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PNS Daily News - September 20, 2017 


We're covering stories from around the globe including: Republican House leaders say they're ready to pass a new health care bill; Hurricane Maria targets Puerto Rico; and a new list highlights areas that are 'Too Wild to Drill.'

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PETALUMA, Calif. — As Congress struggles to make the health care system more cost-effective, local Community Health Centers are already doing their part, with a focus on prevention instead of treatment of illness. Studies show that close to half of people's health status is directly related

Convenience stores may stop accepting Electronic Benefit Transfer cards (SNAP) if a proposed USDA rule goes into effect. (Steve Shepard/iStockphotos)

LOS ANGELES – Your local convenience story may no longer accept cards for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program if a new rule proposed by the U.S. Department of Agriculture goes into effect. Opponents expect the matter to come up at a hearing on the SNAP program today in the U.S. Hou

Workers from Taylor Farms, a supplier for Chipotle, protested Thursday at two of the chain's California restaurants. (Teamsters Joint Council 7)

SACRAMENTO - Adding to Chipotle's woes, workers from one of its suppliers protested at two California restaurant locations on Thursday, alleging food safety and labor violations - not by Chipotle, but by the supplier. About 40 workers from Taylor Farms, which is based in Tracy, picketed at Chipotl

The California state Senate will consider a bill regulating certain pesticides that are linked to widespread bee deaths. (Pesticide Action Network of North America)

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A new bill aims to slow the collapse of bee colonies by making certain pesticides available only to trained professionals and by requiring seeds and plants sold in nurseries to carry labels if they are treated with the toxic chemicals. Senate Bill 12-82, the Pollinator Protecti

Child eating a sandwich at school. Credit: fidlerjan/morguefile

Childhood obesity rates have dropped in the past five years in Southern California, according to a recent report. The study from Kaiser Permanente found that obesity rates fell by 1.6 percent and the number of overweight children decreased by 2.2 percent. Part of the credit goes to programs such as

Cactus pads, or nopales, are part of a state crackdown on pesticide-tainted produce. Courtesy of California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation.

SAN FRANCISCO - A half dozen small Asian and Hispanic grocers in California will have to pay fines of $10,000 to $20,000 each for selling imported produce tainted with residue from illegal pesticides. Charlotte Fadipe, spokesperson with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, announced

PHOTO: A new report shows one in five needy children in California gets free meals in the summer. Communities are coming together to expand the program. Photo credit: Jan Fidler/Morguefile.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Nearly one in five low-income children in California gets free meals in the summer – a better rate than the one in six who receive summer lunches nationally. That's according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) that finds that 80 percent

PHOTO: A volunteer at a Share Our Selves food bank is part of the integrated care approach at many California community health centers. Photo courtesy of Share Our Selves.

ANAHEIM, Calif. - Community Health Centers now are the primary point of care for more than 23 million Americans - with 1,000 clinics in California alone. Many centers are using an integrated care model that takes into account the person's life as a whole, not just their medical concerns. Some have

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