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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.

Public News Service - North Carolina

Lumber Liquidators is the first major home-improvement retailer to require that flooring it sells be free of contaminated plastics. Credit: Dwight Burdette/Wikimedia Commons

RALEIGH, N.C. - It's a big week for big-box stores and large retailers, as North Carolinians gear up for Black Friday shopping. Health advocates say news that a major retailer is committing to sell vinyl flooring made without toxic substances is an early holiday gift to consumers. Lumber Liquidator...Read More

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Drought is one of North Carolina's vulnerabilities when it comes to climate change, according to a recent report. Credit: inkogutto/

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - North Carolina's tourism industry generated $20 billion last year alone, and a new report predicts natural disasters, largely brought on by extreme weather, would threaten that revenue. The report, States at Risk: America's Preparedness Report Card, gives the state a grade of "...Read More

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A ruffed grouse hunter is pictured on Cold Mountain Game Lands in Haywood County. Credit: John Culclasure

BOONE, N.C. – Deer hunting season is in full swing across the state, and while it may surprise some, conservationists point out that folks involved with the sport are supporting land conservation in their hearts and with their wallets. Walter Clark, executive director of the Blue Ridge Conse...Read More

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November is National Adoption Awareness Month and North Carolina lawmakers have made finding permanent homes easier for the state's children in foster care. Credit: hotblack/

RALEIGH, N.C. – There are more than 10,000 children in North Carolina's foster care system, and more than 2,000 of them are awaiting permanent, adoptive families. This year two bills were signed into law that help normalize childhood for foster children by making sure they can participate in...Read More

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Many governors have opposed settling Syrian refugees. Credit: Mstyslav Charnov/Wikimedia Commons

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - North Carolina is one of at least 27 states whose governors have opposed settling Syrian refugees, in light of the recent attacks in Paris. Underlying their concerns is the fact one of the attackers entered France by posing as a Syrian refugee. Legal experts assert there is lega...Read More

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Many North Carolinians miss out on tens of thousands of dollars by claiming Social Security benefits early, according to new data. Courtesy: DodgertonSkillhause/

RALEIGH, N.C. - Social Security benefits are tempting to take as North Carolinians make plans to retire, but experts say the decision can come at a cost. While some people need the income because of health factors or unemployment, Kristen Arnold, income security policy analyst for the National Acad...Read More

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A clean-energy economy in North Carolina would boost jobs and the economy if the proper policies are put in place, according to a report released this week. Credit: KevinP/

RALEIGH, N.C. - The south Atlantic region that includes North Carolina could see an increase of more than a half million jobs by 2050 if additional clean-energy policies are put into place, according to a report released this week. Nationwide, according to the study by NextGen Climate America, a no...Read More

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Ninety-five percent of North Carolina children have health insurance, according to a report from the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. Credit: GaborfromHungary

RALEIGH, N.C. – Based on 2014 numbers, 95 percent of North Carolina's children have health insurance, according to a report released by the Georgetown University Center for Children and Families. The number of insured children increased by more than 25,000 between 2013 and 2014 – a suc...Read More

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