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Consumer Group Alerts Shoppers to Hidden Toy Hazards

Hazardous toys are still sold in stores across the country, despite a new law overhauling the nation’s product safety watchdog agency, according to the 23rd annual toy safety survey released today by the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG). This survey was released today during a press conference at WakeMed Hospital. Guest speakers included Ashley Chase, Public Interest Advocate for NCPIRG, Dr. Courtney Mann, Medical Director of WakeMed’s Children Emergency Department, and Jennifer Slusser, a concerned parent. The group also warned that the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is taking actions to delay one of the new law’s toxic toy protections indefinitely.

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Hidden Toy Hazards

There's still plenty to worry about what you find in the toy aisles despite new federal rules that limit certain toxins from children's toys, according to U.S. PIRG, a federation of state public interest research groups.

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Media Hit | Transportation

Feds authorize additional rail funding: opportunity to get money for local transit projects

President Bush signed legislation today that will strengthen the nation’s intercity passenger rail network to accommodate record ridership and make possible new routes. The Passenger Rail Investment and Improvement Act, which was supported by wide bipartisan majorities in the House and Senate, authorizes close to $13 billion over five years to promote rail travel, relieve bottlenecks and begin investment in a new generation of high speed rail.

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Energy efficiency through NC SAVE$

In a number of states, energy efficiency programs have been taken out of the provenance of the utilities and turned over to independent administrators. Typically, these administrators are created by utilities commissions or legislation and governed by a board of efficiency experts. They come under yearly review to make sure they are doing their job – providing cost-effective energy savings.

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PSNC, Piedmont natural gas cases could alter way rates are changed

When North Carolina natural gas customers get their November bills, they’re likely to see a slight increase due to rate changes that Piedmont Natural Gas and PSNC Energy have pending before state regulators.

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