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PHOTO: Smoky Mountain High School in Jackson County will be the pilot site for Jackson County Schools' program to monitor the online activity of its students. Photo courtesy Jackson County Schools

SYLVA, N.C. - Who should be monitoring students' online activity? Traditionally, the answer is parents, but one North Carolina school system is employing a private company to monitor posts and "tweets" in what it describes as an effort to protect students' safety. Meanwhile, the ACLU of North Caroli...Read More

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PHOTO: Supporters of limits on carbon pollution say aggressive new regulations from the EPA will have significant health benefits. Detractors say new limits on coal-fired power plants will slow the economy. Both sides weigh in at EPA hearings this week. Photo credit: Aaron Hartley.

RALEIGH, N.C. - The Environmental Protection agency (EPA) is taking comments this week at a series of public hearings on proposed rules to cut carbon pollution from power plants by nearly one-third from 2005 levels. Supporters say the new regulations will save thousands of lives every year, while c...Read More

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PHOTO: The Land and Water Conservation Fund has helped fund more than 900 North Carolina conservation and recreation projects, including protecting land near Roan Mountain in western North Carolina. Photo courtesy Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy

RALEIGH, N.C. - Some members of Congress are calling for reauthorizing the Land and Water Conservation Fund, which officially turns 50 this week and is set to expire next year. Offshore oil and gas developers pay into LWCF, with the money divvied up among states for local recreation and conservatio...Read More

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PHOTO: Conservation groups warn that amphibians are at risk with a lack of protection from changes made to the Clean Water Act by Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Thousands of North Carolinians are joining forces to remind the federal government and their elected officials about the basic principles of gravity. More specifically, they want the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reinstate Clean Water Act rules that protect headwater str...Read More

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PHOTO: With demand continuing to rise for gluten-free foods, those with celiac disease are finding a variety of new options, but not all of them are equal. Some gluten-free products are high in sugars and fats, used to improve taste. Photo credit: Robert Couse Baker / Flickr.

RALEIGH, N.C. - "Gluten-free" products are taking up more and more shelf space in stores these days, reflective of consumer demand. And with the steady growth of the gluten-free industry, there are now several stores in North Carolina completely devoted to gluten-free foods. But Mary Waldner, the f...Read More

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PHOTO: Lennie Gerber (left), and her wife Pearl have been together for 48 years. They're among the plaintiffs in a suit challenging Amendment One. Courtesy: Gerber.

RICHMOND, Va. - When it comes to North Carolina's 'Marriage Amendment,' all eyes are on a Richmond, Va. courtroom. The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals could rule soon on a case challenging Virginia's ban on same-sex marriage. Because the Tarheel State is in the 4th Circuit, a ruling could impact ...Read More

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PED (Porcine Epidemic Diarrhea) sign informing public that the virus has been found on this North Carolina pig farm. Photo Courtesy of Waterkeeper Alliance.

NEW BERN, N.C. – Pigs continue to die in large numbers in North Carolina, and while pork producers work to stop the virus that's killing the animals, environmentalists are working to make sure the carcasses are disposed of properly. Larry Baldwin, the concentrated feeding operation coordinat...Read More

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GRAPHIC: A new report on Summer Nutrition Programs shows North Carolina and other states doing a better job of helping kids access nutritious food while school is out for the summer, but it also says more can be done. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

RALEIGH, N.C. - For thousands of North Carolina children, the joy of summer vacation may be overshadowed by the pangs of hunger. Statewide, about 85,000 kids received summer meals in 2013, according to a report from the Food Research and Action Center. But 626,000 free and reduced-price lunches are ...Read More

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