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PNS Weekend Newscast - August 19th, 2017 


Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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Public News Service - MA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Proposed SNAP food assistance cuts are likely to hit low-income seniors and people with disabilities hardest. (USDA)

BOSTON – President Donald Trump wants to take a $193 billion slice out of the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program over the next 10 years, and local advocates say seniors and Bay Staters with disabilities would be hardest hit by the proposal. Patricia Baker, a policy analyst at

Advocates say KFC's move makes sense given the global concern about the rise of antibiotic-resistant superbugs. (MASSPIRG)

BOSTON -- Consumer and public health advocates are applauding the latest pledge by a fast food chain to phase out its use of chickens raised on antibiotics. Kentucky Fried Chicken has announced that by the end of 2018, all chicken purchased by the company will be raised without having received any o

Local letter carriers will be scrambling on Saturday picking up nonperishable food donations for the nation's largest one-day annual food drive. (National Association of Letter Carriers)

BOSTON – Stamp Out Hunger is the nation's largest one-day, charitable food drive, and coming up this weekend, Bay Staters are expected to help out with millions of pounds of food, once again. Rick DiCecca, regional administrative assistant for the National Association of Letter Carriers, says

Supporters join Rep. Jay Livingstone, D-Boston, second from right, as lawmakers hold a hearing on a new measure to improve the well-being of hundreds of thousands of children in the Commonwealth. Courtesy: Health Care For All

BOSTON - There is no shortage of state agencies trying to battle health and housing issues in the Commonwealth, but a new bill says a lot more could be accomplished through coordination. Rep. Jay Livingstone, D-Boston, said the measure will help children and families by improving such things as acc

Para Educator Nancy Burke (r.) with student Taylor Warren. Courtesy: Massachusetts Teachers Association

BOSTON - A Massachusetts educator won national recognition this week for a garden project that enables high school students in wheelchairs to do some digging in the dirt. Nancy Burke, an education support professional at Haverhill High School, won top honors at the Bammy Awards this weekend. She s

Supporters are gathering petitions for a 2016 ballot initiative to curb farm animal confinement in Massachusetts. Courtesy: Humane Society of the United States.

BOSTON - People who are concerned about animal cruelty are hitting the streets gathering support for a 2016 Ballot Initiative to curb farm animal confinement in Massachusetts. Rob Halpin, director of public relations with MSPCA-Angell, says the majority of people, in the Commonwealth and the natio

A window of opportunity opens August 1 for high-needs school districts across the state to sign up for a program that offers universal free meals to all students in high-needs districts. Credit: USDA

BOSTON - A big window of opportunity opens August 1 for high-needs school districts to sign up for a program that provides universal free meals to all students. Patrick Roach, chief financial officer with Springfield Public Schools, says they signed up for the Community Eligibility Provision last

SNAP coordinator Beth Zambia talks with a veteran at the Soldier On shelter in Leeds. At least 26,000 low-income veterans rely on SNAP benefits in the Commonwealth. Courtesy: Food Bank of Western Massachusetts.

BOSTON - As Massachusetts gets ready for Independence Day, local hunger-fighting advocates say it's a good time to remember tens of thousands of veterans in the state who must rely on federal benefits to put food on their tables. While most people have been making summer plans, says Pat Baker, seni

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