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PNS Daily Newscast - December 13, 2017 


Alabama elects Democrat Doug Jones to the U.S. Senate; also on our rundown; A court victory for tribes and environmental groups fighting uranium mining in the Grand Canyon; and Seattle appears headed towards a police accountability initiative for 2018.

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Public News Service - NC: Sustainable Agriculture

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"

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

Strata Solar in Raleigh has begun planting pollinator-friendly plants around the company's solar farms, including this one near Charlotte. (Strata Solar)

RALEIGH, N.C. — The growing number of solar farms in North Carolina require large tracts of land, and the areas around the solar panels must be free of tall vegetation. Now some local solar companies have found a way to not only produce energy, but also use the land to host pollen-producing pl

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

Storage ponds such as this one in the Lower Neuse basin contain agricultural waste, and environmental groups are concerned about the amount of waste seeping into area waterways and groundwater. (Graves)

NEW BERN, N.C. — The agriculture industry is one of the top contributors to the economy in North Carolina, but according to a new

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

Ridgefield Farm in Clay County, home of Brasstown Beef, is under an agricultural easement with the Mainspring Conservation Trust. (Mainspring)

BRASSTOWN, N.C. - Farmers' markets are in full swing across North Carolina, with tables full of locally-sourced produce, meats and crafts. In addition to water, sunshine and sweat equity to create the bounty of crops, land also is needed to meet the demand. That's what North Carolina's land trusts

Protesters in Oregon who took over federally owned buildings at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in Oregon to demand local control of public lands were arrested in a traffic stop on Tuesday. (U.S. Geological Survey/Wikimedia Commons)

RALEIGH, N.C. - One person is dead and the leader of the group occupying federal property in Oregon, Ammon Bundy, is under arrest, along with several fellow protesters. The FBI and local law enforcement agencies stopped the group Tuesday outside of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. Sportsmen

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