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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

A new USDA report says 1 in 6 Texas families struggles with food insecurity at some point during the year. (USDA photo)

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AUSTIN, Texas – While the state's economy has improved in recent years, a new report says 1 in 6 Texas households still struggles to avoid hunger. Statistics from the U.S. Department of Agriculture show more than 15 percent of households in the state experienced food insecurity in 2015, mean

Legislation currently under debate in Congress could force schools to reapply in order to participate in free meal programs. (USDA)

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AUSTIN, Texas - Congress is considering legislation that would change a program that currently allows schools in high-poverty areas to offer free meals to all students. A bill in the House would tighten the rules for schools to qualify. Advocates say changes would affect the Community Eligibility pr

The nonprofit group Feeding Texas says too few low-income children are taking advantage of the stateís summer meals program. (iStockphoto)

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AUSTIN, Texas -- A Texas nonprofit organization that fights hunger is concerned that too few children have access to the state's daily summer food program. While food insecurity is on the rise in Texas, a recent report indicates that the number of children participating in the program has decreased

Drinking water for more than 82,000 Texans contains arsenic levels that exceed safe limits, and environmental groups say state officials arenít doing enough to warn consumers. (AbelMitjaValeva/iStockphoto)<br /><br />

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AUSTIN, Texas - Environmental groups want the federal government to tell Texas officials to do a better job of warning thousands of people their water is poisoned with arsenic. The Environmental Integrity Project issued a study in March showing since 2006, some 65 Texas community water systems ha

Climate change is likely to have far-reaching impacts on livestock and crops throughout the world, according to a new report. Credit: USDA

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AUSTIN, Texas - Climate change will have a big impact on food security across the globe, but will hit the poor and people living in tropical regions the hardest according to a new international study presented at the United Nations Climate Conference in Paris. Claudia Tebaldi, a scientist for the

Texas is stepping up efforts to make healthy, locally grown food available to its students. Credit: danny4stockphoto/iStockphoto

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AUSTIN, Texas – Texas is stepping up efforts to make healthy, locally grown food available to its students. Three groups won grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) this week to strengthen a wide range of farm-to-school programs. Andrew Smiley, deputy director of the Sustaina

Fort Worth community organizations, volunteers and environmentalists are launching a pilot project to help pollinators essential to the nation's food supply. Credit: Cmackenz/iStockphoto

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AUSTIN, Texas - A group of volunteers in Fort Worth is hoping a bike ride can help spark a grassroots movement to save the butterflies, bees and other pollinators that play a critical role in the nation's food chain. Jillian Jordan, the Great Seed Bomb event's founder, said bees alone contribute mo

One in six Texas households struggled to avoid hunger in 2014 despite a fully recovered economy, according to new report. Credit: Andrejs Zemdega.

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AUSTIN, Texas - One-point-seven million Texas households experienced hunger or engaged in coping mechanisms to avoid it at some point last year. That's more than any other state except California, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Celia Cole, CEO with Feeding Tex

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