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PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2018 


Students send a stern message to President Trump on guns. Also on our nationwide rundown: One expert's view of why canceling student-loan debt would boost the economy; plus the Trump budget calls for a 90-percent cut to a decades-old public lands program.

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Sen. Terry Van Duyn, center, is one of the alumna of Lillian's List. The state senator now represents the state's 49th district in Asheville. (Van Duyn)

ASHEVILLE, N. C. – Record numbers of women are expected to file this week in North Carolina to get their names on the ballot in national, state or local elections. Monday was the first day for candidates to file for this year's election, and while the numbers are still coming in, there is an

Some people visited Raleigh businesses Thursday to hand-write letters outlining their opposition to legislation that allows local officers to enforce federal immigration law. (Trey Roberts)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The North Carolina State Senate is pushing ahead with legislation that would give state patrol officers the right to enforce federal immigration laws, but not without opposition. Senate Bill 145 also threatens loss of funding to force the University of North Carolina system an

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – At a time when civic engagement is heightened across the country, a North Carolina teen has taken a big step to participate in the political process. Fifteen-year-old Ryan Hubbard of Charlotte founded the Youth Global Advocacy Political Action Committee last year. The gro

The future of North Carolina's judicial system is at stake as the State Assembly considers multiple changes to the way judges are elected and the lengths of their term. (Chris Potter/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Wednesday dozens of people are expected to convene at the North Carolina State Capitol in Raleigh to speak out for the judicial system. Lawmakers were expected to take up several issues related to the selection of judges and lengths of their terms, but have since delayed that

Advocates say Eastern North Carolina stands to gain the most from wind power, since landowners can lease land for more money than they can make in farming. (Jeff Kubina/Flickr)

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -- North Carolina's wind farm development is in a holding pattern, with three projects stalled because of legislation passed this summer that places a moratorium on wind farms until the state can study the effects of wind farms on its military installations. Clean energy advocat

Women AdvaNCe Executive Director Naomi Randolph (center) works with staff members to coordinate the upcoming North Carolina Women's Summit. (Women AdvaNCe)

GREENSBORO, N.C. — The phrase "Me too" has taken on new significance this week, as more women and men are sharing their experiences with sexual harassment and assault. The message is resonating beyond the issue of violence against women, and extending to other parts of their lives. For many,

People rally to end gerrymandering as the U.S. Supreme Court hears the Wisconsin case, Gill vs. Whitford. (League of Women Voters/Flickr)

GREENSBORO, N.C. - A case being heard by the U.S. District Court in Greensboro this week could end the practice of gerrymandering for good. The term has been part of North Carolina's public discourse for decades, with both major political parties guilty at one point of drawing districts to benefit

The State Assembly is expected to override the veto of controversial legislation that will greatly impact how the state's judges are elected. (Brian Turner/flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – It was a late night for the North Carolina Senate on Monday - as members voted to override Gov. Roy Cooper's veto of legislation that would eliminate judicial primary elections in 2018, among other things. The state House is expected to make a similar vote this morning. If th

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