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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


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A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - NC: Gun Violence Prevention

Katina Locklear (pictured) of Robeson County, N.C. was murdered in 2018. The case remains unsolved. (Jane Jacobs)

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PEMBROKE, N.C. -- Jane Jacobs of New Hanover County says every day she wakes up feeling like it's Dec. 20, 2018, the day her 46-year-old sister, Katina Locklear, was murdered in neighboring Pembroke. Jacobs says she's had no closure in the case, which is ongoing. Research indicates native women

Firearms-related deaths in North Carolina topped 1,400 North Carolinians in 2017, according to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (Adobe Stock)

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RALEIGH, N.C. - More than half of North Carolina's 100 counties have passed resolutions declaring they are "Second Amendment sanctuaries" - meaning they see themselves as exempt from enforcing state gun safety laws. Winston-Salem resident and retired teacher Susan Browder comes from a family of gu

North Carolina has no restrictions on assault weapons and few rules on the open carrying of firearms.

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DURHAM, N.C. — Last month's deadly shooting at a North Carolina high school made the news, but some worry that the daily threat of gun violence isn't getting enough attention. Gun deaths have risen steadily in the past few years in the state, reaching an all-time high of more than 1,400 live

According to the Parent Resource Program, there are an average of more than 3,000 suicide attempts by high schoolers annually. (Twenty20)

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RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina public school employees may soon be better equipped to offer mental-health services and emotional education to students, now that the General Assembly has passed a bill that would create programs to support suicide prevention and mental-health services in schools. It'

Students walked out of Millbook High School on March 14, but several teens at the school have decided action can't end with their walkout. (Riley Yates)

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RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina students are moving beyond marches and walkouts in their efforts to end gun violence and call for sensible gun laws. High schoolers from Millbrook High School in Raleigh will host a town hall meeting Thursday night to discuss school policy changes to ensure saf

The billboard placed on I-85/I-40 near Mebane will be up for a month, and its sponsors say it has already been the subject of intense attention. (NC Council of Churches)

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MEBANE, N.C. – Days before it was even up on I-85 and I-40, a billboard sponsored by the North Carolina Council of Churches began receiving national attention. The coalition of 18 denominations commissioned the billboard displaying the Second Commandment – "You shall not make for yoursel

Students across North Carolina will join millions around the world tomorrow in the March For Our Lives. (Fibonacci Blue/flickr)

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. – In an unprecedented demonstration of civic engagement, hundreds of thousands of young people and other activists will demonstrate Saturday in March For Our Lives events planned around the world. There will be 10 such events in North Carolina, including Asheville, where local

North Carolina House lawmakers meet in the first School Safety Committee meeting today, as the country's students continue to call for change. (VCU CNS/flickr)

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RALEIGH, N.C. — Just days before students and other activists participate in the March for Our Lives this Saturday, a shooting at a Maryland high school is fanning more flames of change. And today, the North Carolina state House is having the first meeting of its School Safety Committee. Amo

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