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    PNS Daily News - October 7, 20160 

    Today’s news features a variety of issues including: the largest one-time release of prisoners announced by the Justice Department; new projects aim to stem catastrophic wildfires; and why kids around the globe are putting on their walking shoes today.

Public News Service - North Carolina

Doug Hundley, right, of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service visits Grassy Ridge, where an abandoned homestead farm was discovered. Courtesy: Doug Hundley

MORGANTON, N.C. - The saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" dates back to 1860, but the roots of some heirloom apples in North Carolina date back even further. Gary McCurry and his son own Fox Gap Farm in Burke County and are harvesting their first crop of organic, heirloom apples this year...Read More

Public News Service - NC

Legislation awaiting Gov. Pat McCrory's signature or veto could change the forms of ID that law enforcement are allowed to accept, and increase the number of arrests of people lacking identification, which police say is a bad use of resources. Credit: hallshadow/

RALEIGH, N.C. – There is growing pressure on Gov. Pat McCrory to veto legislation that would impact a variety of populations in the state, including immigrants and migrant workers. House Bill 318, which supporters call the Protect North Carolina Workers Act, would prevent local police from ...Read More

Public News Service - NC

The pressure is on for Gov. Pat McCrory to veto legislation that would eliminate SNAP benefits for thousands of North Carolinians next July. Credit: Alvimann/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – After taking months to iron out a state budget, North Carolina lawmakers are now pushing bills that could have as great an impact on the state's citizens as the budget. One of those bills is House Bill 318, which includes a provision that could impact the eligibility of Supple...Read More

Public News Service - NC

Local groups such as the Asheville City Schools Foundation step in as teachers and schools need help in their mission to support education and improve classroom learning for students. Credit: kconnors/

RALEIGH, N.C. - Teachers in Asheville and the rest of the state aren't surprised by North Carolina's ranking as the second worst state in the country for teachers. The listing, in a report released this week by WalletHub, cited a reduction in funding, increased classroom sizes and stagnant teacher ...Read More

Public News Service - NC

The state recommends North Carolinians have first aid supplies in their emergency kit. Credit: wallyir/

RALEIGH, N.C. – With much of the state under heavy downpours and storm watches over the weekend, the state Office of Emergency Management is reminding people about the importance of being prepared. September is North Carolina Preparedness Month and OME spokeswoman Julia Jarema says it's easy...Read More

Public News Service - NC

Current language in the state's Farm Act includes what some call an overly broad definition of sustainable agriculture. Credit: AcrylicArtist/

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Sustainable is high on the list of 21st century buzzwords, with increased interest among consumers in the environment and how they relate to it. Hundreds of businesses and farms in North Carolina have developed in recent years to meet that demand. But language in the Farm...Read More

Public News Service - NC

Groups across North Carolina and the rest of the nation will join in a national prayer vigil tonight. Many of them will be praying for further action to protect the world against climate change and for the pope's address on Thursday to a joint session of Congress. Credit: neneos/iStockPhoto

GREENSBORO, N.C. - While Washington is the closest Pope Francis will get to the Tar Heel State, North Carolinians are keeping a close eye on what the Roman Catholic world leader says and does during his visit. Tonight, groups from Greensboro, Charlotte, Asheville and other cities will hold climate-f...Read More

Public News Service - NC

Hundreds of cyclists of all skill levels will ride on Saturday to raise money for the North Carolina Coastal Federation's ongoing restoration and education projects. Courtesy: Sam Bland/N.C. Coastal Federation.

NEWPORT, N.C. – The summer beach season may be winding down along North Carolina's coast, but the work to maintain the health of the shoreline continues year round. Doctor Lexia Weaver is a coastal scientist with the North Carolina Coastal Federation, one of the groups working to restore wetl...Read More

Public News Service - NC

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