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PNS Daily Newscast - May 26, 2020 


University of California gets high marks for shelving standardized test scores during the pandemic; and the work-from-home trend could be a boon for people with disabilities.

2020Talks - May 26, 2020 


Monday was Memorial Day. More than 100,000 people in the five major U.S. territories are military veterans, but can't vote for commander-in-chief. Plus, Puerto Rico has a statehood referendum this November.

Public News Service - NC: Sustainable Agriculture

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

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

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

Oyster aquaculture is a growing industry, and would include creating structures along the North Carolina coast, much like these in Florida. (Florida Sea Grant)

OUTER BANKS, N.C. — The crab pots, natural habitats and scenic vistas along North Carolina's coastline could soon be obstructed by rebar, netting and buoys if state lawmakers push ahead with House Bill 361. Coastal advocates are concerned that the bill - designed to create and promote a leas

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

Ruby Red-throated hummingbirds are among the pollinators traveling through North Carolina during the fall in need of pollinating plants to help them survive their journey south. (Evangelio Gonzalez/Flickr)

NEBO, N.C. – Cooler temperatures and changing leaves in North Carolina can make it easy to forget that there's still some wildlife depending on the plants in yards and gardens. You might say some pollinators - like hummingbirds and Monarch butterflies - are getting by on "a wing and a prayer"

Hemp can be used to make fabrics, building materials and a variety of other products. (Betty B/flickr.com)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- North Carolina is poised to become a leader in a growing agribusiness - and all that’s standing in the way is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Since 2014, states have been permitted to start pilot programs for hemp production. They've seen success in other southern states

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