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PNS Daily Newscast - June 15, 2021 


Enbridge Energy wins a round on the Line 3 pipeline, but tribal activists say they'll keep fighting, and President Biden issues a warning to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.


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The U.S. has seen more than 270 mass shootings in 2021 as lawmakers argue over causes and strategies, President Biden previews his meeting with Vladimir Putin, and Novavax says its COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective.

Public News Service - IL: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Illinois local food producers are backing plans to keep the state's public seed libraries free from what they call over-regulation. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Advocates of sustainable food are in Springfield today talking about local food policies, as a state Senate committee considers a seed-sharing bill. Supporters of HB 3130 believe it will help protect free, public seed exchanges. According to Illinois Stewardship Alliance, ove

With the U.S. Senate stalling the so-called DARK Act, opponents of the bill are calling it a big win for consumers. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The U.S. Senate on Wednesday blocked a bill that opponents call the DARK Act, or Deny Americans the Right to Know. The bill would have reversed some strict genetically modified food laws that some states already have passed. It also would have prohibited other states from apply

Low-income and workers' rights groups say Gov. Bruce Rauner's budget address is more of the same. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Some unions, health-care workers and low-income advocacy groups are saying Gov. Bruce Rauner's second budget address is more of the same. As the state continues a historic budget battle, social service and higher-education programs have seen huge cuts. Activists such as Toby Cho

Advocates for the homeless say Illinois' budget battle is tying up more than $100 million set aside for affordable housing. (iStockphoto)

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - Illinois has gone about half a year without a state budget, and advocates for the homeless say that's tying up more than a $100 million set aside for affordable-housing programs. According to a new report from Housing Action Illinois and other groups, the state has seven dedica

A neighbor, friend or relative may be among the one in seven Illinoisans at risk for hunger. Credit: DTL/Morguefile.

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GENEVA, Ill. – Hunger may be invisible, but it has a face. A neighbor, colleague or even a relative may be among the one in seven Illinoisans at risk for hunger. September is Hunger Action Month in Illinois and around the nation, and Illinoisans are being encouraged to fight hunger in their c

PHOTO: As the Illinois budget impasse continues, the ACLU is asking a U.S. District Court in Chicago to enforce a consent decree guaranteeing an adequate level of services for abused children. Photo credit: Sharon Mollerus/Flickr.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – The Illinois budget debacle is not only putting state workers' pay in limbo, it is also threatening funding that helps some of the state's most vulnerable children. The ACLU of Illinois is asking a U.S. District Court to enforce a consent decree to ensure continued payment

PHOTO: Farm to school programs in Illinois and around the country are bringing fresh, locally grown food to children while putting more money in the pockets of farmers. Photo courtesy of the USDA.

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CHICAGO – School cafeterias around Illinois are using more locally-sourced fruits and vegetables, while teaching children about the benefits of healthy eating. The Chicago Public Schools system is among a number of districts in the state incorporating food from school gardens and local farms

PHOTO: Summer meal program sites are open around the state to help Illinois' most vulnerable children access nutritious meals while school is out for summer. Photo courtesy of USDA.gov.

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SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Efforts to ensure Illinois children have access to nutritious meals while school is out for summer are paying off. Summer Food Programs provide food to students who eat free or reduced-price meals during the school year. Suzy Lee, coordinator of No Kid Hungry Illinois, say

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