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PNS Daily Newscast - September 29, 2020 

Trump tax revelations point to disparity in nation's tax system; Pelosi and Mnuchin make last-ditch effort at pandemic relief.

2020Talks - September 29, 2020 

Today's the first presidential debate in Cleveland, Ohio. And a British news show reports a Trump campaign effort to suppress the Black vote in 2016.

Public News Service - NC: Rural/Farming

PHOTO: Jenny Edwards of the Dan River Basin Association meets with the Waterkeeper Alliance after a morning paddle past the coal-ash spill. Photo courtesy Waterkeeper Alliance

EDEN, N.C. – News that internal emails show coordination between Duke Energy and state officials on existing coal ash lawsuits spread late Thursday. It's another cause for concern for communities around the Dan River, and residents are asking questions about the safety of their drinking wate

Photo: Citizens gather Wednesday in front of Governor's Mansion in Raleigh. Courtesy: Progress NC

RALEIGH, N.C. - Coal ash continues to leak into the Dan River in northern North Carlina, and now the question is: who is going to pay for the clean-up? The answer, according to a group of North Carolina residents, should be Duke Energy. Wednesday members of that group of concerned citizens and watch

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: NC farmers wait on the government to process much needed loans. Courtesy: RAFI-USA at Whippoorville Farms in Hickory, NC

SILER CITY, N.C. - As the national government remains "closed for business," North Carolina farmers are struggling to stay open for business in light of the shutdown. Dozens of farmers in the state have been approved for USDA direct farm operating loans, but those payments can't be made until federa

Photo: Hydropower dams at Yadkin River. Courtesy: Yadkin Riverkeeper

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – This weekend as North Carolinians enjoy the last of summer on the state's lakes and rivers, the fight continues over ownership of the Yadkin River. One month after the state filed in a Wake County Court to establish state ownership of the river, the Yadkin Riverkeeper i

Photo: Vollmer on his farm in Bunn. Courtesy: Vollmer Farms

BUNN, N.C. - With thundershowers forecast for much of the state this week, North Carolina farmers are holding their breaths once again. They are waterlogged from a rainy spring and summer, and already down many thousands of dollars in income. Parts of the state have seen double the average amount of

Photo: Pelczar checking on Cascade Hop crop. Courtesy: Blue Ridge Hops

MILLS RIVER, N.C. - Beer is big business in North Carolina, and farmers are starting to capitalize on the growing industry. Seventy-nine breweries now call the state home, and most of them have to import their hops from the Pacific Northwest. Farmers are working with scientists at North Carolina St

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