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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2021 


A diverse group of supporters is speaking up for Tracy Stone-Manning as director of the U-S Bureau of Land Management; GOP sinks voting right measure.


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The White House kicks off a child tax credit promotional blitz, Senator Schumer will call for a debate on election reform, and New York City gives ranked voting a shot for its mayoral primary.

Public News Service - VA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Food-distribution programs are eligible for the American Heart Association's Faith-Based Accelerator grants for worship groups on the East Coast. (Adobe stock)

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FAIRFAX, Va. - More and more people are turning to faith-based groups for help during the pandemic. In Virginia and other East Coast states, one organization is offering funding for faith-based community projects that address urgent needs and disparities from the impact of the health crisis. The A

Simple Cooking with Heart classes now are available online to help Virginians stay healthy during the COVID-19 shutdowns. (Adobe stock)

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HAMPTON ROADS, Va. -- To accommodate more people dealing with health issues during the pandemic, a free heart-healthy cooking program for Virginians has moved from in-person to online. The American Heart Association classes for Hampton Roads residents help underserved individuals who suffer from c

Virginia Fresh Match is a network of farmers markets and other food stores focused on providing access to fresh produce for low-income areas. (Adobe Stock)

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RICHMOND, Va. – Hunger-fighting and public-health groups are pushing state lawmakers to fund a program that helps recipients of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program get more fresh fruits and vegetables. Virginia Fresh Match is a network of farmers markets and grocery stores across th

Eating smaller portions is one of many ways to avoid packing on weight during the holiday season. (vivienviv0/Pixabay) <br />

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RICHMOND, Va. – Health experts say with a little bit of planning, it's possible to survive the holidays without overindulging. One tip is to avoid being ravenous by doing a bit of "pre-gaming" with a small meal at home before heading out to the next house or office party. Whitney Voorhees,

According to the nonprofit group Feeding America, one in six children in Virginia struggles with hunger. (Pixabay)

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ROANOKE, Va. – People around the country are stepping up to to help fight hunger, including for the nearly 900,000 struggling with food insecurity in the Commonwealth. September is Hunger Action Month and in Virginia, one in eight people faces hunger across the state. For many, one issue is t

Supporters say public funds could be leveraged to bring needed investment in grocery stores for Virginia communities that need them. (Pixabay)

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RICHMOND, Va. – Supporters say a state grocery store investment fund to be considered by lawmakers would help Virginia communities without easy access to fresh food. The fund is designed to make investment capital cheaper and easier to get for companies that want to run grocery stores in wha

Despite White House claims to the contrary, new analysis finds the budget for federal safety-net programs at a historic low. (Center on Budget and Policy Priorities)

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RICHMOND, Va. – Even a 25-percent cut to SNAP - enough to leave thousands more in Virginia hungry - can't make the White House budget math add up, according to a new analysis. The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities says President Donald Trump's first budget would slash the Supplemental N

Virginia has one of the highest obesity rates for lower-income toddlers (ages 2 to 4) in the country. (The Trust for America's Health and Robert Wood Johnson Foundation)

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RICHMOND, Va. – As Virginians get ready to celebrate one of the biggest eating days of the year, new research is sounding a cautionary dinner bell. The latest State of Obesity report showed two-thirds of Virginia adults are overweight or obese, as well as one in five children between the age

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