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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 


Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.


2020Talks - August 11, 2020 


Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - NC: Civic Engagement

More than 6 million people voted in the 2016 North Carolina presidential primary elections. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolinians will not have to show photo identification to vote in the upcoming primary election. A federal judge in Greensboro has temporarily blocked the voter ID bill from going into effect. State lawmakers passed the controversial bill in 2018, and it was challenged by the

The North Carolina state House of Representatives chamber is shown in a recent photo. Last month a state court said congressional maps drawn by North Carolina Republicans violated the state constitution. (Adobe stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - Some good-government advocates say new congressional maps redrawn by state legislators still are partisan, despite the fact a state court has approved use of the maps in 2020 elections. The tradition in North Carolina has been that legislators draw their own maps; they often say th

Some North Carolina Republican lawmakers were accused of gerrymandering in a case that made it all the way to the U.S. Supreme Court. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The fight for fair congressional maps continues at the state level, despite the U.S. Supreme Court's recent decision that it doesn't have the authority to prohibit partisan gerrymandering. One of the cases involved in the U.S. Supreme Court ruling concerns redistricting in 20

About 70 percent of out-of-hospital cardiac arrests happen in homes, according to the American Heart Association.(Adobe Stock)

DURHAM, N.C. – Hundreds of people at a Durham Bulls minor-league baseball game last week acquired an extra skill – learning hands-only CPR from local emergency medical teams. The American Heart Association says hands-only CPR can save lives without requiring mouth-to-mouth resuscitatio

In the eight counties along North Carolina's seacoast, more than 33,000 people were employed in the tourism industry, generating more than $295 million in state and local revenue, according to the Outer Banks Chamber of Commerce. (Outerbanksfishing.org)

CAPE HATTERAS, N.C. — The Senate vote set this week on the confirmation of David Bernhardt as Interior Secretary is making waves in North Carolina. Bernhardt took the helm at Interior after the resignation of Ryan Zinke, but faced tough questions about his past as an oil and gas lobbyist bef

The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality heard from thousands of residents across the state since a major spill at a Duke Energy plant in February 2014 dumped thousands of pounds of coal ash into the Dan River. (Sam Kepple/Appalachian Voices)

RALEIGH, N.C. - The North Carolina Department of Environmental Quality ruled this week that Duke Energy must excavate its last coal impoundments in the state. Concerns about coal ash and what Duke does with the sludge left over after coal is burned for fuel have been hot topics for years in the Tar

This NBA All-Star weekend includes a Saturday evening event in Charlotte aimed at boosting young people's life and career aspirations, on or off the court. (Rushay Booysen/Twenty20)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – As more than 150,000 people gather in Charlotte for the NBA All-Star Game, organizers of a different but related event want young people to see economic value in careers outside the game. Desert Storm veteran Marvin Wilson now works in the finance and entertainment industry

In 2017, the Rev. William Barber created the National Poor People's Campaign, to honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s challenge to change what he called

RALEIGH, N.C. – With this year's theme of And a Little Child Shall Lead Them, thousands are expected to gather Saturday at Shaw University in Raleigh to take steps toward justice in North Carolina. The 13th annual HK on J, which stands for Historic Thousands on Jones Street, is set to focus

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