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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 - MA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

A new (FRAC) report finds Worcester has jumped to the top third for cities where residents are struggling to put food on the table. Credit: Mike Clifford

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BOSTON - A new report finds more families are struggling to find food in Worcester than in any other large metro area in the state. Patricia Baker, senior policy analyst with the Massachusetts Law Reform Institute, says Worcester saw a four percent jump in food hardship that now impacts one in five

PHOTO: Project Breadís Chef Vanessa LaBranche with students is part of the outreach that is moving the Commonwealth out of the basement when it comes to participation in school breakfast. Courtesy: Project Bread

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BOSTON – The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education now says instruction provided during the breakfast period can be included in structured learning time, and child nutrition advocates say the decision could turn things around when it comes to reaching low-income children wi

PHOTO: The winter storm last month dubbed Juno left Nantucket and parts of Cape Cod flooded and without electricity. Thanks to an extension of SNAP replacement benefits, some residents are going to be able to replace lost or spoiled food. Photo courtesy Galvin/Flickr.

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NANTUCKET, Mass. - The several feet of recent snow may have diverted attention from the plight of victims of the storm dubbed Juno that wracked Cape Cod and the islands last month. In Provincetown and Nantucket, however, some residents are getting a break in the wake of that mess. Replacement SNAP

GRAPHIC: While food insecurity in Massachusetts is below the levels in many other states, nearly eleven percent of all Commonwealth households are struggling to put food on the table. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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BOSTON – Food insecurity will not loosen its grip on many Commonwealth households. According to the latest government figures, one in nine Massachusetts households struggled, on average, with hunger over the years 2011-2013. Among those households considered to be food insecure, 4 percent

PHOTO: Nearly 900 Commonwealth schools may be eligible for a program that would feed all their students breakfasts and lunches and do away with much of the paperwork and application hassles. An effort is under way to make sure they know about it and act by the end of this month. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

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BOSTON – Some 880 high-poverty schools in the Commonwealth may be eligible for a program that would feed all their students breakfasts and lunches, eliminate the stigma that such singled-out students sometimes face and do away with much of the paperwork and application hassles. The difficult

GRAPHIC: A new report on Summer Nutrition Programs shows Massachusetts and many other states are doing a better job of helping children stay nourished and healthy when schoolís out. Credit: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

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GLOUCESTER, Mass. – A new

PHOTO: Sabine and Aiden lived out of the boy's stroller at South Station and in an emergency room until qualifying for shelter admission. Commonwealth doctors and educators are joining advocates urging a change in eligibility requirements for emergency shelter. Credit: MLRI.

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BOSTON – Advocates for the homeless say they'll continue to fight to change a regulation that sometimes requires homeless families with children to live in places unfit for human habitation before becoming eligible for a shelter. Last fall Sabine, a Boston nursing assistant, kept all her ear

PHOTO: Massachusetts does not fare well in a new scorecard showing the scope and reach of free breakfast programs for low-income children in schools. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

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BOSTON – Massachusetts does not fare well in a new scorecard showing the scope and reach of free breakfast programs for low-income children in schools nationwide. The figures released by the Food Research and Action Center show the Commonwealth ranked 48th out of 50 states and Washington, D.

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