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PNS Daily News - June 28, 2017 


Here’s a look at what’s making headlines: Republicans scramble after a vote on health care delayed; a Clean Water Rule repeal comes under scrutiny; and a chemical in a common weed killer declared a carcinogen by California.

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Public News Service - TX: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

A Texas lawmaker is seeking to stop schools from “lunch shaming” or stigmatizing students who cannot pay for their cafeteria meals. (monkeybusiness/iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is joining New Mexico, California and other states in trying to prevent "lunch shaming" of children who can't pay for their food in a school cafeteria. Often, when a student's lunch account runs out of money, they're pulled out of line and given a cold sandwich or another

Texas schools have some of the highest participation levels in the School Breakfast Program compared to other states. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

WACO, Texas -- Texas is among the top states in the country for public school participation in the national School Breakfast Program. The 2017 School Breakfast Scorecard from the Food Research and Action Center ranked the Lone Star State eighth-best in the nation for the number of schools providing

A new USDA report says 1 in 6 Texas families struggles with food insecurity at some point during the year. (USDA photo)

AUSTIN, Texas – While the state's economy has improved in recent years, a new report says 1 in 6 Texas households still struggles to avoid hunger. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show more than 15 percent of households in the state experienced food insecurity in 2015, mean

Legislation currently under debate in Congress could force schools to reapply in order to participate in free meal programs. (USDA)

AUSTIN, Texas - Congress is considering legislation that would change a program that currently allows schools in high-poverty areas to offer free meals to all students. A bill in the House would tighten the rules for schools to qualify. Advocates say changes would affect the Community Eligibility pr

The nonprofit group Feeding Texas says too few low-income children are taking advantage of the state’s summer meals program. (iStockphoto)

AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas nonprofit organization that fights hunger is concerned that too few children have access to the state's daily summer food program. While food insecurity is on the rise in Texas, a recent report indicates that the number of children participating in the program has decreased

Drinking water for more than 82,000 Texans contains arsenic levels that exceed safe limits, and environmental groups say state officials aren’t doing enough to warn consumers. (AbelMitjaValeva/iStockphoto)<br /><br />

AUSTIN, Texas - Environmental groups want the federal government to tell Texas officials to do a better job of warning thousands of people their water is poisoned with arsenic. The Environmental Integrity Project issued a study in March showing since 2006, some 65 Texas community water systems ha

Climate change is likely to have far-reaching impacts on livestock and crops throughout the world, according to a new report. Credit: USDA

AUSTIN, Texas - Climate change will have a big impact on food security across the globe, but will hit the poor and people living in tropical regions the hardest according to a new international study presented at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris. Claudia Tebaldi, a scientist for the

Texas is stepping up efforts to make healthy, locally grown food available to its students. Credit: danny4stockphoto/iStockphoto

AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is stepping up efforts to make healthy, locally grown food available to its students. Three groups won grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week to strengthen a wide range of farm-to-school programs. Andrew Smiley, deputy director of the Sustaina

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