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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.


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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 - OR: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

The Oregon legislative session is scheduled to adjourn June 27. (ASP Inc/Adobe Stock)

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SALEM, Ore. -- A bill that would bring sweeping changes to criminal justice is in front of Oregon lawmakers. Supporters hope it gets past the finish line before the session ends. House Bill 2002 covers a range of issues, such as ending supervision fees for people who have finished their prison sen

Supporters of the Double Up Food Bucks program hope lawmakers will fund its expansion into 25 grocery stores across Oregon. (Tada Images/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - A program that helps Oregonians eat fresh food could expand with an assist from lawmakers. Double Up Food Bucks matches Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, purchases up to $10 so that people can buy fresh fruits and vegetables. While it's mainly been a feature at f

More than 70% of Oregon students said they were food insecure the previous year, according to a survey before the pandemic. (JeanLuc/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - It's no secret that college students often are low on cash, but hunger among Oregon students is soaring. A measure in the state Legislature would point them to helpful resources. House Bill 2835 would create a benefits navigator position on every community college and public univer

Oregonians in eight counties affected by the major September wildfires can apply for Disaster SNAP benefits starting Friday. (Bonnie Moreland/Flickr)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - Disaster food benefits are available for Oregonians in eight counties affected by September's massive wildfires. Dan Haun is director of self-sufficiency programs at the Oregon Department of Human Services. He said the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or 'D-SNAP'

Oregon Food Bank is supporting a measure that would decriminalize drugs and increase funding for addiction recovery services. (Oregon Food Bank)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - September is Hunger Action Month and in Oregon, anti-hunger advocates are volunteering, donating and pledging to "Vote Out Hunger." Susannah Morgan, CEO of the Oregon Food Bank, said hunger is at its highest level in a century because of the economic fallout from COVID-19. And wit

Milton-Freewater, a town of more than 7,000, is known for its agricultural industry and outdoor recreation opportunities. (City of Milton-Freewater)

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MILTON-FREEWATER, Ore. -- Three Oregon projects have been chosen to receive grants from AARP's Community Challenge program. The grants go to proposals that make communities more livable for people of all ages, and that can be turned around quickly. One of those projects will bring folks together i

Food insecurity has doubled since the start of the pandemic, according to Oregon State University. (David Pereiras/Adobe Stock)

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PORTLAND, Ore. -- As Oregon families struggle during the pandemic, anti-hunger advocates fear state lawmakers and the federal government aren't doing enough to help. The Oregon Legislature called a special session this week. Matt Newell-Ching, public policy manager with Oregon Food Bank, said the

Mudbone Grown co-farm managers Art Shaver and Shantae Johnson are heading an effort to provide relief for Black Oregonians during the pandemic. (Mudbone Grown)

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PORTLAND, Ore. - As the COVID-19 pandemic grinds on, some organizations are leading efforts to provide relief to Black Oregon families. Shantae Johnson is a farmer and community health worker who co-manages Mudbone Grown, a Black-owned farm that hosts programs for community members. The farm is he

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