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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 - CT: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

A Feeding America study estimates 42 million Americans may experience food insecurity this year, down from 45 million people who may have experienced it in 2020. (Adobe Stock)

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WALLINGFORD, Conn. - Today is World Hunger Day, and as the U.S. recovers from the pandemic, food banks in places like Connecticut say there's greater awareness now of the prevalence of food-insecurity - although it was an issue long before COVID-19. 2019 data from the U.S. Department of Agricultur

Food banks face an added challenge after this week's expiration of unemployment benefits that had been increased because of COVID-19. (eldarnurkovic/Adobe Stock)

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HARTFORD, Conn. -- The Connecticut Food Bank is dealing with a series of challenges causing spikes in hunger across the state. Paul Shipman, senior director of marketing, communication and government relations for the Food Bank, said partnering agencies and pantries saw a 40% jump in visits when th

In 2019, Connecticut Food Bank distributed food to help provide almost 22.5 million meals. (Tatiana Atamaniuk/Adobe Stock)

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WALLINGFORD, Ct. — In Connecticut, one 1-in-9 adults and 1-in-6 children go to bed hungry, but through donations and the work of volunteers, they can still have a bountiful Thanksgiving. In Wallingford today, Coast Guard volunteers are among those helping prepare orders and load trucks to dist

Proposed federal and state budget cuts are jeopardizing programs such as Meals on Wheels, in Connecticut and across the country. (Dwight Burdette/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Proposed state and federal budget cuts threaten Connecticut's most vulnerable residents. That's the message service providers and customers took to Harford on Thursday. Gov. Dannel Malloy wants to cut funding for the Human Services Infrastructure Community Action Program by 20 per

The Summer Food Service Program is open to all children 18 and younger. (Amanda Mills, USCDCP/public-domain-image.com)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - The end of the school year doesn't mean low-income children need to go hungry. Thousands of children in Connecticut rely on free and reduced-price meals at school for a big part of their daily nutrition. But many families don't realize that federally-funded meals for children are a

Analysis of canned foods found 67 percent of the cans tested had BPA in the lining. (King of Hearts/Wikimedia Commons)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - Chemicals in the linings of most food cans may be dangerous to consumers. That's the finding of a new report just released by six nonprofit groups. They tested nearly 200 cans from 19 states distributed to some major retailers by producers including Campbell's, Del Monte and Gene

The bill would remove criminal history questions from job applications. (Kathryn Decker/flickr.com)

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NEW HAVEN, Conn. - The General Assembly is considering a bill that would remove barriers to employment for people with criminal records. Most job applications have a little box to check off to indicate that an applicant has a criminal conviction, and that's usually as far as the application goes.

114,000 Connecticut children live in poverty. (Amanda Mills, USCDCP/public-domain-image.com)

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HARTFORD, Conn. - New analysis shows that despite increases during the recession, the share of Connecticut's budget going to children has declined. According to Derek Thomas, a fiscal policy fellow at Connecticut Voices for Children, the poverty rate for children in the state is higher than ever at

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