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PNS Daily News - September 26, 2017 


Today’s news focuses on several issues including: a third Republican opposing the latest Obamacare repeal effort; a look at the safety of personal information on this Voter Registration Day; and U.S. crime still historically low despite a recent rise.

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Public News Service - NC: Energy Policy

The 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico caused billions in damage, and a similar accident is what opponents to oil and gas exploration fear. (Florida Sea Grant/flickr)

BEAUFORT, N.C. – Citizens have two more days to weigh in on restarting the process of offshore drilling on North Carolina's coast. The Trump administration announced it was restarting the process of oil and gas leases earlier this year after the Obama administration put those ocean areas off l

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

Two solar farms at First Baptist Church of Mount Olive are now generating enough to power a small town. (Nature Conservancy in North Carolina)

MOUNT OLIVE, N.C. – This Sunday, at least one North Carolina church will be thankful for the sunny weather of late. First Baptist Church of Mount Olive recently worked with a private company to construct two solar farms on its property - generating more than 20,000-megawatt hours of energy eve

Evidence of cancer-causing chemicals has been found downstream of Duke Energy power plants in North Carolia. (Momkay/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. — North Carolina water won't have additional exposure to a potentially dangerous chemical. Duke Energy is no longer petitioning the state for permission to use additional quantities of bromide in its coal plant operations. Bromide is a chemical that forms cancer-causing trihalo

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

Experts from the U.S. Department of Defense say wind farms in North Carolina will not interfere with national security or military training. (Avangrid Renewables)

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. - North Carolina's first wind farm continues to get blowback from state GOP lawmakers, who claim it could interfere with training at the state's military bases. Experts from the Navy, Coast Guard and Department of Defense have all argued that isn't the case, saying wind farms ca

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

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