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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


What's next following the FCC vote to end net neutrality, we have a pair of reports; also on our Friday rundown; we'll let you know why adolescents in foster care need opportunities to thrive; and steps you can take to avoid losing your holiday loot.

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Public News Service - NC: Animal Welfare

Ruby Red-throated hummingbirds are among the pollinators traveling through North Carolina during the fall in need of pollinating plants to help them survive their journey south. (Evangelio Gonzalez/Flickr)

NEBO, N.C. – Cooler temperatures and changing leaves in North Carolina can make it easy to forget that there's still some wildlife depending on the plants in yards and gardens. You might say some pollinators - like hummingbirds and Monarch butterflies - are getting by on "a wing and a prayer"

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is taking public comment on the future of the Red Wolf Recovery Program. (Valerie/Flickr)

COLUMBIA, N.C. — North Carolinians are being asked to weigh in on the future of a landmark program responsible for bringing an animal back from near extinction. The Red Wolf Recovery Program has been in operation for more than 30 years, but the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has taken steps

Other states in the Southeast are seeing cases of avian influenza, prompting the North Carolina agricultural community to remain vigilant. (IAEA Imagebank/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. — Another case of bird flu has been confirmed in the Southeast this week - this time in Georgia. It follows a reported case in Tennessee earlier this month. Avian influenza is a virus that occurs naturally in wild birds, but can infect domestic poultry. There have been some rar

Red wolves are being mistaken by some hunters for coyotes, a problem made worse as deer season picks up in North Carolina. (Land Between the Lakes/flickr.com)

COLUMBIA, N.C. – Deer hunting, a sporting tradition enjoyed by thousands of people in North Carolina, is underway in most parts of the state, but conservation groups are concerned that one endangered animal is getting caught in the crossfire. Red wolves, who live in the eastern parts of the

Red wolf populations have been reduced in recent years because of policy changes, hunting and human threats. (B. Bartel/USFWS)

COLUMBIA, N.C. - They're an animal often overlooked when considering the state's prized wildlife, but for decades the endangered red wolf has called North Carolina home. Once close to extinction, federal and state efforts had grown the population to 100 wolves living in the wild. That's until recent

North Carolina's butterflies and other pollinators such as bees and hummingbirds are impacted by industrial and agricultural development. (Angelique Hjarding)

CHARLOTTE, N.C. – North Carolina's Butterfly Highway isn't going to shorten your nightly commute, but it will make it more scenic. The project began a year ago in the Charlotte area as an effort to increase the network of pollinator habitats in the community, and make it easier for butterfli

PHOTO: North Carolina wildlife groups are concerned a proposal to transfer management of captive deer and elk from the Wildlife Resources Commission to the Department of Agriculture could increase the risk of disease. Photo credit: Larry Smith/Flickr.

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina wildlife groups are urging lawmakers to hit the 'pause' button on legislation they say would change the management of captive deer and elk. The Farm Act of 2015, recently passed by the state Senate, would switch authority for captive deer from the Wildlife Resou

Photo: A bill now sits on Gov. Pat McCrory's desk that critics say could impact undercover investigations at daycare and nursing home facilities, in addition to factory farms. Photo credit: anitapeppers/morguefile.com

RALEIGH, N.C. – A bill (H405) commonly referred to as an ag gag bill now sits on Gov. Pat McCrory's desk, waiting on him to sign or veto the legislation. While the bill has made headlines for its potential impact on whistle-blower investigations on factory farms, critics maintain the broad l

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