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PNS Daily Newscast - August 7, 2020 


The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.


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The Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign's request for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

Public News Service - NC: Rural/Farming

North Carolina is nearly twice as rural as the national average, according to Census data. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Three out of four rural voters in North Carolina and six other swing states are concerned about the country's handling of the novel coronavirus pandemic, according to a new poll. The survey of more than seven thousand residents from RuralOrganizing.org found 54% of voters disapprov

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted many North Carolina residents to start their own gardens.(Adobe Stock)

WASHINGTON, N.C. -- Rural communities across North Carolina are working to meet the rising needs of residents who are unable to access healthy food as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Many already grappled with longstanding health inequities before COVID-19, but local groups have stepped up eff

Researchers estimated 18.9 billion pounds of glyphosate, the key ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, have been used globally. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The German company Bayer has agreed to shell out around $10 billion to around 95,000 plaintiffs who alleged that glyphosate, the key ingredient in its Roundup weed killer, gave them cancer. Roundup originally was developed by Monsanto in the early 1970s. Bayer bought the company i

Two union members and tobacco workers on a North Carolina farm. (Farm Labor Organizing Committee)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A labor union representing more than 9,000 farmworkers says the coronavirus pandemic has made working conditions worse for migrant laborers on North Carolina tobacco farms. The Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO, is calling on the multi-billion-dollar corporations that purc

Oyster growers say the delicate environment that shellfish need to thrive is being disrupted by climate change. (Adobe Stock)

WILMINGTON, N.C. -- Oyster farmers are grappling with rising seas, ocean acidification, and more severe storms. They met in Wilmington over the weekend to discuss how to address these growing challenges. One of the goals at the Oyster South Symposium was to brainstorm ways to deal with the impacts

More than 3 million registered nurses make up the largest licensed health profession in the nation. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Nurses practice the most trusted profession, according to a new Gallup poll. The majority of Americans rank nurses' honesty and ethical standards as "very high" or "high." Only 12% say the same for members of Congress. Nurses often spend the most time with patients, listening

Climate change is projected to adversely impact nationwide yields of corn, soybeans, rice, sorghum, cotton, oats, and other crops. (Adobe Stock)

COVE CITY, N.C. -- North Carolina farmers are working to keep their crops healthy amid rising temperatures and more frequent extreme weather. Last year, some growers reported extreme heat and little rain caused them to lose nearly half of their corn crop. Billy McLawhorn is an independent agricult

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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