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Here's what we're covering.....Another Republican has come out against President Trump's healthcare bill, advocates across the country are speaking out about the new GOP plan for healthcare, and actor Johnny Depp is apologizing for joking around the President Donald Trump should be assassinated

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Public News Service - NC: Consumer Issues

North Carolina's state Assembly is considering a bill that would limit net metering for residential and commercial property owners in the state. (Acid Pix)

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolina has more solar capacity than any state in the country with the exception of California, according to the Solar Energy Industries Association. But solar-energy advocates say it's a power source that could "go dark" if a bill quickly advancing through the state Assembly

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

Legislation proposed by Rep. Chuck McGrady, R-Henderson, would provide a legal designation for companies such as Earth Equity Advisors in Asheville. (Earth Equity Advisors)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Benefit Corporations - commonly known as B Corps - are growing in popularity in North Carolina and beyond. Certified by the non-profit, B Lab, the designation indicates that a company has met rigorous standards of social and environmental performance, accountability and trans

For the 10th year, a bill is before the State Assembly that would create a paid sick leave policy for private employers in the state. (Claus Rebler/flickr.com)

DURHAM, N.C. – For the past 10 years, various lawmakers have introduced legislation that would create a paid sick days policy for North Carolina workers. The Healthy Families and Workplaces Paid Sick Days Act has never seen a vote over the last decade in the State General Assembly, despite t

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

Raleigh ranks first among the fastest growing metropolitan areas in the country, yet a new report highlights the gap in philanthropic dollars to support the populations of southern cities. (James Willamor/flickr.com)

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – The South is home to some of the fastest growing communities in the country, including Raleigh, which ranks number one nationwide, yet philanthropic dollars have not followed the population shift, according to the first of a series of reports from Grantmakers for Southe

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

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

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