Regulation http://wunc.org en Study: Air Quality Restrictions Linked With Improved Respiratory Health http://wunc.org/post/study-air-quality-restrictions-linked-improved-respiratory-health <p>Duke University researchers have found a connection between state and federal air pollution restrictions and improved public health in North Carolina.</p><p>Duke Surgery Professor H. Kim Lyerly and his team evaluated disparate data from air quality monitoring stations and health statistics between 1993 and 2010. Lyerly said air quality improved, and so did respiratory health.</p><p>Accounting for seasonal changes and an overall drop in smoking, Lyerley said annual emphysema-related deaths dropped from 12-per-100,000 people, to five. Asthma and pneumonia-related deaths decreased, too.</p> Mon, 23 Jun 2014 09:00:00 +0000 Rebecca Martinez 37564 at http://wunc.org Study: Air Quality Restrictions Linked With Improved Respiratory Health NC General Assembly Short Session Update http://wunc.org/post/nc-general-assembly-short-session-update <p></p><p><span style="line-height: 1.5">&nbsp;&nbsp;</span><span style="line-height: normal; font-family: Tahoma; font-size: 15px">Moral Monday protests resume as the General Assembly's short session continues. Protestors visit individual lawmakers today to lobby for Medicaid expansion, unemployment insurance and education reform. Last week, the North Carolina Senate approved a fracking bill and tentatively approved a regulatory overhaul. Both pieces of legislation may face challenges in the House.&nbsp;</span></p><p> Tue, 27 May 2014 15:36:09 +0000 Meghan Modafferi & Frank Stasio 36216 at http://wunc.org NC General Assembly Short Session Update Commercial Fisherman Are Actually Asking For More Regulation... For Now http://wunc.org/post/commercial-fisherman-are-actually-asking-more-regulation-now <p></p><p>When the state <a href="http://www.wral.com/red-drum-spring-fishing-season-canceled-in-nc/13579738/">announced</a> earlier this month that the Red Drum fishery was closed, it was problematic for commercial fishermen. Commercially speaking, Red Drum is a bycatch fish, meaning it's only ever caught on accident, when trying to catch other fish. The fisherman are allowed to take in a total of about 250,000 a year -- a limit they hit much more quickly this year because Red Drum numbers are up.</p> Wed, 30 Apr 2014 13:24:27 +0000 Eric Mennel 34672 at http://wunc.org Commercial Fisherman Are Actually Asking For More Regulation... For Now New Rules Coming for Truckers http://wunc.org/post/new-rules-coming-truckers <p>There are new regulations coming for the state's truckers and other commercial drivers. The federal government is setting up a database to be used by the Division of Motor Vehicles in all states. Marge Howell works for North Carolina's DMV.<br><br><strong>Marge Howell: </strong>Most of our commercial drivers will have to certify the type of driving they do, whether its intrastate or interstate, and they will also be required to provide their DMV with current medical certification information.<br> Mon, 30 Jan 2012 14:25:00 +0000 Eric Hodge 3350 at http://wunc.org