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    PNS Daily News - January 30, 20150 


    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; the Keystone Pipeline Bill could be on President Obama’s desk by next week for an expected veto; the U.S. Senate on the verge of addressing veteran suicide—and Super Bowl Sunday safety tips—why you should know your TV tipping point.

Public News Service - North Carolina

PHOTO: A five-year draft plan for offshore oil drilling was released Tuesday by the Obama Administration, including North Carolina. Opponents say drilling could put the state’s national heritage at risk. Photo credit: Waldo Jaquith/Flickr

RALEIGH, N.C. - President Obama's proposal to open the North Carolina coast to oil and gas drilling is drawing opposition from some communities and conservation groups. A five-year draft proposal to allow oil drilling in the Atlantic Ocean was released Tuesday, and federal leaders have said it coul...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: Fast food chain McDonald's says it is updating its purchasing policies this year after the U.S. Public Interest Research Group called upon to the company to stop purchasing meat from animals raised using antibiotics. Photo credit: Elliot Lowe/Flickr.

RALEIGH, N.C. - The company known for its iconic "Golden Arches" is being asked to make its burgers, chicken nuggets and other menu items antibiotic-free. It's estimated nearly 70 percent of all antibiotics sold in the U.S. are used in raising livestock and poultry. McDonald's sells more than one b...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: Ann Grier of Gaining Ground Farm farms land protected by agricultural conservation easement through the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy. Photo courtesy of SAHC.

RALEIGH, N.C. - As the interest in locally-produced foods grows, an increasing number of young people are looking to make a living farming the land. Allison Kiehl, farmland stewardship and sustainability director with the Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, says there is a great need in ...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: $20 million has been allocated in North Carolina for the installation of home energy-efficiency measures to reduce energy costs for low-income families. Photo credit: USMC/Wikimedia Commons.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Thousands of low-income North Carolinians are getting some help staying warm during the chilly winter months. Twenty-two agencies and nonprofits are providing home energy-efficiency measures for eligible families through the Duke Energy Helping Home Fund. The North Carolina Community...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: Events around the United States today mark the fifth anniversary of the controversial U.S. Supreme Court "Citizens United" ruling that increased some political campaign donation limits. Photo credit: FutUndBeidl/Flickr.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Protest events are planned around the nation today to mark the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling removed limits on the amount of money an independent organization can spend on political campaigns. The result, said Adam Sotak, state...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: The debate over expanding Medicaid in North Carolina continues. Some top state lawmakers last week indicated they are not interested in expansion, but Gov. Pat McCrory recently met with President Barack Obama to discuss possible options. Photo courtesy of the NC Museum of History.

RALEIGH, N.C. – Despite opposition from some state lawmakers, Medicaid expansion is not off the table in North Carolina. At the start of the 2015 legislative session last week, Senate Pres. Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Tim Moore (R-Cleveland) both dismissed the idea of expans...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: Service projects are being held around the state Monday to honor the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Photo courtesy of the United Way of the Greater Triangle.

RALEIGH, N.C. – The life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. will be remembered and honored today through acts of service in North Carolina and around the country. The federal holiday became a national day of service in 1994. Samantha Warfield, a spokeswoman for the Corporation for Na...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: A hearing is set for this morning at a federal courthouse in Brownsville, Texas, as North Carolina and two-dozen other states seek to halt President Obama's executive action on immigration. Photo credit: McConnors/Morguefile.

RALEIGH, N.C. – North Carolina is among states involved in the national battle over immigration reform, with a court hearing today in Texas on a lawsuit filed over President Barack Obama's executive action. About two dozen states, including North Carolina, are seeking an injunction against t...Read More

Public News Service - NC

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