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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2021 


A diverse group of supporters is speaking up for Tracy Stone-Manning as director of the U-S Bureau of Land Management; GOP sinks voting right measure.


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The White House kicks off a child tax credit promotional blitz, Senator Schumer will call for a debate on election reform, and New York City gives ranked voting a shot for its mayoral primary.

Public News Service - AZ: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOTO: Hundreds of families are expected to be impacted by Arizona lawmakers limiting welfare benefits to a one-year lifetime cap, making it the nation's shortest cap. Photo credit: Gov. Doug Ducey.

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PHOENIX - It appears Arizona will have the nation's shortest lifetime cap on welfare benefits after state lawmakers approved action limiting it to one year. The Arizona Department of Economic Security will implement the policy change to the "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" (TANF) program

PHOTO: The Children's Action Alliance is calling on political candidates in Arizona to focus on hunger and other issues affecting kids as they seek office in the general election this November. Photo credit: Pima County Public Library.

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PHOENIX - As election season kicks into high gear in Arizona, there are calls for political candidates to focus on children's issues. Julie Bacon is a consultant with Children's Action Alliance, which is sponsoring an event in Scottsdale today promoting the "Healthy Packs" program. She says 10 cand

PHOTO: The head of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, Ginny Hildebrand, is retiring after a quarter century of guiding the growth of the statewide food banking network. CREDIT: AAFB.

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PHOENIX – The head of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, Ginny Hildebrand, is stepping down after guiding development of a statewide food banking network that "kept hunger at bay" during the Great Recession. Hildebrand says the non-profit organization has grown to include nearly 1,600 fo

PHOTO: The average American throws out about 20 pounds of food a month, which ends up costing $300 to $500 a year. Photo credit: John Michaelson

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PHOENIX – With hundreds of millions of people around the globe hungry and the problem only expected to get worse, one new focus in Arizona and other states is on how to reduce food waste. Professor Jon Foley, director of the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota, says

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PHOENIX - Citing statistics which show that an estimated 175,000 Arizona seniors face hunger every day, AARP has launched the "Drive to End Hunger" campaign to raise awareness of the issue and begin to fix the problem. The tough economy since 2007 has had a serious impact on senior nutrition, says

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PHOENIX, Ariz. - The U.S. House Agriculture Committee has voted to recommend cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $36 billion over 10 years, in line with GOP budget mandates to reduce spending. It also chose to cut only the former food stamp program, rather than trimming s

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PHOENIX - Ever since the Great Recession started four years ago, donations to Arizona's food banks have kept pace with the rising need for emergency food - until now. Terry Shannon, president of the St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, has seen a disturbing downward trend in food and financial contributi

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PHOENIX - Two groups often at odds over federal policies have issued a joint report identifying $1 trillion in potential spending cuts. The study comes as a congressional "super committee" begins its search for $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions. Serena Unrein, a public-interest advocate with Ariz

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