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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 - CA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

The Market Match program doubles CalFresh dollars that recipients can spend at farmers' markets, which benefits the farmers as well as the shoppers. (Ecology Center)

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BERKELEY, Calif. - As budget negotiations continue in Sacramento, hunger-fighting advocates are asking state lawmakers to put $20 million toward a program that helps get fresh fruits and vegetables to low-income families. "Market Match" gives people who rely on CalFresh a dollar-for-dollar match, g

If passed, the Food4All legislation would expand food assistance to low-income Californians regardless of their immigration status, starting in January 2023. (Ladyheart/Morguefile)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Today, lawmakers in Sacramento consider funding for a bill to open up the state food assistance program to all needy Californians, regardless of their immigration status. The Senate Budget Subcommittee on Health and Human Services will decide whether to approve funds for the "

Organizers of the African Marketplace and Drum Circle Farmers Market in South Los Angeles say they're struggling to get an annual permit. (Writtenvision)

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SOUTH LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Groups that fight hunger want local government to step in and make sure all Californians have access to fresh produce at neighborhood grocery stores and farmer's markets - and they point to South Los Angeles as a good place to start. The Crenshaw area lost one grocery st

The Market Match program gives people who qualify for food assistance an extra $10 to spend at farmer's markets.(SEE-LA)

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LOS ANGELES -- The fight against "food apartheid" in California got a boost this week as the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted to create a Food Justice Roundtable to explore ways to reduce hunger and make healthy food more accessible. One program doing just that is called Market Match,

At a drive-up distribution, a Save the Children staff member hand-delivers food to children and families. (Shawn Millsaps/Save the Children)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- COVID-19 has caused a big spike in poverty, and now California has the country's highest number of children experiencing hunger with 2.2 million kids living in food-insecure households, where at least one family member does not have enough to eat. Tamara Sandberg, advisor for

A volunteer with Save The Children hands out school supplies in California as part of the RISE initiative. (Shawn Millsaps/Save the Children)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- Before the pandemic, one in five children in California lived with hunger. Now, it's one in four, so the media company Discovery, Inc. is partnering with nonprofits to feed millions of kids and make sure their basic needs are met. Alexa Verveer, executive vice president of pub

Advocates say 1 in 4 California households is housing insecure, meaning they are not certain they can pay the rent or mortgage next month. (Dodgerton Skillhause)

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- California families of color are bearing the brunt of the pandemic while also working many of the jobs essential to the economy, so advocates are urging the U.S. Senate to make sure their basic needs are met. The House passed the $3 trillion HEROES Act in May, but the Senate

Long-beaked common dolphins are one species often caught in drift gillnets, which are being replaced on the West Coast with safer fishing gear. (Chad King/NOAA)

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LONG BEACH, Calif. - Dolphins, whales, sharks and sea lions on the West Coast may be less likely to die in fishing nets now that authorities have approved a new type of fishing gear. The Pacific Fishery Management Council voted Tuesday to approve deep-set buoy gear to replace the huge drift gillnets

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