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PNS Daily Newscast - August 17, 2017 


On our nationwide rundown; President Trump disbands two economic councils as CEO’s resign in protest; we will tell you why Iowa, like Trump, has bias issues; plus land trusts are a prime spot to view Monday’s solar eclipse.

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Public News Service - NY: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Sam Clovis is a talk-show host and former advisor to the Trump campaign. (Alex Hanson/Flickr)

NEW YORK – A leading scientific organization says President Donald Trump's nominee to be chief scientist at the U.S. Department of Agriculture is unqualified. Sam Clovis is a conservative radio talk-show host and a former advisor to the Trump presidential campaign. He's also a vocal denier o

The president's proposed budget boosts defense spending while cutting social safety-net programs. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

NEW YORK – An annual gathering of mayors from around the country is calling on Congress to reverse course by moving funding out of the military budget and into human and environmental needs. The U.S. Conference of Mayors on Monday unanimously passed three resolutions opposing deep cuts in so

Nearly 83 percent of SNAP households have children, seniors or people with disabilities. (USDA/Flickr)

NEW YORK - President Trump's budget, according to many advocates for the poor, would make Americans weaker, sicker and hungrier. The $4.1 trillion budget boosts military spending and doles out huge tax breaks, paid for by cuts to programs om which millions of low-income Americans rely to survive. A

President Trump's preliminary budget proposal trims $200 million from the WIC program, a nutrition program for low-income mothers and children. (USDA/Flickr)

NEW YORK - President Trump's proposed budget is being called a "war on people in poverty" by some in New York. The administration's spending plan would slash the U.S. Department of Agriculture by $4.7 billion, a 21 percent cut. By cutting or eliminating programs that help poor and middle-income rur

In 2013-2015, 46 percent of food-insecure New Yorkers were also working. (USDA)

NEW YORK – An annual survey of demand at soup kitchens and food pantries across New York finds food insecurity has increased, including among people who have jobs. Right now, a full-time, minimum-wage worker with two children in New York earns an income below the federal poverty level. Accor

Free summer meals are available to kids younger than age 18 at schools, libraries, community centers and other locations. (USDA/Flickr)

NEW YORK - School may be out for the summer, but kids who rely on free and reduced-price meals at school don't have to go hungry. The federally funded Summer Food Service Program fills the food gap when schools are closed. In the five boroughs, said Triada Stampas, vice president for research and p

Bill sponsor Sen. Ken LaValle urges passage of his GMO labeling law on Tuesday. (Food and Water Watch)

ALBANY, N.Y. - Consumer advocates were in Albany on Tuesday, urging passage of a bill to require labeling of genetically modified foods before the legislative session ends. Advocates have maintained that the bill has the support of a majority in the Assembly and is sponsored by almost half of the s

An estimated 90 percent of Americans want labeling of GMO foods. (Alexis Baden-Mayer/flickr.com)

NEW YORK - States may yet be able to require labeling of genetically modified food products. A bill to ban required labeling of GMO foods was defeated in the U.S. Senate on Wednesday. Consumer advocates called it the DARK or "Deny Americans the Right to Know" Act. The vote was close, but the b

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