PNS Daily Newscast - April 1, 2020 

Nine cruise ships stranded as ports won't take them. Trump warns of tough two-week stretch. And rent due in midst of COVID-19.

2020Talks - March 31, 2020 

During the new coronavirus pandemic, many are advocating more mail-in ballots. Some say restricting voting by mail is one method of suppressing the vote.

Public News Service - NC: Animal Welfare

Photo: Farmer Craig Watts and Leah Garces with the group Compassion in World Farming survey Watts' chickens he raises as a contractor for Perdue Farms. Photo courtesy: Compassion in World Farming

FAIRMONT, N.C. – It's a real life case of David versus Goliath. A North Carolina chicken farmer is speaking out against the practices of one of the country's largest poultry producers – Perdue Farms. Earlier this month, farmer Craig Watts of Fairmont released a video, shot with the h

PHOTO: These goats (and a canine friend) are taking a break on a big job. Wells Farm rents them out to help eradicate invasive kudzu on protected lands. Photo courtesy of Pacolet Area Conservancy.

TRYON, N.C. - Goats are known for their insatiable appetite and love of climbing, which makes them the perfect candidates for the job of cleaning up kudzu in North Carolina. Land trusts are using goats to clean up land that's been overtaken by the invasive plant on several conservation properties.

PHOTO: The Humane Society of the United States is calling for greater protections for livestock on farms, in North Carolina and the rest of the country. The group says this year, more than 400,000 animals have died in fires on large, industrial farms. Photo courtesy of HSUS.

EAGLE SPRINGS, N.C. – After more than 4,000 piglets died this month in a fire at a Moore County pig farm, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is calling on the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) and meat industry groups to implement rules to prevent future incidents. The

PHOTO: Although Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary was forced to close its Beech Mountain facility, it has continued to host educational programs, participating in events such as this one at Grandfather State Park. Photo courtesy Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary.

BEECH MOUNTAIN, N.C. - After a five-year fight, a North Carolina wildlife sanctuary has won the right to return to its home and also recover more than $200,000 in damages from the town it calls home. For more than 11 years, Genesis Wildlife Sanctuary rescued and rehabilitated wild animals in Beech

PED (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea) sign informing public that the virus has been found on this North Carolina pig farm. Photo Courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance.

NEW BERN, N.C. – Pigs continue to die in large numbers in North Carolina, and while pork producers work to stop the virus that's killing the animals, environmentalists are working to make sure the carcasses are disposed of properly. Larry Baldwin, the concentrated feeding operation coordinat

PHOTO: North Carolina's deer population has not yet been affected by Chronic Wasting Disease, but wildlife conservationists say it could be at risk if not properly managed. Photo courtesy North Carolina Wildlife Federation

RALEIGH, N.C. - More than 1 million deer live in North Carolina and, unless you're a hunter or wildlife-watcher, your most common concern probably is avoiding them on the roadways. But conservationists say there is a new worry for the deer, which starts with a line-item in the Legislature's House b

Photo: Clearstream LLC, based in Harrisburg, applies its product to a variety of residential and commercial spaces. Courtesy: Clearstream, LLC

HARRISBURG, N.C. – North Carolina’s hundreds of livestock farms – including poultry and swine – soon will have to look for other means to keep the meat we eat free of disease. The Federal Drug Administration has asked pharmaceutical companies to limit the availability of so

PHOTO: North Carolina's population of 100 red wolves on a small peninsula near Columbia, NC, are the only ones in the wild on the continent. Photo courtesy: Red Wolf Coalition

COLUMBIA, N.C. - The North Carolina State Wolfpacks basketball team has no shortage of fans, especially as March Madness approaches. But a new report by the National Wildlife Federation indicates the state's red wolf population could use a few more fans of its own. North Carolina is host to the con

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