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PNS Daily Newscast - August 17, 2017 


On our nationwide rundown; President Trump disbands two economic councils as CEO’s resign in protest; we will tell you why Iowa, like Trump, has bias issues; plus land trusts are a prime spot to view Monday’s solar eclipse.

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Public News Service - NC: Rural/Farming

Waterway restoration to repair damage from Hurricane Matthew is moving ahead because of a public-private partnership. (Hurricane Matthew/flickr)

WARSAW, N.C. – It's been a little over 10 months since Hurricane Matthew ravaged parts of North Carolina causing flooding in river basins across the state. Although the water has receded, the cleanup continues and the state is partnering with the nonprofit group Resource Institute to restore

Onshore wind farms offer a source of income for many of North Carolina's rural communities where the farming industry is struggling. (Jeff Kubina/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. – The wind energy potential for North Carolina may be stunted by a bill that now sits on Gov. Roy Cooper's desk for a signature. House Bill 589 includes an 18-month moratorium on on-shore wind development - which opponents say could have devastating effects on the industry. K

Farm workers are often paid for each bucket of kale they pick on North Carolina farms. (Dennis Amith/flickr.com)

ROSE HILL, N.C. – You might not look at your kale smoothie the same way again. Four migrant farmworkers recently settled a class action lawsuit against an eastern North Carolina farm. The farm workers alleged unsafe working conditions and wage theft as they picked kale and other vegetables

Hemp can be used to make fabrics, building materials and a variety of other products. (Betty B/flickr.com)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- North Carolina is poised to become a leader in a growing agribusiness - and all that’s standing in the way is the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency. Since 2014, states have been permitted to start pilot programs for hemp production. They've seen success in other southern states

Some North Carolina farmers are discovering that solar actually can help supplement needed income to keep their farms in operation. (Christine/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina has almost 5 million acres of farmland, but a new crop of solar installations popping up around the state has some concerned that renewable energy could make some of that land unavailable. Yet that's not the case according to a new study released by the North C

Elevated ozone levels were among the concerns shared by North Carolina climate leaders at the recent NC BREATHE Conference. (Kat/flickr.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina's scientists are doing anything but breathing easily about the future of the state's air quality as the Trump administration pursues the dismantling of the Clean Power Plan and other environmental regulations. And while rolling back rules regarding energy gener

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

A aerial view of Old Orchard Creek Farm in Ashe County is one example of land protected by land conservancy. (Old Orchard Creek)

FRANKLIN, N.C. – With less than two weeks to go before Christmas, North Carolinians are busy planning their holiday menus. And with hundreds of small farms around the state providing everything from eggnog to beef, groups hope folks go local when cooking this month. Many of the state's small

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