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PNS Daily Newscast - July 7, 2020 


The U.S. Supreme Court rules against rogue 2016 Electoral College voters; SBA pandemic aid goes to companies that don't pledge to save or create jobs.

2020Talks - July 7, 2020 


Biden's climate change task force is making some progress; a federal judge orders the Dakota Access Pipeline shut down; and today sees elections in NJ and DE.

Public News Service - NC: Public Lands/Wilderness

Nationwide, time spent in such outdoor spaces as parks, beaches and community gardens has shrunk as people continue to stay indoors to avoid spread of COVID-19. (Adobe Stock)<br />

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - With schools out and many camps canceled this summer due to COVID-19, families are looking for ways to get their kids outdoors. The North Carolina Wildlife Federation has launched an "Outside Every Day Challenge" - from now until mid-July, it's calling on parents and caregivers to

Rainwater from Hurricane Florence washes out a bridge in Waxhaw, North Carolina. (Adobe Stock)<br />

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Atlantic hurricane season starts Monday, and weather watchers warn it could be an active one. So, experts say funding for flood mitigation and resilient infrastructure must be a priority. Even with state resources stretched in the COVID-19 pandemic, progress can be made, say

View of Satulah Mountain from the Brushy Face Trail in Highlands, N.C. (Highlands Cashiers Land Trust)

HIGHLANDS, N.C. -- Volunteers have completed a roughly two-mile trail through a dense web of old-growth forests on land that was once slated to become a subdivision in the Highlands area. Kyle Pursel, stewardship coordinators with the Highlands Cashiers Land Trust, the organization that now owns t

Wetlands prevent flooding by sponging up excess water after storms and heavy rains. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Southern Environmental Law Center and other groups have sued the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for redefining which waterways are protected under the Clean Water Act. The move strips protections from more than half of the country's waters

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

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

Wetlands are critical to North Carolina's coastal ecosystems. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina's mountains and coasts are teeming with biodiversity that conservationists say is under threat from global warming. As ecosystems adapt to a changing climate, it's becoming harder to predict which species will survive and which won't. Mark Anderson, director of co

Western North Carolina is among the most ecologically rich regions in the world. (Adobe Stock)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - In 2019, more than 30,000 acres in Western North Carolina became protected from development, according to Blue Ridge Forever, a coalition of land-trust organizations across the region. Elsea Brown is executive director of the coalition. She said advocates mainly work with landown

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