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PNS Daily Newscast - December 15, 2017 


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Public News Service - NC: Waste Reduction/Recycling

The waste created by coal-burning power plants, coal ash contains heavy metals and other toxic compounds. (Facing South)

PITTSBORO, N.C. – Duke Energy continues to look for a home for the millions of tons of coal ash generated by its coal-fired power plants, and part of their solution lies in abandoned slate and clay mines that dot the state map. On Monday, concerned citizens from Chatham and Lee Counties appe

North Carolinians generate thousands of pounds of electronics waste every year, and up until now a state program has facilitated the recycling of that material. (Morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. -- North Carolina companies and individuals for six years have participated in a program to recycle unwanted electronics to comply with a ban on electronics in landfills. On Tuesday, legislation that would reverse those efforts was scheduled for a vote in the state Senate but was remov

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

North Carolina voters will have the chance to weigh in on the Connect NC bond referendum on the March 15 primary ballot. (kconnors/morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – In less than two months at the March 15th primary, North Carolina voters will have their say on a bond referendum that supporters say would offer much-needed funding for the university and community college systems, National Guard, state parks and water and sewer systems. The

Environmental advocates want to see solar energy as a part of the Tar Heel State's response to the EPA's Clean Power Plan. (pedrojperez/morguefile)

WILMINGTON, N.C. - Today the final public hearing takes place in North Carolina on the topic of the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. The hearings are organized by Gov. McCrory's administration. Members of the community are expected in Wilmington to ask the state to include rene

Photo: Duke Energy announced plans to retire Asheville's Lake Julian coal-fired power plant and build a natural gas and solar generation facility. Photo credit: Asheville Beyond Coal

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - In four-to-five years North Carolina will have one less coal-fired power plant. Duke Energy on Tuesday announced plans to retire Asheville's 376-megawatt coal plant. It's something the Beyond Coal campaign has sought for the last five years and senior representative Kelly Martin

Photo: Aerial view of UNC Animal Research Facility, Courtesy: Preserve Rural Orange

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - Today is the deadline for the University of North Carolina to respond to a request from the state's Division of Water Quality to disclose pollutants and chemicals being disposed of from the school's animal research facility in southwest Orange County. Laura Streitfeld, spokeswom

PHOTO: As they work to keep their congregations closer to a higher power, more and more North Carolina places of worship are turning to solar power to save money on electricity bills.

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - The record-breaking heat experienced around North Carolina in recent days actually has a silver lining for some of the state's places of worship. A handful are now using solar panels to sell back energy to the electric grid, and many others are considering such a move. The First

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