PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 

44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 

Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - NC: Rural/Farming

Photo: Picture of Maude Barlow. Courtesy Food and Water Watch

STAR, N.C. - Some of the country's leading conservationists and experts in water quality are in North Carolina this week to discuss the condition of water in the state. Their meeting is taking place today in Montgomery County on this anniversary of the Clean Water Act. Among them is Maude Barlow,

PHOTO: teacher helping a student, courtesy of Teach for America Eastern Carolina

WARRENTON, N.C. - As the school year begins, North Carolina's rural school districts are struggling to find teachers, particularly in the math and science subject areas. The Warren County School District, one of many in the state reporting problems finding quality teachers and retaining them, relies

PHOTO: Barred Owl housed at the Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute, Picture provided by Blue Ridge Wildlife Institute

BANNER ELK, N.C. - Over the weekend, dozens of wild animals and birds were brought in to rescue shelters suffering injuries they received from being caught in the busy mesh of human activity. It's particularly a problem in western North Carolina, say animal rehabilitators, where the large amount of

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Landline phones may seem less of a necessity for city dwellers, but some in rural communities with limited wireless options count on getting a dial tone at their homes. In North Carolina, phone companies no longer are obligated to provide those landlines, as the result of changes m

PINEY CREEK, N.C. - Thousands of communities across North Carolina must rely on septic systems - systems many of them are struggling to maintain or replace in the current economic climate. Allegheny County is one example. The septic system that services one of its elementary schools was shut down b

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina's significant budget cuts in 2011 are having an effect on the amount of protection available to migrant workers in the state, according to their organizing union. The Farm Labor Organizing Committee (FLOC), is trying to step in to protect the workers by meeting with R.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Feeding people and protecting the environment are two aims that don't have to be at odds on North Carolina farms. Farmers now have seven recommendations for increasing production, reducing costs and minimizing negative environmental impact. A new "Future Friendly Farming" report by

DURHAM, N.C. - "Where's the beef?" has a whole new meaning in the restaurant world, as more establishments work to offer vegetarian options to consumers. This month, the Durham County Commission proclaimed "Meatless Mondays" to encourage residents to explore plant-based menu options once a week. The

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