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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2021 


President Biden just signed a law declaring Juneteenth a federal holiday; and the first tropical storm system is forecast to make landfall in U.S. by end of the week.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


The U.S. marks a new national holiday; Republicans reject Sen. Joe Manchin's election reform compromise; and U.S. Supreme Court upholds Obamacare but strikes a blow to equal rights.

Public News Service - AR: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Arkansas now ranks sixth in the country for adult obesity rates, down from first place last year. (iStockimages)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Arkansas health officials are calling the state's slide to sixth place in the national adult obesity ranking a significant step in the 10-year plan, started last year, to improve residents' health. Officials were concerned last year when the annual obesity survey ranked Arkans

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

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Two bills to renew childhood nutrition programs are being debated by Congress, and advocates say if they are approved, it could become harder for schools to offer free meals to students in need. Under the microscope is the Community Eligibility Provision, which permits school s

A grant program is geared toward getting more Arkansas children to eat fresh food. (Virginia Carter)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Almost $17 million in grants are heading to organizations that help feed the hungry with the goal of getting low-income residents to eat healthier. The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance has been awarded $94,000 for a pilot program to let SNAP recipients double their benefits at far

Arkansas is the third leading producer of farm-raised catfish in the nation. (USDA)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Catfish farmers in Arkansas are fighting back against an effort to gut the country's only safety inspection program, saying it would be a threat to the American public. They also say it could hurt Arkansas' economy. The state is one of the top producers of farm-raised catfish in

Eight in 10 children who get free lunch at school don't participate in summer meal programs, according to Hunger Free America. (Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Eighty percent of the children who get free lunch at school don't participate in summer meal programs, mostly because their parents and guardians aren't aware of them, according to the anti-hunger group Hunger Free America. Joel Berg, the group's chief executive, is pushing the

Rice is Arkansas' number one crop, and opening up trade with Cuba could mean a boost to the state's economy. (USDA)

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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Human-rights issues and free elections continue to be at the forefront of the United States' tentatively renewed relationship with Cuba. President Obama visited the country recently and has taken some steps toward lifting the trade embargo, but that would need congressional appr

12,000 Arkansas able bodies adults will be cut off from the federal food stamp program on April 1st, and food pantries say they aren't ready. (dhhs.ne.gov)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The state estimates about 12,000 unemployed Arkansas residents will lose their food assistance benefits on April 1 because of reinstated work requirements. Benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will now be limited to three months for able-bodi

Some 290,000 Arkansas children quality for free or reduced-price lunch at school, and there's an effort under way to make sure they get breakfast too. (Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance)

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – More than 60 percent of Arkansas children qualify for free or reduced-price lunch at school, and there's an effort underway to provide them with breakfast as well. The Food Research and Action Center's School Breakfast Scorecard for the 2014-2015 school year shows Arkansa

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