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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 - PA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

More than 12 percent of Pennsylvania households have difficulty affording food. (USN/wikimedia commons)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — More than 1.5 million Pennsylvanians still live in poverty, and another 3.5 million are near-poor according to a new report. The Pennsylvania Poverty Snapshot, released by the Coalition for Low-Income Pennsylvanians, and the Coalition on Human Needs, showed a slight decreas

Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto joined union organizers and workers to announce the contract agreement. (32BJ SEIU)

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PITTSBURGH – Security officers in Pittsburgh are celebrating a new contract that, for many, almost doubles the pay and benefits they were getting just a few years ago. The agreement, announced in Pittsburgh Mayor Bill Peduto's conference room on Tuesday, covers more than 1,100 workers who pro

Only 41 percent of eligible elderly households are participating in SNAP. (USDA)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Congress is debating changes that would tighten access to SNAP, the federal nutrition program that helps 1.8 million Pennsylvanians get the food they need to stay healthy. The Farm Bill, which includes SNAP, is set to expire on September 30. House Republicans have passed a

Studies show that SNAP benefits help families purchase healthier diets. (TeroVesalainen/Pixabay)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – A new report links access to SNAP benefits to improved health and lower health care costs. The paper, published by the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, compiles studies of the health status of low-income people who receive assistance through the Supplemental Nutritio

In Pennsylvania, SNAP benefits help about 683,900 children each month.  (USDA/Flickr)

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HARRISBURG, Pa. — Federal SNAP benefits give thousands of Pennsylvania children the foundation they need to grow into healthy adults, a new report says. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities report showed that SNAP - formerly known as food stamps - helps lift millions of low-income chil

This Saturday, several Pennsylvania cities join GMO protests planned in 36 countries on six continents. (Rosalee Yagihara/Wikimedia Commons)

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PHILADELPHIA - "Four simple words": That's what consumer advocates say they want to see on foods containing genetically modified organisms. On Saturday in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh and other cities around the state, groups are holding what they call a "March Against Monsanto" -- one of the largest pr

Without a state budget, nutrition programs like Meals on Wheels for Pennsylvania seniors are running out of money. Credit: U.S. Aair Force.

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HARRISBURG, Pa. – The four-month budget impasse in Harrisburg is hitting services for seniors particularly hard. In some counties, state funds account for 80 percent or more of the budget for human services. Ray Landis, director of advocacy for AARP Pennsylvania, says vital care for seniors i

One out of five children in the Philadelphia area lives in deep poverty. Credit: Phillies1fan777/en.wikipedia

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PHILADELPHIA – When Pope Francis visits Philadelphia for the World Meeting of Families later this month, advocates will issue a call to action against hunger. In preparation for the pope's visit, politicians, business leaders, community-service providers and those facing food insecurity will

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