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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - NC: Environmental Justice

In October, the Trump administration repealed 2015 regulations that protected streams, wetlands and rivers from polluting chemicals. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Conservation groups are suing the Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers over the Trump administration's rollback of Clean Water Act regulations aimed at keeping rivers, lakes and streams pristine. The lawsuit contends the agencies violated a long-standin

A coal-ash site and a coal-fired power plant both sit on Lake Norman. (Adobe Stock)

MOORESVILLE, N.C. — During a recent public hearing on the Environmental Protection Agency’s proposed loosening of coal-ash disposal regulations, Mooresville resident Susan Wind told agency officials she believes exposure to coal ash, which is widely used as structural fill in the area, l

For decades, toxic chemicals known as PFAS seeped into the Cape Fear River in North Carolina, contaminating residents' drinking water supply. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. – A 64 page complaint filed by Chemours against its parent company, DuPont, reveals a battle between the two companies over which one is responsible for cleaning up long-term contamination of the Cape Fear River. Chemours, the company that's been held responsible for dumping ha

In 2017, scientists discovered GenX, a toxic and carcinogenic compound, in the Cape Fear River. (Adobe Stock)

WILMINGTON, N.C. - It's been two years since communities surrounding the Cape Fear River found out their water supply had been contaminated by a compound known as GenX, part of the group of hazardous chemicals called PFAS. Today, New Hanover County residents say they still need answers. The source

Wood pellets are a type of biofuel made from trees. In some European countries, pellets are used in large-scale power plants once fueled by coal. (Adobe Stock)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Environmental groups in North Carolina have negotiated a settlement with Enviva, the world's largest manufacturer of wood pellet fuel for power plants. The company has agreed to install pollution-reducing equipment at a plant under construction in the town of Hamlet, east of

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

The cost of damage from flooding, storm surges and high winds in North Carolina's coastal communities has skyrocketed in the past five years. (Adobe Stock)

DURHAM, N.C. — A new report finds increased flooding from climate change and racial disparities in water quality are some of the most urgent environmental issues facing North Carolina communities in the coming decade. Data from the report shows the cost of damage from flooding, storm surges an

The Cape Fear River in Wilmington, N.C. (David Broad/Wikimedia Commons)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — Researchers have detected chemical byproducts related to an emerging contaminant known as GenX in Wilmington residents. For decades, GenX was an industrial chemical byproduct. It's also used to make Teflon, the stuff that makes cooking pans non-stick. Since the 1980s, the

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