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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2018 


Efforts continue to quell the backlash over President Donald Trump’s changing statements on the Russia summit. Also on the Thursday rundown: protestors are out for Mike Pence’s visit to Missouri; and nobody wants to go, but one option is green burials.

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Public News Service - NC: Environment

Researchers at the University of Massachusetts believe that if oyster beds once in place in the coastal waters of New York had been there during Hurricane Sandy, much of the damage could have been reduced. (The Nature Conservancy)

WANCHESE, N.C. – North Carolina's coastal residents are breathing a sigh of relief after Hurricane Chris took a turn away from the Atlantic Coast – but there undoubtedly will be additional threats from extreme weather and sea-level rise this season. The answer to those problems could l

Environmental groups don't expect the departure of Scott Pruitt to dissuade the EPA from enacting rules limiting the consideration of some scientific studies and historical data when creating policies. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The departure of Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt comes at a time when the agency is trying to implement a controversial rule. Opponents say it could reduce the amount of scientific data that is considered when drafting environmental regulations. The Stren

Rock piles, also known as cairns, are becoming popular things to build for hikers, but stacking rocks can damage the habitat for native animals and plants. (bulbocode909/flickr)

FRANKLIN, N.C. – There's no shortage of creeks and streams in North Carolina to enjoy this weekend, but while exploring, experts advise outdoor enthusiasts to take care before moving rocks and changing habitat. The rocks and area surrounding them provide natural homes for insects, frogs and

An undetermined number of polystyrene containers are generated daily across North Carolina, and a statewide ban would ask businesses to use compostable containers instead. (Jasmine/flickr)

DURHAM, N.C. — Our take-out culture is taking its toll on North Carolina's landfills. It's estimated that Americans throw away 70 million plastic foam cups every day - and that doesn't include bowls and take-out containers. It's something that community groups and concerned citizens are work

The North Carolina Army National Guard delivered food and supplies to communities in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew, and many of those communities are still trying to recover. (NC National Guard/flickr)

WILMINGTON, N.C. – While Tropical Depression Alberto prompted the extreme flooding experienced by North Carolina this week, hurricane season is officially beginning Friday. Eight major flood-related disasters costing more than $410 million in public assistance have impacted the state since 2

The Roan Highlands features scenes like native azaleas and the world's largest rhododendron garden. (Ken Lane/flickr)

BAKERSVILLE, N.C. — This weekend thousands will lace up their hiking boots and explore North Carolina's hundreds of miles of hiking trails. The state's 23 land trusts play a large role in protecting outdoor recreation opportunities, including sections of the Appalachian Trail. The Southern A

The black rail is perhaps the most imperiled bird species along the Atlantic Coast that most people have never seen. (NC Wildlife Resources Commission)

RALEIGH, N. C. – Almost 100 North Carolina businesses and conservation groups sent a letter to the state's congressional delegation this week, urging them to support the bipartisan Recovering America's Wildlife Act (HR 4647). The legislation, co-sponsored by Rep. Richard Hudson, R-N.C., and

The NC BREATHE Conference aims to reduce the number of Code Orange days, like this one last summer in Charlotte, where air quality is dangerous for sensitive groups. (Clean Air Carolina)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – North Carolina has come a long way in improving air quality in recent decades, but is it far enough? Recent research published in the Journal of the American Medical Association finds even short-term exposure to air pollution below current standards can lead to prematur

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