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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 - MN: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Backers of increasing state investment in Minnesota's Farm to School lunch program say in states like Oregon, a similar program is benefiting local economies. (Adobe Stock)

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ALEXANDRIA, Minn. -- As Minnesota lawmakers place heavier focus on the state budget, some hope they'll boost funding for a program linking school lunches with locally-grown food. Supporters of the state's Farm to School program said, at a time when more families are dealing with food insecurity, Mi

Universal, no-cost school meals have been tried in certain U.S. cities. Now more state legislatures, including Minnesota, are seeing a push for this approach. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Transportation and learning supplies are among the things to which all K-through-12 students can have access. In Minnesota, there's a push to add no-cost breakfast and lunch to the list. A coalition of eighteen groups wants state lawmakers to pass legislation to provide universal

A new report says last year, Minnesotan seniors accounted for more than half a million food shelf visits. (Adobe Stock)

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MONTEVIDEO, Minn. -- Food shelves across Minnesota are seeing much more demand from older residents, according to newly released hunger data for the region. But advocates say food insecurity in this age group was already trending higher before the pandemic. The group Hunger Solutions Minnesota sai

Each year, nearly 30,000 families get help from the Minnesota Family Investment Program, which provides payments to households with children to help cover basic expenses. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. - As talks ramp up on another federal COVID-relief package, Minnesota groups point out that some families in poverty are still falling through the cracks - and they want to see a state-level stimulus payment for them. Many levels of government have responded to the pandemic crisis

Studies have shown a lack of access to healthy foods leads to higher rates of chronic diseases, such as hypertension and diabetes. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Groups that fight hunger say they're seeing more need for food assistance in the pandemic, and they hope "nutrition security" is part of any effort to increase access. In Minnesota, one business is trying a unique approach that puts people before profits. Kurt Vickman, founder of Go

Anti-hunger groups say the pandemic has exacerbated food insecurity in Minnesota. They want state lawmakers to adopt short-term and long-term changes as they respond to greater demands for food donations. (Adobe Stock)

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ST. PAUL, Minn. -- Minnesota lawmakers have kicked off the 2021 session, with pandemic-related issues commanding most of the attention. Advocates of specific proposals, some directly connected to the crisis, hope to see some movement. The pandemic has shed new light on hunger in Minnesota and acros

Before the latest round of CARES Act funding, Hunger Solutions-Minnesota says it received nearly 350 applications for aid, totaling more $20 million. It was able to provide $12 million, spread across 239 groups. (Adobe Stock)

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DULUTH, Minn. - The lack of a new federal pandemic relief bill has local governments and nonprofits worried about how people will be able to survive the economic crisis. In Minnesota, one hunger-fighting group says programs could see their expanding reach during COVID-19 cut off. Aid that was part

A new Census Bureau report says 143,000 Minnesota children are living in poverty. Nationwide, the number is 10.5 million. (Adobe Stock)

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MINNEAPOLIS -- Newly released figures show Minnesota's overall childhood poverty rate declined last year. But the Census Bureau report indicates longstanding issues remain - and they'll likely worsen because of the pandemic. The report says Minnesota's childhood poverty rate continued a downward t

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