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PNS Daily Newscast - November 15, 2019 


President Trump asks SCOTUS to block release of his tax returns; use of the death penalty is on the decline across the country; and a push to make nutrition part of the health-care debate.

2020Talks - November 15, 2019 


Former MA Gov. Deval Patrick is officially running for president, saying he can attract more Independents and moderate Republicans than other candidates.

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Public News Service - NC: Animal Welfare

North Carolina is home to more than 2,000 hog farm operations. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. – In a few weeks, pork companies will be able to inspect their own slaughterhouses, due to recent changes to U.S. Department of Agriculture hog slaughter inspection rules. The rule changes shift food safety protection tasks from government inspectors to the pork industry. Pat

A 600-pound bear died from a car collision east of Plymouth, N.C., this week. Law enforcement officials say the driver was unharmed. (Tom Harrison/NCBearFest.com)

PLYMOUTH, N.C. — As the breeding season begins for North Carolina's black bears, so does the risk of collisions with the animals on highways in the eastern part of the state. The Albemarle/Pamlico Peninsula has one of the highest densities of black bears in the world, according to the North

The Virginia big-eared bat consumes insects, with small moths making up a significant portion of its  diet. (Larisa Bishop-Boros/Wikipedia)

LINVILLE, N.C. — Bats are among the most misunderstood mammals, and a documentary showing at The Grandfather Mountain Nature Museum next month celebrates a conservation victory for one endangered bat species. Nikki Robinson, communications and outreach associate at the Blue Ridge Conservancy

The red patches on either side of the head of male red-cockaded woodpeckers are rarely seen - the birds usually conceal them unless they're excited or agitated. (Chuck Hess/U.S. Forest Service)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — The Fourth National Climate Assessment released by the federal government outlined the impacts of severe weather on the nation. North Carolina isn't immune to the risks that climate change is creating - but there are plans to help some species make a comeback. During Hurri

Ruby Red-throated hummingbirds are among the pollinators traveling through North Carolina during the fall in need of pollinating plants to help them survive their journey south. (Evangelio Gonzalez/Flickr)

NEBO, N.C. – Cooler temperatures and changing leaves in North Carolina can make it easy to forget that there's still some wildlife depending on the plants in yards and gardens. You might say some pollinators - like hummingbirds and Monarch butterflies - are getting by on "a wing and a prayer"

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking public comment on the future of the Red Wolf Recovery Program. (Valerie/Flickr)

COLUMBIA, N.C. — North Carolinians are being asked to weigh in on the future of a landmark program responsible for bringing an animal back from near extinction. The Red Wolf Recovery Program has been in operation for more than 30 years, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken steps

Other states in the Southeast are seeing cases of avian influenza, prompting the North Carolina agricultural community to remain vigilant. (IAEA Imagebank/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Another case of bird flu has been confirmed in the Southeast this week - this time in Georgia. It follows a reported case in Tennessee earlier this month. Avian influenza is a virus that occurs naturally in wild birds, but can infect domestic poultry. There have been some rar

Red wolves are being mistaken by some hunters for coyotes, a problem made worse as deer season picks up in North Carolina. (Land Between the Lakes/flickr.com)

COLUMBIA, N.C. – Deer hunting, a sporting tradition enjoyed by thousands of people in North Carolina, is underway in most parts of the state, but conservation groups are concerned that one endangered animal is getting caught in the crossfire. Red wolves, who live in the eastern parts of the

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