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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 - PA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Pandemic relief advocates are calling for an extension of the eviction moratorium and federal emergency rental assistance. (steheap/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- More than fifty advocacy organizations have sent a letter to Pennsylvania's congressional delegation urging immediate action on a new COVID relief package. Ten months into the COVID pandemic, more than 1.3 million Pennsylvania households report they are struggling to put food on

Raising the maximum SNAP benefit 15% would make $490 million available in Pennsylvania over 16 months. (littlewolf1989/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With more people facing food insecurity during the COVID pandemic, anti-hunger advocates are urging Congress to increase Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits. The HEROES Act, originally passed in the House last May, would raise the maximum benefit under SNAP

The USDA says requiring a letter from the president be included with food given to needy families during an election campaign does not violate the Federal Hatch Act. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- Anti-hunger advocates are expressing alarm at a new US Department of Agriculture requirement that millions of boxes of surplus food include a letter from President Donald Trump. The letters - claiming credit for the program funded by the CARES Act - started appearing in some Far

Because of the COVID pandemic, one of every four children in the United States could face hunger this year. (Carlos David/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. - A group battling childhood hunger has enlisted a major media company to help get meals to kids while schools are closed by the COVID pandemic. "Turn Up, Fight Hunger" is an unusual collaboration between the No Kid Hungry campaign and Discovery, Inc. In less than a year, the partn

Food banks are critical community resources for families dealing with job losses during the pandemic. (astrosystem/Adobe Stock)

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PHILADELPHIA - Three community-based organizations have received major grants to help underserved Pennsylvanians during the COVID-19 crisis. Funded by UnitedHealthCare, the Empowering Health grants total more than $200,000. They were given to Philabundance - a hunger relief program in Philadelphia

Keeping in touch with loved ones through text or video chats can help fight feelings of isolation. (ulza/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. -- With social distancing taking hold across Pennsylvania, family caregivers and those they care for can find help to stay safe and healthy in the face of the COVID-19 pandemic. On Monday, Gov. Tom Wolf ordered residents of seven counties to stay home for the next two weeks. There a

A new report confirms improving agricultural land-management practices will be critical to fighting climate change. (Dusan Kostic/Adobe Stock)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — A new report says farming has an important role to play in fighting climate change. The Climate Change and Land Use report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change says rising temperatures and severe weather are putting pressure on land, and methods of land use - in

In 2017, SNAP benefits kept 3.4 million Americans out of poverty. (U.S. Dept. of Agriculture/Flickr)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – After failing to get deep cuts to nutrition assistance through Congress, President Donald Trump wants to get them by changing the rules. Trump had backed a Republican plan that critics warned would have ended SNAP or food-stamp benefits for two million Americans and school

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