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PNS Daily News - May 23, 2017 


A deadly attack at a pop concert in England; the President urges peace in the Middle East; and a Supreme Court win for voting rights advocates. Details on those stories in today's news.

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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

Supporters of GMO labeling urge passage of a law in New York. (GMOFreeNY.net)

NEW YORK - A bill just approved by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee could kill state laws requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods, or GMOs, including a bill now pending in New York. Opponents call it the "Deny Americans the Right to Know" or DARK Act. Stacie Orell, director of t

Advocates say 90 percent of Americans want mandatory GMO labeling. (Alexis Baden-Mayer/flickr.com)

NEW YORK - A bill requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, has cleared its first hurdle in the state Assembly. Despite serious opposition from retailers and agricultural industries, the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection approved the measure Tuesd

Cutting people off SNAP is expected to put added pressure on food banks and soup kitchens. (USDA/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - The improvements in the national economy mean about 51,000 New Yorkers will soon lose access to food stamps, or SNAP benefits. New York is one of 23 states where federal waivers that expanded access to SNAP are ending. That means many able-bodied single adults, ages 18 to 49 and with no

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