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PNS Daily Newscast - October 19, 2018 


Senator Corker demands the Trump administration share intelligence on the killing of a Washington Post columnist. Also on the Friday rundown: groups sue over the Texas border wall plan; and the soggy summer in some states may lead to higher pumpkin prices for Halloween.

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Public News Service - NC: Energy Policy

The Thomason family of Charlotte added home solar panels earlier this summer and already reports a decrease in its electric bill. (Courtesy of Bob Thomason)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Carolina electric bills are on the rise after the state Utilities Commission approved a rate increase this summer of about $1 a month for the average bill. With another scheduled increase in four years, solar companies are working with homeowners who've decided to com

The Dan River spill was the third-largest coal ash disaster in U.S. history. (U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service)

RALEIGH, N.C. – Environmental groups in North Carolina are figuring out their next move after the Trump Administration this week rolled back some Obama-era regulations regarding coal ash disposal. Acting EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler said the new rule will provide utilities and states mor

A profile of Chowan County and the potential positive impact wind energy may have on the community. (Southeastern Wind Coalition)

EDENTON, N.C. — North Carolina's farming communities are struggling after several seasons of extreme weather and unseasonable temperatures. There is one “crop” that could offer more consistent income - but they can't take advantage of it. The state currently has a moratorium on w

Charging stations like this one in Durham make it easier for drivers to keep on rolling in their electric vehicles. (NCDOTcommunications/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Sales of electric vehicles are on the rise - up 38 percent in 2016 and another 32 percent last year. A new report by the Environment North Carolina Research and Policy Center and the Frontier Group offered strategies for cities to meet the new demands for charging stations fo

Two eastern North Carolina counties received more than $640,000 in tax payments from the Amazon Wind Farm. (Avangrid Renewables)

BELVIDERE, N.C. – Money may not grow on trees, but it does on wind farms in North Carolina. This month, the Amazon Wind Farm paid the two counties it calls home – Perquimans and Pasquotank – $640,000. The tax revenue makes the farm, powered by Avangrid Renewables, both counties

Drilling off the coast of North Carolina is predicted to harm wildlife and discourage the tourism and fishing industry. (Michael Herzog/flickr)

BEAUFORT, N.C. – On Thursday, the Trump administration announced plans to open up Atlantic, Pacific, Gulf and Arctic waters to offshore drilling. If the Department of the Interior moves forward, it will be the biggest oil and gas lease sale ever. The news is initiating ripples of concern fro

The state is asking additional questions about a proposed natural gas pipeline that Duke Energy and Dominion Energy want to run through Virginia and North Carolina. (keifer.miller/flickr)

Correction: Resending to correct reach of pipeline. RALEIGH, N.C. -- A pipeline that would carry natural gas across North Carolina and Virginia faces another delay in the Tar Heel State, as Department of Environmental Quality officials ask another round of questions about the risks and benefits of

Advocates say Eastern North Carolina stands to gain the most from wind power, since landowners can lease land for more money than they can make in farming. (Jeff Kubina/Flickr)

JACKSONVILLE, N.C. -- North Carolina's wind farm development is in a holding pattern, with three projects stalled because of legislation passed this summer that places a moratorium on wind farms until the state can study the effects of wind farms on its military installations. Clean energy advocat

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