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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2021 


A diverse group of supporters is speaking up for Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of the Bureau of Land Management; GOP sinks key voting rights measure.


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Senate Republicans block a sweeping voting-rights bill; pandemic continues to take a toll on mental health; White House says U.S. will miss its July 4 target for 70% adult vaccination; Supreme Court rules against NCAA.

Public News Service - FL: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOTO: A new report finds 86 percent of eligible children in Florida don't get free summer lunches. Photo credit: morguefile/fidlerjan
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Eighty-six percent of children in Florida who qualify for a free or reduced-price lunch in summer don't participate, according to a report recently released by the Food Research and Action Center. Debra Susie, president and chief executive of Florida Impact, who runs the state's

Photo: Florida's honeybee population is increasing, while bees in other parts of the country are declining. Photo credit: kakisky/morguefile.com

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GAINESVILLE, Fla. - While the rest of the country battles declining bee populations, Florida is doing something right, according to apiary experts in the state. Department of Agriculture officials say the number of beehives has increased from 900 to 3,600 in the past eight years. David Westervelt,

PHOTO: Citrus fruit infected with canker is too unsightly to be sold, and the bacterium that causes it weakens the trees and makes their leaves and fruit drop prematurely. Photo courtesy of  http://www.aphis.usda.gov

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BARTOW, Fla. - Once the centerpiece of agribusiness in Florida, the state's citrus industry is now in crisis. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, crop forecast estimates for oranges, which supply most of the nation's orange juice, call for only 103 million boxes to be produced this yea

PHOTO: Nutritionists recommend including some combination of two fruits and two vegetables in a child's lunchbox, and having them help with the selection and lunch-packing process. Photo courtesy of HealthyChild.org.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - The start of the school year is just weeks away, and while there's no shortage of the latest backpacks and school supply displays at big box department stores, nutrition experts are reminding parents of the importance of what goes into their child's lunchbox. Nutritionist Dr. Ke

Photo: Children go through the breakfast line at Blanche H. Daughtrey Elementary School, Manatee County, Bradenton, Fla. Courtesy: Letsmove.gov
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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - There's good news and bad news from a report released today by the Food Research and Action Center. More children are now starting the day with school breakfast, compared with recent years, but Florida still is missing more than half of its eligible children. The increase in acce

PHOTO: The Net Ban Amendment was put in place in 1994 to stop the use of entangling nets and large small-mesh nets to capture entire schools of fish. Image by Lisa M. Collard

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Florida commercial fishermen are working to overturn a 20-year-old amendment to the state constitution that limits the gear they can use. The Net Ban Amendment was put in place in 1994 to stop the use of entangling nets and large small-mesh nets to capture entire schools of fish.

Photo: Thousands of Floridians count on Florida Foodbanks. Courtesy: Florida Association of Food Banks.

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - About 2.6 million people in Florida will have less money to spend on groceries starting this November. SNAP benefits - more commonly known as food stamps - are decreasing and will leave people with $1.40 to spend per meal. The funding reduction comes as a result of the expiratio

Photo: Oystermen on Apalachicola Bay. Courtesy: Doug Wakeman, Apalachicola Riverkeeper

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APALACHICOLA, Fla. - The source of much of Florida's seafood is being "decimated" by a decades-long tug of war over water rights involving Georgia, Alabama and Florida, according to the state's seafood industry and conservation groups. Today, representatives of both will rally at the Franklin County

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