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    PNS Daily News - December 19, 20140 

    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; President Obama reported to be ready to take executive actions concerning Cuba; North Carolina marks another year without an execution; and Congress makes it easier for people with disabilities to save.

Public News Service - North Carolina

PHOTO: Henry McCollum spent 30 years on death row before being exonerated of his crime and released. Photo courtesy of Jenny Warburg.

RALEIGH, N.C. - The close of 2014 marks eight years since North Carolina has executed a person on death row. That's also the national trend, according to a new report by the Death Penalty Information Center. This year, three inmates were sentenced to death in North Carolina, far less than at a peak ...Read More

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PHOTO: As part of the EPA's 'Local Foods, Local Places' initiative, Rutherford County was able to relocate its farmers' market to the Florence Mill property in Forest City. Photo courtesy of NC Extension Service

ROCKY MOUNT, N. C. — Christmas came early this month for the community of Rocky Mount. It will receive assistance from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to establish a new farmers' market and develop urban community gardens at former brownfield sites. It's part of the agency's Local F...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: Scammers are finding plenty of ways to part unsuspecting shoppers from their money this season. Experts recommend using extra caution when making online purchases. Photo credit: Don Hankins/

RALEIGH, N.C. - While the holidays are a time of giving, experts say con artists are ready to take whatever they can from unsuspecting North Carolinians. Whether consumers are shopping in person or online, said Amy Nofziger with the AARP Fraud Watch Network, scammers are getting smarter, and some o...Read More

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PHOTO: Holiday family gatherings can be fun for some, but for others they can be stressful and unpleasant. Mental health experts say it's okay to pace yourself and even say "no" to some situations you know will be sources of conflict. Photo credit: Steel Wool/Flickr.

RALEIGH, N.C. - While the holidays are a happy time for many, the stress associated with family obligations and dynamics can be a "lump of coal" in the Christmas stockings for some. According to the American Psychological Association, fatigue and stress are the top sources of negative feelings duri...Read More

Public News Service - NC

Photo: Farmer Craig Watts and Leah Garces with the group Compassion in World Farming survey Watts' chickens he raises as a contractor for Perdue Farms. Photo courtesy: Compassion in World Farming

FAIRMONT, N.C. – It's a real life case of David versus Goliath. A North Carolina chicken farmer is speaking out against the practices of one of the country's largest poultry producers – Perdue Farms. Earlier this month, farmer Craig Watts of Fairmont released a video, shot with the h...Read More

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PHOTO: Another skirmish in the abortion battle? Some in North Carolina are concerned that the public comment period on new DHHS rules for clinics that perform abortions will fuel the longtime debate on the topic. Photo credit: Larryography/

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. – The future of reproductive health in North Carolina is in the hands of the general public. This month, the North Carolina Department of Health (DHHS) and Human Services proposed new regulations for abortion clinics and now the public has an opportunity to comment. If 10...Read More

Public News Service - NC

PHOTO: Macon County fifth- and sixth-grade students gain hands-on education in migration patterns and butterflies at the Tessentee Bottomland Preserve. Photo credit: Land Trust for the Little Tennessee.

FRANKLIN, N.C. - A group of students in one North Carolina community is 'a-flutter' about land conservation, thanks to a tiny winged species. For the past five years, fifth- and sixth-grade students in Macon County have collected data on butterflies at the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee's Tess...Read More

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PHOTO: This shopping play set is among two dozen toys named as potential hazards for children in the latest annual Trouble in Toyland report. Photo courtesy of U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

RALEIGH, N.C. - Before filling the stockings of little loved ones this holiday season, gift givers might want to check out a new annual report that lists potential toy dangers to watch out for. Pam Clough, campaign organizer with the U.S. Public Interest Research Group (PIRG), says they've released ...Read More

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