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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.


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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 - IA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

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Des Moines, IA – Americans aren't eating their fruits and vegetables, and the new U.S. Farm Bill could help fix that, according to an Iowa expert. Susan Roberts, with the Drake University Agricultural Law Center, says the U.S. Department of Agriculture puts out balanced diet recommendations, b

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Tens of thousands of Iowa families receive some sort of government food assistance every year. Karen Ford has been at the helm of the Food Bank of Iowa for the last quarter century, and she says many Iowans are facing a dire situation as the nation marks "Hunger Awareness Day" today. “Peopl

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There is a growing number of Iowans who see the benefits of buying locally produced food, but the problem has been connecting them with the farmers who grow it. Now the Iowa Farmers Union is offering a matchmaking service called the “Farm to Institution” program. Coordinator Regina Lloy

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One of the last items approved and funded by the Iowa legislature during this session was the Farm to School Program. The program will encourage Iowa schools to purchase locally produced and processed foods for school lunches. State Sen. Joe Bolkcom was instrumental in making this a reality. He say

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Farmers markets have continued to grow in popularity across the state, and for good reason Mike Heavrin with the Center for Rural Affairs says they're good for consumers' physical health, and good for the state's financial health. And he wants communities to know the federal government will be hand

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For the last half century Meals on Wheels has provided food for generations of needy citizens, but four out of every ten programs in the U.S. are running into a critical shortage of volunteer drivers. Maribel Slinde runs the state's largest Meals on Wheels program, serving Polk County. She says if

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