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    PNS Weekend Update - June 25, 20160 

    On this weekend’s rundown, we’re covering stories from across the globe, including: After Brexit, Google says many Britons may not know what they actually voted for; a Boston religious leader calls for peace in the wake of the Freddie Gray case acquittal; and Sunday marks one year since marriage equality was upheld by the nation’s highest court.

Public News Service - North Carolina

The U.S. Supreme Court is expected to hand down a decision in Fisher vs. University of Texas in Austin, a case where the university's admissions policy, which includes race as a factor, is being challenged. (

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The future of affirmative action policies at North Carolina's universities could be determined by a decision by the U.S. Supreme Court. As early as this week, the court is expected to rule on a case challenging the admission policy at the University of Texas in Austin (Fisher v. ...Read More

Public News Service - NC

A federal appeals court hears oral arguments in the ongoing case against North Carolina's controversial voting law changes, put in place in 2013. (morguefile)

RALEIGH, N. C. – A federal appeals court hears oral arguments today on the issue of North Carolina's 2013 Election Reform Law, which opponents say violates the Voting Rights Act and U.S. Constitution. The law requires photo identification at the polls and puts in place early voting restrictio...Read More

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Although there is help available, social stigma continues to discourage people from seeking mental help. (aaayyymm eeelectriik/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Concern over what others might think is the major roadblock for the estimated 335,000 people in North Carolina who could be in need of mental-health help. New research measured how 370 college students responded when given the opportunity to learn more online about mental health s...Read More

Public News Service - NC

This weekend places of worship across North Carolina are invited to include a discussion of gun violence in their services. (

RALEIGH, N.C. - Last weekend's historic massacre at an Orlando nightclub has brought the issue of gun safety once again to the national stage. And this weekend you may hear a message on the topic from the pulpit at your place of worship. Places of faith are participating in the event, "Stand Up Sabb...Read More

Public News Service - NC

The green swirls of water seen here in the Chowan River are an example of the impact of too much nutrients that can occur in North Carolina waters. (Heather Deck, Pamlico-Tar River Foundation)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Agriculture is big business in North Carolina, and while the farms across the state add to the economy and resources, the waste generated in the form of animal waste and fertilizer runoff has the potential to impact the state's water quality. For the past 20 years, regulati...Read More

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More than 600,000 people in North Carolina are living with Alzheimer's or caring for someone who is. (Ann Gordon/

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - As many as 600,000 North Carolinians are living with Alzheimer's, or caring for someone who is, but advocates say it's been at least 10 years since a new drug has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration and released for public use. June is Alzheimer's and Brain Awarenes...Read More

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A win in federal court for consumers, say advocates of net neutrality. (Greg Stotelmyer)

WHITESBURG, Ky. – A federal court has upheld the Federal Communication Commission's decision to treat the Internet like a utility – a victory for consumers say advocates of net neutrality. The 2-to-1 ruling came Tuesday from the U.S. Court of Appeals for Washington, D.C. Marty Newell...Read More

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Men, women and children are impacted by Post Traumatic Stress Disorder but a multitude of effective treatments are available. (

CHARLOTTE, N.C.. – Almost 25 million people in the U.S. at any given time are living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, according to the support and advocacy group PTSD United. That includes thousands of North Carolinians left with the illness from a traumatic event such as a crime, natura...Read More

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