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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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Report | NCPIRG | Consumer Protection

Trouble in Toyland, 23rd Annual Toy Safety Report

The 2008 Trouble in Toyland report is the 23rd annual Public Interest Research Group (PIRG) survey of toy safety. This report provides safety guidelines for parents when purchasing toys for small children and provides examples of toys currently on store shelves that may pose potential safety hazards. We visited numerous toy stores and other retailers to find potentially dangerous toys and identify trends in toy safety. This year, we focused specifically on toys that contain lead and phthalates in our research. 

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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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Long slashes auto rates

Insurance Commissioner Jim Long is leaving office with a bang, ordering a whopping 16.1 percent decrease in auto insurance premiums.

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Media Hit | Transportation

Federal, State, and Local Leaders Cite New Report

Public Transit received a boost as Congressman David Price, Congressman Brad Miller and other supporters held an event at the historic Seaboard Train Station calling for more public transit options in the Triangle, citing a major new report on oil savings and other benefits from public transportation across the country. The NC Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG) report, A Better Way to Go: Meeting America’s 21st Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit, examines the challenges faced by America’s transportation system and the benefits of existing rail and bus projects in Triangle and other areas of the state.

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News Release | NCPIRG | Transportation

Federal, State, and Local Leaders Cite New Report as Boosting Public Transit in the Triangle

Public Transit received a boost today as Congressman David Price, Congressman Brad Miller and other supporters held an event at the historic Seaboard Train Station calling for more public transit options in the Triangle, citing a major new report on oil savings and other benefits from public transportation across the country. The NC Public Interest Research Group (NCPIRG) released "A Better Way to Go: Meeting America’s 21st Century Transportation Challenges with Modern Public Transit," which examines the challenges faced by America’s transportation system and the benefits of existing rail and bus projects in Triangle and other areas of the state. 

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Group: Some Retailers Misleading About DTV

Beware of what you hear about the upcoming Digital Television Transition. That warning was issued after a national consumer group found that some retailers have been misleading consumers. 

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Stores misinform shoppers about digital TV switch, group says

Employees at the nation's top retail stores are giving out bad information about the country's upcoming switch to digital TV.

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Save-a-watt, loose common sense

Electricity consumers soon may face higher rates in order to pay utility companies not to produce electricity and not to build power plants. The General Assembly, by approving last year's Senate Bill 3, created this absurdity through a legislative provision promoting new energy efficiency programs.

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