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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


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Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - NC: Environment

The Roan Highlands in North Carolina is a conservation focus area of the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. (Travis Bordley)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- The U.S. Senate recently passed legislation aimed at ensuring the nation's land and water resources, particularly its national parks and forests, are maintained and protected for future generations. Conservation groups in North Carolina say the bill could expand residents' access

States with the highest voter turnout numbers have enacted same-day registration and easier vote-by-mail policies. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Grassroots advocacy groups across the state have launched VoteNC.org, a get-out-the-vote campaign aimed at increasing voter turnout in this fall's presidential election. North Carolina is widely viewed as a swing state, and Brigid Flaherty, co-director of Down Home North Carolina,

Millions of vacationers flock to North Carolina's Outer Banks each year. (Adobe Stock)

NAGS HEAD, N.C. -- Congress is considering a bill that would provide funding to coastal communities for investment in ocean and coastal-habitat restoration. Advocates say the Moving Forward Act, which U.S. House lawmakers recently passed, would reduce the economic sting caused by the coronavirus,

The French Broad River flows through the city of Asheville, N.C. (Adobe Stock)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- A group working to improve water quality in streams draining into the French Broad River says it's changing the name of one Asheville project to better fit the area. RiverLink said it learned of concerns about what was known as the "River Arts District Watershed Plan" from reside

It's estimated more than a half million clean energy jobs in the United States have been lost this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Duke Energy remains the region's leader in installed solar capacity, but can no longer claim to have half of all the solar in the Southeast, according to a new report by Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Bryan Jacob, the group's solar program director, co-authored the research.

Researchers estimated 18.9 billion pounds of glyphosate, the key ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, have been used globally. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The German company Bayer has agreed to shell out around $10 billion to around 95,000 plaintiffs who alleged that glyphosate, the key ingredient in its Roundup weed killer, gave them cancer. Roundup originally was developed by Monsanto in the early 1970s. Bayer bought the company i

Hurricane Florence hits the east coast of the United States in September 2018. (NASA/Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N. C. -- North Carolina saves on average $6.43 in recovery efforts for every dollar spent on natural-disaster mitigation. That's slightly above the national average of $6.00, according to a report from The Pew Charitable Trusts that looks at how states are budgeting for emergencies in the

Exposure to particulate matter air pollution is associated with the increased use of asthma medication in children. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency has said it plans to leave current air pollution standards for particulate matter unchanged, despite warnings from scientists that the standards are outdated and causing tens of thousands of premature deaths each year across the country. North C

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