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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

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Childhood obesity rates have dropped in the past five years in Southern California, according to a recent report. The study from Kaiser Permanente found that obesity rates fell by 1.6 percent and the number of overweight children decreased by 2.2 percent. Part of the credit goes to programs such as

Cactus pads, or nopales, are part of a state crackdown on pesticide-tainted produce. Courtesy of California Dept. of Pesticide Regulation.

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SAN FRANCISCO - A half dozen small Asian and Hispanic grocers in California will have to pay fines of $10,000 to $20,000 each for selling imported produce tainted with residue from illegal pesticides. Charlotte Fadipe, spokesperson with the California Department of Pesticide Regulation, announced

PHOTO: A new report shows one in five needy children in California gets free meals in the summer. Communities are coming together to expand the program. Photo credit: Jan Fidler/Morguefile.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Nearly one in five low-income children in California gets free meals in the summer – a better rate than the one in six who receive summer lunches nationally. That's according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) that finds that 80 percent

PHOTO: A volunteer at a Share Our Selves food bank is part of the integrated care approach at many California community health centers. Photo courtesy of Share Our Selves.

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ANAHEIM, Calif. - Community Health Centers now are the primary point of care for more than 23 million Americans - with 1,000 clinics in California alone. Many centers are using an integrated care model that takes into account the person's life as a whole, not just their medical concerns. Some have

PHOTO: California lawmakers are considering a new tax on sugar-sweetened beverages that would raise an estimated $3 billion a year to pay for anti-diabetes programs. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer/Morguefile.

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The price of soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages could go up in the Golden State if a new tax being considered in Sacramento is approved. The measure could mean paying an additional $1.34 for a two-liter bottle of soda. The Assembly Committee on Health is expected t

PHOTO: A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation provides a more accurate picture of how societal safety net programs are helping families. Photo credit: U.S. Agency for International Development.

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OAKLAND, Calif. - One in four California children is living in poverty, but according to a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, those numbers would be much higher without federal safety net programs and tax subsidies. The report, Measuring Access to Opportunity in the United States, uses

GRAPHIC: A new report on Summer Nutrition Programs shows California and several other states doing a better job of helping kids stay nourished and healthy while school is out for the summer. Photo credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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SAN FRANCISCO - School may be out for the summer, but hunger doesn't take a vacation. A new report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) finds more low-income California kids are now getting meals during the summertime which they ordinarily would receive when school is in session. The Sum

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Californians are honoring the birthday of the late civil rights and farm labor leader Cesar Chavez. According to California Assembly Speaker pro tem Nora Campos, Cesar Chavez Day today recognizes his work fighting for the rights of some of society's most vulnerable members. "As

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