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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 


A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.


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Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - NC: Environment

Research suggests exposure to air pollution over time can contribute to the development of serious lung conditions. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Time is running out for public comments on a proposed Environmental Protection Agency rule change that would block the agency from considering scientific studies that don't make their data publicly available. Opponents argue that environmental data often includes personal informat

NASA scientists estimate the earth's average global temperature has risen by 1.4 degrees Fahrenheit since 1880. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- On Earth Day, faith leaders are reflecting on how they believe climate change and the coronavirus crisis will change humanity. Susannah Tuttle directs Interfaith Power and Light, a North Carolina Council of Churches program that works with congregations to promote renewable energy

It's estimated that worldwide, around 2,220 metric tons of mercury are emitted each year. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency has announced that 2016 air-pollution controls placed on mercury emitted from coal-fired power plants are "neither appropriate nor necessary," citing the cost of compliance. For now, the regulations will remain in place, but critics say the agen

In 2017, North Carolina residents discovered that Chemours, a spin-off of DuPont, had been dumping PFAS into the Cape Fear River near its Fayetteville plant for decades. (Wikimedia Commons)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Almost 70 companies or plants in North Carolina are among those likely releasing chemicals known as PFAS into the air and water of nearby communities. A new map of suspected industrial discharge sites includes more than 2,500 nationwide. Chemical companies, carpet makers, commerci

Cars are among the largest contributor to greenhouse-gas emissions driving climate change. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Environmental Protection Agency has finalized a new rule that allows automakers to reduce car emissions by just 1.5% through 2026, down from the 5% requirement mandated by the Obama administration. June Deen, who directs advocacy for the American Lung Association in North Caro

Fisher River Park in Surry County is a popular spot for kayaking. (Adobe Stock)

MOUNT AIRY, N.C. -- Conservationists have restored more than 3,000 feet of eroded streambank along the Fisher river in Surry County. The river runs through the county's only state park, which provides an outdoor-recreational space for more than 70,000 North Carolinians. Surry County Commissioner E

Air pollution may put people at higher risk for developing severe COVID-19 illness, scientific studies have found. (Adobe Stock) <br />

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Health experts worldwide are warning that breathing polluted air can worsen and even cause high blood pressure, diabetes and respiratory diseases -- and early evidence suggests these conditions put people at higher risk for severe COVID-19 illness. In a recent study, Chinese resear

Muskie are apex predator fish native to the French Broad River that runs through western North Carolina. (Conserving Carolina)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- This spring, a project to restore more than 100 acres of low-lying ground surrounding the French Broad river in western North Carolina will commence. Conversationists say the effort will help boost the population of the large native fish, the muskie. Scott Loftis, habitat conser

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