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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 - AZ: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

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PRESCOTT, Ariz. - Meal programs for older adults often are underfunded in the best of times, but when the pandemic hit Arizona and other states, the demand for nutrition assistance grew rapidly, stretching many social-service groups' budgets to the breaking point. But that may be changing, since Con

Hundreds of thousands of lost jobs due to the coronavirus pandemic have left many Arizonans unsure how they'll make their next rent or mortgage payment. (Elnur/Adobe Stock)

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GLENDALE, Ariz. -- The economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic appears to be hitting the most vulnerable Arizonans the hardest. Aside from finding food, many newly unemployed, low-wage workers are concerned about keeping a roof over their heads. When stay-at-home orders were issued in March

The addition of live operators to handle COVID-19 calls on the 211 Arizona help line might mean the service could be fully restored when the crisis is over. (AtstockProductions/Adobe Stock)

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PHOENIX, Ariz. -- There's some cautious optimism that a new COVID-19 referral service could restore the '211 Arizona' help line to full operation again. After losing most of its funding in 2008, the social services hotline has been only a digital phone tree with no live operators. And an anti-abor

A volunteer helps distribute groceries last week at the Help Yourself Food Co-op, held every Friday in Mesa. It is sponsored by United Food Bank, part of the Arizona Food Bank Network and Feeding America. (United Food Bank photo)

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MESA, Ariz. -- As the full effect of the coronavirus sets in, thousands of people in Arizona have been sent home from their jobs to wait out the pandemic. And without paychecks, many will need help putting food on the table. Because of that, the state's food banks are gearing up to provide more me

When you shop for groceries, do you know where to look in the store to find out about product recalls? A new report says most supermarkets do a poor job of sharing this information. (shock/Adobe Stock)

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PHOENIX -- Most Americans aren't hearing about food recalls, which could have serious repercussions for public health, according to a new report. The Arizona Public Interest Research Group Education Fund says the best place for people to find out about recalls is where they shop for groceries - but

Many lower-income Arizonans whose SNAP benefits are delayed could turn to local food banks for help. (@iheartcreative/Twenty20)

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PHOENIX - The federal government shutdown has ended, if only temporarily, but the hardships brought on Arizonans who receive food assistance may continue. During the five-week hiatus, funds for the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program were paid early to make su

Interfaith Thanksgiving this Sunday. Credit: Rev. David Felton, United Methodist Church

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PHOENIX - In the wake of the terrorist bombing in Paris, this weekend's Eighth Annual Interfaith Thanksgiving Dinner in Fountain Hills takes on a new role, that of bringing together a community riven by fears about Muslim immigrants from Syria. This week Governor Doug Ducey demanded the feds stop

The state of Arizona says the fish in the Gila River and its tributaries are safe to eat, removing a decades-old consumption advisory. Credit: Apollob66/iStockphoto.

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PHOENIX – For the first time in decades, fish in the Gila River and its tributaries are now safe to eat. That's according to the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality, which lifted a fish consumption advisory that had been in place for 24 years, mainly because farmers phased out toxic p

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