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PHOTO: On Thursday, Environment North Carolina released a report outlining the reasons North Carolina should continue its brisk pace for solar-energy development, and generate 20 percent of its power from solar by 2030. Photo courtesy of Environment North Carolina.

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolinians have the power of the sun to be thankful for as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, according to a new report from Environment North Carolina. The analysis found the state has one of the fastest-growing solar industries in the nation, growing by 127 percent in rec...Read More

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PHOTO: Some children working with tobacco plants wear trash bags to protect themselves from absorbing nicotine from the wet leaves. Kids are especially vulnerable to what's known as green tobacco sickness, essentially the nicotine poisoning of a non-smoker with the blood nicotine level of a pack-a-day habit. Photo credit: Marcus Bleasdale for Human Rights Watch.

GREENSBORO, N.C. - Children half the legal smoking age reportedly are laboring in tobacco fields in North Carolina. It's hard to tell how many or how old they are, but an Oxfam America study found many start when they are under 18. Baldemar Velasquez, president of the AFL-CIO's Farm Labor Organizi...Read More

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Photo: Economic experts predict a significant budget crisis looming in North Carolina, with reduced revenue after tax cuts for the state's wealthiest citizens and profitable corporations. Photo credit: North Carolina State University.

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina lawmakers are likely enjoying some downtime after the legislative session and midterm election, but experts predict a tough session waiting for them on their return to Raleigh. A report from the Office of the State Controller indicates tax revenues are down by almost ...Read More

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Photo: Lou Henderson spent 20 years caring for his wife and recently decided to place her in assisted care. Photo credit: Holly Pilson

MAXTON, N.C. – For every twinkle of a holiday light and crinkle of wrapping paper, there's stress associated with this time of year, especially for the thousands of North Carolinians who care for a loved one. Adding to their concern are waiting lists for existing services across the state th...Read More

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PHOTO: Citizens and elected officials gather at a recent Clean Air Carolina event in Greensboro to discuss clean energy strategies for the state. Photo credit: Clean Air Carolina.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - It may the time of year when North Carolinians are holding their breath for the next freeze warning, but the latest data on 2014 ozone levels in the Tarheel State indicates people can take a small sigh of relief about the air they breathe. Ozone levels in North Carolina were the l...Read More

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RALEIGH, N.C. - To lift children out of poverty, their parents also need a hand. A report released today underlines the importance of supporting children and their parents at the same time, instead of focusing on one group or the other, to help ensure their success. The Annie E. Casey Foundation re...Read More

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Photo: Raleigh's economy is booming overall, but according to the latest State of the South report not everyone is reaping the economic rewards. Photo credit: Jmalljmall/Wikimedia Commons.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Business is booming for some North Carolina cities, namely Raleigh and Charlotte, both of which made Forbes magazine's recent rating of "Best Places for Business and Careers." While that's good news for those riding the upswing, the new State of the South report from MDC Incorporate...Read More

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PHOTO: A new report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families finds North Carolina to be one of the best states in the nation in getting more children covered with health insurance. Photo credit: Tommy Hough.

RALEIGH, N.C. - A report released Thursday by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families ranks North Carolina second in the nation when it comes to the reduction of uninsured children. As of 2013, the number of uninsured children in the state stands at a little more than 144,000, ab...Read More

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