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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 - NV: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

In northern Nevada alone, people gave more than 25,000 volunteer hours to the food bank last year. (FBNN)

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MCCARRAN, Nev. – This holiday season, food banks across Nevada will feed hundreds of thousands of people – and food bank operators say they need help. Food drop-off boxes can be found all around town, and people are being asked to volunteer their time and keep the food banks in mind wh

During Hunger Action Month, people can take part in the SNAP Experience by spending $4 a day or less on food, the average SNAP benefit in Nevada. (Share Our Selves)

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McCARRAN, Nev. - About 400,000 Nevadans, including one in five children, are "food insecure," meaning they don't always know where their next meal is coming from, according to the nonprofit "Feeding America." September is Hunger Action Month, so starting Friday, Nevada food banks are hosting events

22 percent of children in Nevada still live in poverty, compared with 15 percent before the recession. (Anita Peppers/Morguefile)

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LAS VEGAS — Nationally, more than one-fifth of children live in poverty - even though the economy has rebounded and unemployment is low - so child advocates are speaking out during convention season - pushing the campaigns to address the issue. Dr. Stephen Miller, director of the UNLV Center

The nation's first GMO food labeling law takes effect in Vermont Friday, with national implications. (ThamKC/iStockphoto)

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CARSON CITY, Nev. – The food at your Fourth of July cookout may now come with a label saying it contains a genetically modified organism, or GMO. That's because a first-of-its-kind law in Vermont takes effect Friday, requiring all GMO foods to say so on the label. Andrew Kimbrell, executiv

Summer meal programs for children kick off this week and next around the state. (Nevada Dept. of Agriculture)

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LAS VEGAS - There are 261,000 children in Nevada are eligible for free or reduced-price lunches, but only about 10 percent actually show up for the free meals each summer. Nonetheless, the Nevada Department of Agriculture will distribute meals at 323 sites around the state, serving 627,000 breakfa

AARP Nevada is continuing its efforts to have the Sept. 11 anniversary become a national day of service. Credit: Corporation for National and Community Service

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LAS VEGAS - People across Nevada are being asked to help the hungry in their communities as part of a broader effort to make the Sept. 11 anniversary, which today is a national day of service. Hilarie Grey, communications director for AARP Nevada, said that about 70 volunteers are helping to pack m

Hourly workers in Nevada joined a 50-city push Thursday to boost the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Courtesy: PLAN

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LAS VEGAS - Hourly workers in Las Vegas joined low-wage earners in 50 cities on Thursday in calling for a boost in the minimum wage to $15 an hour. Among those rallying in front of a Las Vegas McDonald's restaurant was Margreda Black, 26, who makes $8.25 an hour as a fast-food worker. Black has a 1

The USDA estimates farmers markets that have been open at least two years have seen a 64 percent increase in customer traffic. Courtesy: Shirley's Farmers Markets

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RENO, Nev. - Americans increasingly want to know where their food comes from and how it was grown, which may account for the booming popularity of farmers markets in Nevada and around the nation. The U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes the first week of August as "National Farmers Market Week

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