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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

In rural areas of North Carolina, residents face huge barriers to accessing mental-health resources and treatment. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Access to mental-health care in rural communities continues to shrink, but a team of nurse practitioners aims to change that. The University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill has received $6 million in federal funding to recruit, train and financially support 70 primary-care nurs

North Carolina is home to more than 2,000 hog farm operations. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - In a few weeks, pork companies will be able to inspect their own slaughterhouses, due to recent changes to U.S. Department of Agriculture hog slaughter inspection rules. The rule changes shift food safety protection tasks from government inspectors to the pork industry. Patty Lov

Since North Carolina launched its hemp pilot program in 2015, the state's CBD oil industry has boomed. (Adobe Stock)

ASHVILLE, N.C. – North Carolina's hemp industry leaders will gather next week in Asheville to talk about the future of growing the cannabis plant at the Southeastern Association of Resource Conservation and Development conference. Since North Carolina launched its pilot hemp program in 2015,

According to the organization Food & Water Watch, there are more factory-farmed hogs than people in North Carolina. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Factory farms and other industrial farming practices are contributing to a climate catastrophe, according to a new global assessment by the Intergovernmental Science Policy Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services. North Carolina is home to thousands of industrial hog operat

In 2017 alone, North Carolina courts suspended close to 500,000 licenses for nonpayment of fines. (Jennnbell, Twenty/20)

RALEIGH, N.C. – A federal court began hearing arguments Wednesday about whether North Carolina's process of notifying drivers that their license will be revoked is unconstitutional. Arguments from the American Civil Liberties Union, the Southern Poverty Law Center and the Southern Coalition

Advocates say pollinator-friendly solar farms benefit the environment and surrounding farms as they generate clean power for local communities. (The Nature Conservancy)

DURHAM, N.C. – The buzz about the demise of honeybees, birds, monarch butterflies and other crucial pollinators has prompted the creation of a North Carolina Pollinator Conservation Alliance. North Carolina is second in the country for installed solar capacity, and the alliance is offering te

The Long family exclusively uses heirloom seeds passed down from the Eastern Band of Cherokee and does seed shares to make sure they're around for generations to come. (Long Family Farms and Gallery)

CHEROKEE, N.C. – This week's warm and sunny weather forecast in most parts of the state likely has many digging out their garden gloves and playing in the dirt. But before you head to a big-box store to purchase your seeds and plants, the state's land conservancies and family farms hope you'll

A profile of Chowan County and the potential positive impact wind energy may have on the community. (Southeastern Wind Coalition)

EDENTON, N.C. — North Carolina's farming communities are struggling after several seasons of extreme weather and unseasonable temperatures. There is one “crop” that could offer more consistent income - but they can't take advantage of it. The state currently has a moratorium on w

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