• N Carolina's Earth Day: Invasive species out, clean power in

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    RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) - Environmentalists are honoring Mother Earth and discussing the work ahead to protect it.

    North Carolina Earth Day events to demonstrate support for environmental protection are scheduled Monday in Raleigh, Charlotte, Winston-Salem and Asheville. Pilot Mountain State Park in Stokes County is organizing volunteers to help dig up or cut out invasive plants crowding out local species.

    People who want to see a day when all the energy used is generated by sources like wind, water and sun are gathering at North Carolina State University.

    Renewable energy has grown fast, with the country producing nearly eight times more solar and wind power than in 2007. Legislation in the state's General Assembly would pick up the pace of change, with a goal of North Carolina operating fully on clean energy by 2050.

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