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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 - TX: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Citrus crop losses in Texas were estimated at $230 million following February's freak winter storm, according to AgriLife Extension at Texas A&M. (sanantonio.org)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Scientists expect climate change to increase extreme weather events such as the rare deep freeze that hit Texas in February, which could mean an increase in food insecurity, estimated to affect one in four Americans before the pandemic. Dr. Juan Anciso, professor and extension spec

Texas ranks as the fifth-highest state for senior food insecurity, according to Feeding Texas. (texasimpact.org)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Hunger relief organizations say the pandemic combined with February's unexpected winter storm in Texas has highlighted the state's food insecurity and want to see legislation passed to help. The advocacy group Feeding Texas urged state lawmakers to pass a bill that would simplify c

In Texas, 20% of families report slight or no confidence in their ability to pay rent or mortgage on time due to the pandemic, according to the Annie E. Casey Foundation. (RobinHiggins/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Congress has passed a new stimulus package that will provide most Texas residents with an extra $600 - but that may not go far for families struggling with food insecurity and pandemic-related mental-health issues. A new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation shows Texas has the

COVID-19 has increased demand for emergency food, decreased food donation amounts, and forced disruptions to charitable food-assistance programs. (congerdesign/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- Food insecurity doubled at the start of the pandemic, according to a study released earlier this year, and Texas groups that advocate for seniors say more must be done to find a permanent fix. Kathy Green, manager of outreach and advocacy for 'AARP Texas, said legislation to be con

Blacks and Hispanics in Texas, at a higher percentage than Whites, say the state government should address economic and living conditions as public health priorities. (gabrielberophs/Pixabay)

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HOUSTON - To stay healthy, we're told to regularly see a doctor, but a new survey in Texas shows Blacks and Hispanics more than Whites believe nonmedical factors are equally important. Brian Sasser, chief communications officer with the Episcopal Health Foundation, said the survey showed the "live

Texas is home to nearly 5 million people without health insurance, but also is one of 17 states that has not expanded Medicaid. (Resprouk/Pixabay)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- If we didn't know before, we now realize how important personal protective equipment, or PPE, and respirators are to fighting a coronavirus pandemic. But awareness also has been raised that some groups in society are more susceptible than others. Brian Sasser, chief communicatio

Texas currently serves just 4% of the state's poorest families, one of the lowest rates in the country. (Libreshot)

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AUSTIN, Texas - The Trump administration's proposed 2021 budget takes aim at a number of safety-net programs, including $21 billion in cuts to the Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF). Ife Floyd, senior policy analyst with the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, says if it's approved

Texas students are getting hands on, high-tech experience growing fresh produce inside converted shipping containers. (Freight Farms)

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SAN ANTONIO, Texas – Texas schools are using refrigerated freight containers converted into hydroponic farms as an extension of the classroom. At IDEA charter schools, students learn how to grow leafy greens and other vegetables, and deliver their harvests directly to the school cafeteria. C

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