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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - NC: Public Lands/Wilderness

The EPA's proposed rule changes would exempt isolated wetlands, groundwater, mining water, waste treatment ponds and interstate waters from its jurisdiction. (Yadkin Riverkeeper)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – North Carolina groups are pushing back against a federal proposal they say would sink the Clean Water Act - and cost taxpayers more. Environmental groups are making it a priority across the state to inform people about a proposal by the Environmental Protection Agency an

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

Spending time outdoors is one way to combat the prevalence of cardiovascular disease, obesity, diabetes and hypertension, all of which are higher for African Americans. (Pathways to Parks)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Western North Carolina's rich public lands are open to all, and a new group has decided to go the extra mile to encourage more people of color to enjoy them. Elsea Brown, director of Blue Ridge Forever campaign, says the Pathways to Parks group, based in Asheville, was for

Groups say blocking public access to government agencies' websites violates the core principles of public participation outlined in the National Environmental Policy Act. (criene/Twenty20)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Conservation groups are keeping a watchful eye on federal agency websites during the government shutdown and say some pages have been taken down, at agencies that include the Bureau of Land Management, National Park Service Planning and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The c

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

The swamp sparrow is among the birds traveling through North Carolina this month, on its way south for the winter. (Kenneth Cole Schneider)

CLEMMONS, N.C. – Chances are more than a few North Carolinians turned on their heat this weekend and dug out winter clothes as temperatures start to drop. The same shifting season is also prompting birds to fly south for the winter, but increases in urban development sometimes make it diffic

Wilson Creek in Caldwell County has a growing number of outdoor enthusiasts seeking out the area because of improved trout population and waterways. (Trout Unlimited)

LINVILLE FALLS, N.C. – Outdoor recreation generates $28 billion dollars annually in North Carolina, according to the Outdoor Recreation Association, and the state's thousands of miles of waterways are a large part of that. One example is the Wilson Creek watershed in Caldwell and Avery count

A bend of the New River provides an opportunity for beach access for people in Western North Carolina. (New River Conservancy)

LAUREL SPRINGS, N.C. – New River State Park in Ashe County has been the source of adventure for paddling and outdoor enthusiasts for decades, and now a planned expansion will bring a beach to the mountain community. The New River Conservancy and the state of North Carolina are in the final s

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