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PNS Daily News - October 23, 2020 


President Trump and Joe Biden square off in their final debate; warnings that "dark days" of the pandemic are yet to come; and food assistance now available for some wildfire victims.


2020Talks - October 23, 2020 


The second and last presidential debate was much more controlled than the first; President Trump keeping to his main themes, calmly rebutted by Biden.

Public News Service - NC: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Doug Hundley, right, of the North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service visits Grassy Ridge, where an abandoned homestead farm was discovered. Courtesy: Doug Hundley

MORGANTON, N.C. - The saying "An apple a day keeps the doctor away" dates back to 1860, but the roots of some heirloom apples in North Carolina date back even further. Gary McCurry and his son own Fox Gap Farm in Burke County and are harvesting their first crop of organic, heirloom apples this year

The pressure is on for Gov. Pat McCrory to veto legislation that would eliminate SNAP benefits for thousands of North Carolinians next July. Credit: Alvimann/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – After taking months to iron out a state budget, North Carolina lawmakers are now pushing bills that could have as great an impact on the state's citizens as the budget. One of those bills is House Bill 318, which includes a provision that could impact the eligibility of Supple

Current language in the state's Farm Act includes what some call an overly broad definition of sustainable agriculture. Credit: AcrylicArtist/morguefile.com

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Sustainable is high on the list of 21st century buzzwords, with increased interest among consumers in the environment and how they relate to it. Hundreds of businesses and farms in North Carolina have developed in recent years to meet that demand. But language in the Farm

Epiphany Malts will have malt available for sale to craft brewers by the end of the year. Courtesy: Epiphany Malt House

DURHAM, N.C. – In North Carolina, there's no shortage of craft breweries, with dozens sprouting up every year across the state. But brewers have a tough time keeping all of their ingredients local, and that need is what caused Sebastian Wolfrum of Durham to have what you might call an epipha

North Carolina lawmakers are considering a so-called TABOR amendment that would limit the state government's ability to raise taxes. Colorado has had such an amendment since 1992. Credit: Darren Hester/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Colorado may be almost 1,500 miles from North Carolina, but Tar Heel State lawmakers are looking into a constitutional amendment already in place there. The North Carolina State Senate recently approved what is often referred to as a Taxpayer Bill of Rights, or TABOR, which wo

The Healthy Food Small Retailer/Corner Store Act would increase access to healthy foods in food desert communities and fund research into the impact of such a program. Photo credit: Linzi/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – There are approximately 349 "food deserts" in North Carolina. The term describes a community that does not have healthy food retailers. That's according to research by The Support Center, a community development nonprofit. This summer, North Carolina lawmakers are considering

PHOTO: Federal child nutrition programs are set for reauthorization this year, which some say is an opportunity for both parties to work together to fight child hunger. Photo credit: mynameisharsha/Flickr.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Federal nutrition programs feed North Carolina's most vulnerable children during the summer months and school year, but there still are many children who go hungry. A report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) found more than one in five households in the state st

Video: Actress and activist Pamela Anderson shares what investigators found at the North Carolina Farm. Video courtesy: Mercy for Animals

DOBSON, N.C. - A North Carolina poultry farm that supplies one of the largest food-service distributors in the United States is the subject of an undercover investigation. Among the discoveries by a Mercy For Animals investigator at Wayne Farms in Dobson - birds having wings and legs broken, shocked

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