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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 - KY: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Data from the Pew Research Center showed about one third of veterans had trouble paying the bills after leaving the military, yet only 12% indicated they received food assistance from the government. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- As the nation observes Memorial Day, advocates for military families and veterans said many are going hungry. A report by the hunger-fighting group MAZON:A Jewish Response to Hunger found food pantries operate on or near almost every military base in the country. The House Rules

The federal government plans to step up support for families facing hard times during the pandemic. (Adobe Stock)<br />

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LEXINGTON, Ky. -- Expanding child care, creating paid family and medical leave, and boosting health-care coverage affordability are just some of the proposals in President Joe Biden's American Families Plan. Experts say the plan will help more Kentucky families stay afloat in a year of unprecedente

The group Feeding America estimates this year, one in six children could experience food insecurity, meaning they're in families that don't always have enough food. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. - Kentucky will soon receive an extra $12.8 million per month for its Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits program, and groups fighting hunger in the state say the increase will especially help feed more children. Katrina Thompson, executive director of the group Feedi

Many agriculture experts argue competition law hasn't addressed increasing buyer power, especially in the seed, hog, livestock, poultry, and dairy industries. (Adobe Stock)

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LEXINGTON, Ky. - Decades of unchecked mergers in the agricultural industry have left many farmers struggling, and rural advocacy groups says a proposal in Congress aims to change that. The "Competition and Antitrust Law Enforcement Reform Act" would give agencies like the Federal Trade Commission

Kentucky farmers receive on average $2,013 for participating in the state's Farms to Food Banks program. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- As the food-insecurity crisis continues, Kentucky growers are stepping in to fill the void. Last year 371 farmers participated in the state's Farms to Food Banks program, and advocates say a funding boost could help feed more families at a time when many are facing financial hards

In the pandemic economy, nearly one in eight U.S. households doesn't have enough to eat. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- Kentucky kids can continue to receive free school meals through next June, the U.S. Department of Agriculture has announced. The extension of waivers for its summer food-service program will ensure children can eat school breakfasts and lunches, even if they aren't physically retur

A surge in hunger and food insecurity from the coronavirus pandemic is expected to have long-term societal effects. (Adobe Stock)

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FRANKFORT, Ky. -- In a few months, the COVID-19 pandemic has destroyed a decade of progress in the fight to end hunger in Kentucky, according to data from the group Feeding America. Today, Gov. Andy Beshear signs a proclamation declaring September Hunger Action Month. Michael Halligan, CEO of God'

Food insecurity among older adults and seniors has spiked during the COVID-19 crisis. (Adobe Stock)

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OWENSBORO, Ky. -- The state's food banks say they're seeing an alarming number of adults approaching retirement age who need help putting food on the table because of lost wages or employment due to COVID-19. Even before the pandemic, Kentucky had the highest rate of food-insecure older adults in t

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