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    PNS Daily News - July 2, 20150 


    We’re covering stories from coast to coast, including; the U.S. Supreme Court delays a Texas law that would have closed many of the state’s clinics that perform abortions, and the EPA says it will ban a pesticide which has been linked to ADHD, reduced IQ and other health conditions; and a report on the climate-driven rise in ticks and mosquitoes, which also raises the threat of potentially deadly insect-borne illnesses like Lyme Disease and the West Nile virus.

Public News Service - North Carolina

PHOTO: Drive safe, buckle up, and put down the phone. The National Safety Council expects this Fourth of July weekend to be one of the most dangerous holiday periods on the nation's highways in several years. Photo credit: Fidler Jan/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – The Fourth of July is almost upon us, and as some North Carolina families pack their cars for holiday travel, safety experts are reminding motorists to be extra-cautious on the roads. The National Safety Council estimates 409 people will be killed, and more than 49,000 will be...Read More

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PHOTO: North Carolina's Henry Lee McCollum is noted in the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling in a death penalty execution drug case. The lengthy nature of death penalty cases is credited with saving McCollum's life. DNA technology, not available when he was convicted, proved his innocence 30 years later. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

DURHAM, N.C. – The U.S. Supreme Court ruling that upheld the use of midazolam in death penalty executions may not affect North Carolina directly, but the state's Henry Lee McCollum case was noted in the court's opinion. McCollum walked free after DNA evidence cleared him of a crime he had spe...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: Before hanging the Stars and Stripes to celebrate the Fourth of July, the United States Flag Code calls for specific procedures to ensure any flag displayed is shown respect. Photo credit: M. Connors/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – U.S. flags are popping up all over North Carolina as the Fourth of July approaches, but there are some important dos and don'ts to consider before flying Old Glory. The U.S. Flag Code, which became public law in 1942, specifies the exact rules for use and display of the flag....Read More

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PHOTO: Now that the Supreme Court has ruled to uphold federal subsidies for the Affordable Care Act, health-care groups in North Carolina say it's time for state leaders to announce a plan to expand Medicaid access to 500,000 people in the state. Photo credit: Kenn W. Kiser/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Health-care groups say it's time for Gov. Pat McCrory to make good on his promise to release a plan to expand Medicaid in North Carolina. The governor delayed a decision pending the Supreme Court's ruling on the constitutionality of state health-care exchanges. With Thursday's favor...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: Conservation groups are condemning the killing of a critically endangered female red wolf in the Red Wolf Recovery Area of eastern North Carolina. Photo credit: Jim Liestman/Flickr.

RALEIGH, N.C. - The shooting death of a mother red wolf in the Red Wolf Recovery Area of eastern North Carolina is a significant loss, conservation groups say. The state's red wolves are the only wild population of the species in the world, and were reintroduced decades after being on the brink of ...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: Jerry Anderson was wrongfully prosecuted in the death of his wife in Caldwell County. He is among dozens of people featured in a new report highlighting the impact and costs of wrongful capital prosecutions in North Carolina. Photo courtesy Center for Death Penalty Ligation.

DURHAM, N.C. – Over the last 25 years, dozens of people have been wrongfully prosecuted for capital murder in North Carolina, spending a combined 112 years in prison. That figure is according to a new report from the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, which highlights the devastating impact...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: Federal child nutrition programs are set for reauthorization this year, which some say is an opportunity for both parties to work together to fight child hunger. Photo credit: mynameisharsha/Flickr.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Federal nutrition programs feed North Carolina's most vulnerable children during the summer months and school year, but there still are many children who go hungry. A report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) found more than one in five households in the state st...Read More

Public News Service - NC

Photo: North Carolina doctors say unnecessary ER visits are a result of a lack of access to care, and can increase wait times for those with a true emergency. Photo credit: click/morguefile.com

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Americans visit emergency rooms more than 136 million times each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and some make a second visit for issues that could better be addressed with a primary care or specialist physician. A study published th...Read More

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