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PNS Daily Newscast - August 10, 2020 


The U.S. tops 5 million COVID-19 cases; and the latest on the USPS mail slowdown.


2020Talks - August 10, 2020 


Sunday was the sixth anniversary of the police killing of Michael Brown. Tomorrow, Rep. Ilhan Omar faces off against a primary challenger in MN, plus primaries in CT, VT and WI. And a shakeup at the Postal Service.

Public News Service - NC: Consumer

Many retailers who have made the switch from brick-and-mortar to online-only sales during the pandemic are relying heavily on their local postal service. (Adobe Stock)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- North Carolina's small businesses say they are relying on the U.S. Postal Service to help get them get through the coronavirus pandemic by ensuring their products and supplies are delivered on time. The agency recently has made several operational changes, including the reductio

As coronavirus cases continue to rise, states are scrambling to find labs that can provide quicker test results. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina is one of 18 states currently facing an uncontrollable spread of the novel coronavirus, according to the nonpartisan watchdog group CovidExitStrategy.org. The finding is based on an analysis of the state's performance on certain benchmarks recommended by the Centers

North Carolinians who are behind on their utility bills could be disconnected when the shutoff moratorium expires Saturday. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- As temperatures soar above 100 degrees in some regions, more than 1 million North Carolina households could lose access to air conditioning or running water when the state's ban on utility shutoffs expires Saturday. Rory McIlmoil, senior energy analyst at Appalachian Voices, said G

The COVID-19 pandemic has the U.S. Postal Service scrambling to come up with additional revenue.(Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolinians have been counting on their postal workers to deliver needed items during the pandemic, and now the U.S. Postal Service is asking residents to call their congressperson today about legislation that would provide $25 billion in COVID-19 relief for the national mail c

It's estimated more than a half million clean energy jobs in the United States have been lost this year because of the coronavirus pandemic. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Duke Energy remains the region's leader in installed solar capacity, but can no longer claim to have half of all the solar in the Southeast, according to a new report by Southern Alliance for Clean Energy. Bryan Jacob, the group's solar program director, co-authored the research.

Researchers estimated 18.9 billion pounds of glyphosate, the key ingredient in the weed killer Roundup, have been used globally. (Adobe Stock)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The German company Bayer has agreed to shell out around $10 billion to around 95,000 plaintiffs who alleged that glyphosate, the key ingredient in its Roundup weed killer, gave them cancer. Roundup originally was developed by Monsanto in the early 1970s. Bayer bought the company i

Two union members and tobacco workers on a North Carolina farm. (Farm Labor Organizing Committee)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- A labor union representing more than 9,000 farmworkers says the coronavirus pandemic has made working conditions worse for migrant laborers on North Carolina tobacco farms. The Farm Labor Organizing Committee, AFL-CIO, is calling on the multi-billion-dollar corporations that purc

Rainwater from Hurricane Florence washes out a bridge in Waxhaw, North Carolina. (Adobe Stock)<br />

RALEIGH, N.C. -- The Atlantic hurricane season starts Monday, and weather watchers warn it could be an active one. So, experts say funding for flood mitigation and resilient infrastructure must be a priority. Even with state resources stretched in the COVID-19 pandemic, progress can be made, say

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