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PNS Daily Newscast - August 6, 2020 


Facebook removes a Trump post because of "deceptive" COVID19 claims; small businesses seek more pandemic relief.


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Iowa's governor has restored the right to vote for people with past felony convictions via executive order; and Tennessee has a primary election today.

Public News Service - NC: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOTO: Ann Grier of Gaining Ground Farm farms land protected by agricultural conservation easement through the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Photo courtesy of SAHC.

RALEIGH, N.C. - As the interest in locally-produced foods grows, an increasing number of young people are looking to make a living farming the land. Allison Kiehl, farmland stewardship and sustainability director with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, says there is a great need in

PHOTO: As part of the EPA's 'Local Foods, Local Places' initiative, Rutherford County was able to relocate its farmers' market to the Florence Mill property in Forest City. Photo courtesy of NC Extension Service

ROCKY MOUNT, N. C. — Christmas came early this month for the community of Rocky Mount. It will receive assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a new farmers' market and develop urban community gardens at former brownfield sites. It's part of the agency's Local F

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolinians unable to care for themselves because of age or a disability are holding their breath Tuesday, waiting to see what happens at the state Capitol. Last week the North Carolina Senate announced major cuts to programs like Meals on Wheels and Medicaid in its version of

Photo: Gardening is growing in popularity in North Carolina and the rest of the country, including the practice of urban farming, where little, or not, land is used. Photo courtesy of Ashevillage Institute

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – This weekend, thousands of North Carolinians are expected to roll up their sleeves and spruce up their yards as the weather warms. Many of them also are looking towards plants of an edible variety. According to the National Gardening Association (NGA), 35 percent of Americ

Photo: Emmons founded Sow Much Good to help feed communities in need. Courtesy: Sow Much Good

CORNELIUS, N.C. - Not everyone in North Carolina has access to affordable, fresh food, and this week state lawmakers are taking up the problem of "food deserts" and what to do about them. The term refers to communities without retailers of wholesome food. A bill (HB 957) before the State Assembly ai

PHOTO: It is estimated that 30 percent of farmers and 90 percent of farm workers in North Carolina don't have health insurance  and some may be hesitant to sign up under the Affordable Care Act. Photo courtesy RAFI USA.

RALEIGH, N.C. - As North Carolina farmers work to put food on the tables of the state's residents, many are doing so without health insurance or preventive care. According to the Agromedicine Institute, at least 30 percent of farmers and more than 90 percent of farmworkers do not have health covera

Photo: Bridges on her Shelby dairy farm. Courtesy: RAFI USA

SHELBY, N.C. – Shelby dairy farmer Ashley Bridges has a welcome problem this holiday season – she can't keep enough product on the shelves of the retailers and consumers who are demanding it. A third-generation farmer, five years ago Bridges decided to transition her Guernsey cows comp

Photo: Volunteers help at Drive to End Hunger Event. Courtesy: Drive to End Hunger

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The seven food banks in North Carolina have found themselves working harder than ever to feed North Carolinians facing food insecurity. According to the North Carolina Association of Food Banks, the state ranks near the top in the country when it comes to citizens facing a food

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