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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


2020Talks - September 30, 2020 


Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - NC: Rural/Farming

RALEIGH, N.C. - As Congress continues to debate U.S. immigration policy reform, North Carolina businesses that count on immigrants to work for them have said they are proceeding as usual. In agriculture alone, the state exports almost $4 billion a year in crops such as cotton and tobacco. Larry Wo

Photo: March Against Monsanto taking place on Saturday, May 25th. Courtesy: March Against Monsanto

RALEIGH, N.C. – On Saturday, thousands of North Carolinians will start their Memorial Day weekend by speaking up against an international company. The March Against Monsanto is taking place in seven cities in the Tar Heel state and 243 other cities around the world. Monsanto makes genetica

PHOTO: This cow, unable to walk, was discovered in a Humane Society of the United States investigation. Courtesy HSUS

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina is the 11th state this year to consider legislation that would make it illegal to conduct private investigations into agricultural practices in the state. The so-called "Ag Gag" bill is opposed by some animal- and consumer-rights groups, who argue the investigations a

Photo: Organically fed cows at Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Courtesy: Hickory Nut Gap Farm

FAIRVIEW, N.C. - North Carolina's organic farmers are concerned about their livelihood because of a bill proposed in the North Carolina House. House Bill 379 places the State Board of Agriculture in control of commercial planting in the state, and would prevent local cities and counties from passing

PHOTO: The future of wind energy in North Carolina and beyond is in the hands of Congress.

WILMINGTON, N. C. – The future of wind energy in North Carolina and beyond is in the hands of Congress, as lawmakers decide whether to extend the Production Tax Credit (PTC) for wind energy, set to expire at the end of this year. It's estimated as many as 1,000 jobs could be lost in the state,

PHOTO: Some hog farmers and the Humane Society of the United States are raising a

RALEIGH, N.C. - Hog farmers in North Carolina and beyond are protesting what they allege is the misuse of fees they pay into a national fund for marketing the pork industry. In a complaint filed with the U.S. Agriculture Department, the Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) claims that the Nati

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

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