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    PNS Weekend Update - February 13, 20160 


    Several stories on the list this weekend: President Obama mourns the death of Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia; California is having a monumental moment; for college students, it’s time to think about financial aid.

Public News Service - North Carolina

North Carolina's Community Action Agencies "show the love" to their communities year-round. (mariask/morguefile.com)

LILLINGTON, N.C. - With Valentine's Day just two days away, many North Carolinians are looking for ways to "show the love" to friends and family - but North Carolina's 37 community-action agencies do that 365 days a year in the communities they serve. At least 92,000 people annually receive assista...Read More

Public News Service - NC

North Carolina's views are often protected by the efforts of area land trusts who work to secure land and protect it from development. (Doug Kerr/Flickr.com)

TRYON, N.C. - On an average morning thousands of North Carolinians wake up to the sight of a dusting of snow on area mountaintops. And while individuals can own much of the land, the state's 25 land conservancies are working to protect the views for everyone to enjoy. They're guided by the princ...Read More

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The future of North Carolina's March 15 Primary is in question after a federal appeals court ordered the state to redraw the districts. The state is has asked the court to reconsider the decision. (southernfried/morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to grant an emergency stay of a federal appeals court order for the state to redraw Congressional Districts 1 and 12 by Feb. 19, in advance of the March 15 primary. The districts were found unconstitutional by a federal appeals court ...Read More

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The Food Bank of the Albemarle and at least 20 other North Carolina food banks distribute venison donated from hunters across the state. (Food Bank of the Albemarle)

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – North Carolina has an overabundance of deer and a growing population of citizens who are food insecure. While those may sound like two unrelated problems, a program is tackling them both in an unconventional way. The Farmers and Communities Manage Deer program began ...Read More

Public News Service - NC

Experts caution students and parents to beware of scammers waiting to prey on their efforts to secure federal financial aid money for college. (U.S. Department of Education/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. - The pressure is on for tens of thousands of high school and college students in North Carolina, as they try to access the federal financial aid available. The Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) is the first step to getting money for the majority of students, and while...Read More

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Steven Avery was ultimately found innocent of a crime he'd been arrested for in 1985. This is the 1985 mugshot. (Manitowoc County Sheriff's Dept./Wikipedia Commons)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The Netflix documentary series "Making a Murderer" might be making a more sympathetic juror. That's the opinion of experts including Mark Rabil, director of the Innocence and Justice Clinic at the Wake Forest School of Law. The 10-part series was filmed over 10 years. It pro...Read More

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Planned Express Toll Lanes on I-77 in Charlotte could end up costing taxpayers additional funds if enough travelers don't opt to take the travel option. (CharlieCowins/Flickr.com)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Plans for the controversial I-77 Express Lanes Project in Charlotte are moving ahead now that the Charlotte Regional Transportation Planning Organization has voted in favor of the project. This while a report from the North Carolina Public Interest Research Group called it one of...Read More

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School lunches in North Carolina could change if a bipartisan bill expected to come up for a vote in the U.S. Senate is ultimately passed. (keyseeker/morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Washington will have a busy week of catch-up next week after days of closures because of the record-setting snowfall. But before lawmakers got snowed in, members of the U.S. Senate released a bipartisan bill that would reauthorize child-nutrition programs, including the national scho...Read More

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