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PNS Daily Newscast - June 15, 2021 


Enbridge Energy wins a round on the Line 3 pipeline, but tribal activists say they'll keep fighting, and President Biden issues a warning to Russian leader Vladimir Putin.


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The U.S. has seen more than 270 mass shootings in 2021 as lawmakers argue over causes and strategies, President Biden previews his meeting with Vladimir Putin, and Novavax says its COVID-19 vaccine is 90% effective.

Public News Service - OH: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

For every meal provided by a food bank, SNAP provides nine. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is often called 'the first line of defense against hunger,' and it's out of reach for half of Ohioans who need it. Food insecurity impacted 1.5 million Ohioans before the pandemic, which means 13% of the population struggled at

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program helps about 1.5 million Ohioans. (USDA/Flickr)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A bill that would make it more difficult to obtain food assistance in Ohio faces an uncertain future. More than 60 people have testified in opposition to Senate Bill 17, which would end procedures that streamline the application process for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Pr

A survey found 38% of students at four-year colleges were food insecure at the start of the pandemic. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Hunger is an unfortunate reality for many Ohio college students, but there are new opportunities to help connect more students to food assistance. The USDA is allowing new flexibility so low-income "traditional" students temporarily can qualify for the Supplemental Nutrition Assis

Ohio food banks have been stretched over the past year as more people battle hunger. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- As state leaders balance complex funding needs in the state's next two-year budget, hunger-fighting groups argued there's nothing more basic than the need for food. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executive director of the Ohio Association of Foodbanks, said roughly a year into the COVID-19 p

Sustainable agriculture advocate Navina Kahnna says holistic changes are needed to end inequalities in the nation's food system. (HEAL Food Alliance)<br /><br /><br />

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COLUMBUS, Ohio - The nation is at a turning point with a new push for unity, and some groups say changing our food system is one crucial step in addressing the divide. Executive Director of the HEAL Food Alliance, Navina Khanna, said the combination of COVID-19, the climate crisis and political un

An estimated 600,000 Ohio kids will benefit from the extension of a pandemic food-assistance program. (AdobeStock)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- A key hunger-fighting program for Ohio children is being extended through the end of the school year. The Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) program was created in March to help feed children who normally receive free or reduced-price meals through the National School Lu

Cattleman Will Harris says his operation stores more carbon in its soil than its cows emit in production. (White Oak Pastures)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- He's been called a "carbon cowboy" and an inspiration. Ohioans have an opportunity to hear from a legendary cattleman about how holistic practices can benefit the environment and create a self-sufficient farm. Will Harris owns his family's 154-year-old farm, White Oak Pastures in

Ohio National Guard members literally are doing a lot of heavy lifting this season, helping distribute more than 33 million pounds of food to families in need. (Second Harvest Foodbank of North Central Ohio)

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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio soon could lose a key source of support in its response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Through an emergency authorization, the federal government is funding 75% of the Ohio National Guard's COVID-19 response work through the end of the year. Roughly 1,800 National Guard members ar

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