in agreement on whether President Barack Obama should be given fast track negotiating authority on foreign trade agreements. The proposal may be introduced as early as this week and would allow the administration to negotiate trade deals in secret and ...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: Late Thursday, some Wake County voters filed a federal lawsuit, alleging that their civil rights are being violated by new local district lines passed by the State Assembly. Photo credit: jdurham/

RALEIGH, N.C. - Raleigh Wake Citizens Association and 14 Wake County voters filed a lawsuit in federal court late Thursday, alleging that new local district lines adopted by the state General Assembly this month violate their civil rights. This month's passage of the county's new district lines is ...Read More

Public News Service - NC

Photo: The North Carolina Department of Transportation Division of Aviation is hosting informational sessions this year to help airports across North Carolina protect wildlife and passengers. Photo credit: Matthew Hull/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Negotiating air traffic and unpredictable weather are just two of the concerns North Carolina airports face on a daily basis. Wildlife are also a concern, and according to the FAA, there were 225 wildlife strikes with planes in North Carolina in 2014. Bobby Walston, division of avia...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: The U.S. Supreme Court has denied the state of North Carolina's request to review a Fourth Circuit Court ruling on the 2013 voter law. The case now will be heard in U.S. District Court in July. Photo credit: kconnors/

RALEIGH, N.C. - The future of North Carolina's controversial voting law passed in 2013 now is back in the hands of the U.S. District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina. The U.S. Supreme Court has denied a request by the state to review parts of the law. Advancement Project is represent...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: The North Carolina Community Action Association's Race 4 Change fundraising effort is intended to give a voice to the needs and concerns of North Carolina's 1.6 million vulnerable and low-income citizens. Photo credit: NCCAA.

RALEIGH, N.C. - The North Carolina Community Action Association reports there are $1.6 million vulnerable and low-income citizens in North Carolina, and this weekend the entire state is invited to participate in what's being called North Carolina's Poverty Race. The 5K walk-run route through Raleig...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: April is Autism Awareness Month, and efforts are underway to build support for Avonte's Law, a Senate bill that would help reduce the risk of injury and death from autism-related wandering. Photo credit: Erdene Bayar/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Nearly half of all children on the autism spectrum are believed to engage in wandering, a behavior that can end in tragedy. The U.S. Senate is considering a bill known as Avonte's Law, which would provide funding for police departments to purchase equipment that can help locate peop...Read More

Public News Service - NC

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