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PNS Daily Newscast - May 10, 2021 


Governor Ron DeSantis shuts the door on Florida's unemployment benefits, and as Montana gains a congressional seat, the focus turns to redistricting.


2021Talks - May 7, 2021 


President Biden talks hurricane aid in Louisiana, Vice President Harris visits Rhode Island, defense officials talk about clamping down on domestic extremism in the ranks, and plan for the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Public News Service - IL: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

People in one in ten Illinois households with children say they

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The pandemic is causing massive hardships for Illinois families heading into the holidays. The latest Census Bureau survey finds 56% of households with children said they're "not very confident" they'll be able to afford enough food for the next four weeks. This disturbing fi

Summer meal sites help fill the gap for children in need of food when school isn't in session, and the pandemic won't change that this summer in Illinois. (Adobe Stock)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - As the school year comes to a close in Illinois, the Summer Food Service Program is gearing up to ensure children don't go hungry - while meeting the guidelines for preventing the spread of COVID-19. The annual program provides free meals and snacks to kids age 18 and younger a

Soil conservation practices can help soybeans and other crops become more resilient to extreme weather. (USDA/Flickr)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. -- Amid the challenges of another rain-soaked spring and a global pandemic, hundreds of Illinois farmers are using conservation practices to help curb the long-term effects of climate change. The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration's Illinois Climate Summary projects m

A family of a Chicago-area Walmart employee who died from COVID-19 has filed a wrongful death lawsuit. (Adobe Stock)

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CHICAGO -- Major grocery chains are reporting their first coronavirus-related employee deaths, which include two at a Chicago-area Walmart. Although Walmart employees are not represented by a union, a union representative said these deaths could have been prevented if governors would declare grocery

A new project will use NASA datasets to find and address inefficiencies in farm-management practices. (Snapshot Factory/Pixabay)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Some Illinois growers are using the power of NASA in a new project aimed at addressing food security, from improving crop outputs to working their land more efficiently. Local farmers with the Illinois Corn Growers Association are working with University of Illinois researchers

Illinois estimates more than 400,000 residents will receive federal food benefits at least one month this year. (Gemma Billings/Flickr)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – A change to eligibility for federal food assistance could affect hundreds of thousands of Illinoisans. Able bodied people ages 18 to 49 without dependents, who work fewer than 20 hours a week, can only receive benefits through the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program

The Farm Bill expiration could mean farmers who are currently using conservation practices may not be able to continue. (Conservation Media Library)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. — The expiration of the Farm Bill is putting the brakes on conservation programs important for many Illinois farmers and ranchers. While the legislation largely stalled over the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, the people who grow food and livestock also were impa

More than 844 million people worldwide lack access to clean drinking water. (CDC.gov)

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CHICAGO – The 25th United Nations World Water Day is being recognized this week, and advocates are hoping the message that comes with it will inspire people to sign up for a fundraising event this spring that aims to make access to clean water easier. The Global 6K for Water walk/run is happ

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