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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.


2021Talks - June 18, 2021 


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 - NC: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

WIC provides breastfeeding support, nutritious food, information on healthy eating and referrals to health care for pregnant women and those with young children. (Nappy Studio)
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RALEIGH, NC -- Barriers to accessing a federal nutrition program for moms and babies persist in North Carolina, but new research shows loosening the rules during the pandemic improved participants' experience. Nearly 300 recipients were surveyed across eight counties, and the report says many didn

Volunteers stock shelves at SHARE Cooperative in Winston-Salem. (Facebook)<br />
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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- Black-led nonprofits in Winston-Salem are working to help residents with food scarcity, internet access and other issues exacerbated by the pandemic. Rev. Willard Bass, executive director of the Institute for Dismantling Racism, and co-founder and co-director of the SHARE Coo

Cobblestone Farmers Market is the only sustainable farmers market in Forsyth County, N.C., says founder Margaret Norfleet-Neff. (Adobe Stock)

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. -- North Carolina farmers markets increasingly are relying on technology to keep up access to fresh food during the pandemic. Co-founder of the Cobblestone Farmers Market in Winstom-Salem Margaret Norfleet-Neff said at the height of the pandemic learning curve, new safety proto

The North Carolina Department for Health and Human Services says its goal is to decrease the percentage of children living in food insecure homes from 20.9% to 17.5% by 2025. (Adobe Stock)

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DURHAM, N.C. - Thanksgiving gatherings may be smaller this year, but North Carolinians need access to food more than ever, as the pandemic's economic downturn leaves many households struggling to buy groceries. Katie-Rose Crater, interim co-director of Farmer Foodshare works with farmers of color,

Carbon pollution is changing the chemistry, temperature and biology of the ocean, with negative impacts on oyster farms. (The Nature Conservancy)

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NEWPORT, N.C. -- North Carolina's oyster farmers are grappling with rising seas, ocean acidification and more severe storms - and many now are speaking out about the climate-change impacts they're witnessing firsthand. Tyler Chadwick, who grew up in the commercial fishing industry and now owns Caro

The national food bank network Feeding America estimates this year food insecurity will affect nearly one in five North Carolina residents, around 19%. (Adobe Stock)

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ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- More North Carolina families are struggling to buy food, yet Congress continues to stall on another round of House-passed coronavirus relief that would provide $10 billion for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). Amy Cantrell, co-director of the community resourc

In 2019, the city of Brevard received $1 million from the state of North Carolina to undertake a stream-restoration project aimed at preventing the city's water treatment plant from being damaged by high levels of sediment. (Adobe Stock)

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BREVARD, N.C. -- Water systems across North Carolina are in need of repair, yet local government budgets are shrinking amid the economic fallout from the pandemic. Advocates say federal funding is critical to ensuring rural communities have access to clean water. The last major infrastructure packa

The coronavirus pandemic has prompted many North Carolina residents to start their own gardens.(Adobe Stock)

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WASHINGTON, N.C. -- Rural communities across North Carolina are working to meet the rising needs of residents who are unable to access healthy food as the coronavirus pandemic continues. Many already grappled with longstanding health inequities before COVID-19, but local groups have stepped up eff

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