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PNS Daily News - April 25, 2017 


Today’s rundown includes a variety of topics including: the White House might consider a border wall compromise to avoid a government shutdown: Pennsylvania lawmakers consider denying the public access to police cam video; and a look at the important role DNA plays in our lives.

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Public News Service - NC: Energy Policy

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

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

North Carolina's clean-energy potential could be impacted by the executive order President Trump signed on Tuesday that rolls back environmental protections. (Raymond Bosma/flickr.com)

HENDERSONVILLE, N.C. – The executive order issued by President Trump on Tuesday: rolling back environmental protections with a purported effort to grow the economy, is predicted by some to have the opposite effect in North Carolina. With numerous reports highlighting the potential in the sta

A wind farm such as the one pictured here in Denmark soon may find a home off the coast of North Carolina. (United Nations Photo/flickr.com)

KITTY HAWK, N.C. -- It's the first step towards seeing wind turbines off the coast of North Carolina. Today, one of three available offshore wind energy leases will be offered at auction. The Kitty Hawk Wind Energy Area lies east of Currituck Sound about 24 nautical miles from the shore at its clo

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

A new report from the National Wildlife Federation highlights the vulnerabilities of North Carolina's coastline if global warming and sea level rise aren't addressed. (Jon Cain/flickr.com)

OUTERBANKS, N.C. — With 300 miles of shoreline, North Carolina is one of the states most vulnerable to sea-level rise. According to a report from the National Wildlife Federation, sea levels could rise by six feet or more by 2100 if steps aren't taken soon to cut greenhouse gas emissions and s

Offshore wind farms are likely along the coast of North Carolina, now that the federal government will make leases available. (morguefile.com)

WILMINGTON, N.C. - North Carolina is poised to become the next frontier for offshore wind energy. Late last week the U.S. Department of the Interior announced it will lease 122,000 acres off the coast of North Carolina. The lease area begins 24 miles off of the state's coastline, and offers unlimite

The Obama administration has abandoned plans to lease parts of the Outer Continental Shelf off the Atlantic Coast to offshore drilling companies. (SirDouglas/morguefile)

OUTER BANKS, N.C. - Along with a breath of ocean air, residents and businesses along the North Carolina coast might be breathing a sigh of relief. The Obama administration is dropping its plans for drilling off the Atlantic coast. Plans had been announced last year to lease parts of the Outer Conti

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