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Be careful about toxins in toys, groups urge

Despite new federal rules that limit certain toxins in children's toys, shoppers should still be on guard, according to U.S. PIRG, a federation of state public interest research groups.

Childproof Your Relative's Home

A new toy safety report by North Carolina Public Interest Research Group reminds parents to be aware of toys with small parts as well as toys that may contain toxic chemicals or magnetic hazards.

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.

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.

Get ready to dig deep for power bills

If you live in Wake County - or anywhere else served by Progress Energy - your electricity rates are going up this weekend. The typical household's rate will jump just over 10 percent. The increase, which also affects businesses, is supposed to allow the utility make up for higher fuel costs. While gas prices have been dropping, Progress uses coal to generate half its power and those prices aren't going down.

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