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PNS Daily Newscast - May 13, 2021 


President Biden taps Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of Bureau of Land Management; and Colorado schools get new tools to help students distinguish between news, commentary and disinformation.


2021Talks - May 13, 2021 


Republicans oust Liz Cheney from her leadership role, Dr. Anthony Fauci urges more vaccinations, NAACP leaders voice support for voting rights legislation, and Nancy Pelosi is optimistic about the infrastructure bill.

Public News Service - MI: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Families who qualify for Pandemic EBT will now receive up to $381 this summer. (Nick Sherman/Flickr)

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LANSING, Mich. - The U.S. Department of Agriculture is throwing a lifeline to students who qualify for free or reduced-price lunches, by extending the Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer program, known as PEBT, through the end of the summer. This means families will continue to get up to $127 a mon

Child care for one infant accounts for more than half the salary of a Michigander earning minimum wage. (AdobeStock)

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LANSING, Mich. -- Affordable child care is a crucial support for working parents, rivaling the cost of college or housing for some Michiganders. Research from the Michigan League for Public Policy showed the price for an infant at a child-care center is nearly 20% of income for Michiganders at the

The Detroit Black Community Food Security Network is reimagining ways to grow food in cities, inspired by urban gardens in the 1960s and 70s. (espiegle/Adobe Stock)

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By Ruth Terry for Yes! Media. Broadcast version by Lily Bohlke for Michigan News Connection reporting for the YES! Media-Public News Service Collaboration DETROIT -- Last December, nonprofit executive director Malik Yakini received an unexpected call. The caller, a woman who resides in California,

Thousands of meals will be prepared by local restaurants in Jackson and given to families in need. (AdobeStock)

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LANSING, Mich. -- With no end in sight to the economic turmoil spurred by the pandemic, a mid-Michigan community is launching an innovative program to ensure families have food on the table. Through a $500,000 donation from Consumers Energy and several community partners, the new Our Town program i

61% of SNAP recipients live in families with children. (Mike Mozart/Flickr)

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LANSING, Mich. - Some Michiganders convicted of drug offenses are facing lifelong punishments under the law that are not directly related to their crime. The state permanently bans those with felony convictions from two or more separate drug-related crimes from food assistance available under the

The federal CARES Act provided some additional funding for programs that provide meals for seniors, but it's important that people who need these resources reach out. (congerdesign/Pixabay)

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LANSING, Mich. -- Organizations throughout the state are trying to ensure no senior goes without food as the world fights the COVID-19 pandemic. Gov. Gretchen Whitmer extended Michigan's stay-at-home order through May 15 - a move of special importance to older adults, who are at higher risk of com

A $28 box of food can provide 22 meals for an older adult in Michigan. (AdobeStock)

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LANSING, Mich. -- The COVID-19 outbreak is amplifying traditional barriers to food access in Michigan, and older residents are especially vulnerable. The Food Bank Council of Michigan and Area Agencies on Aging are working together to distribute quarantine food boxes to food insecure seniors who n

Some analysts contend Michigan lawmakers need to address unresolved funding issues after the winter recess. (Phillip Hofmeister/Wikimedia)

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LANSING, Mich. - Michigan heads into 2020 with a months-long budget impasse behind it, but some analysts contend unresolved funding issues still need attention. Recently signed supplemental spending bills restored budget dollars from K-12 and higher education, public safety and rural health care.

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