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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2021 


A diverse group of supporters is speaking up for Tracy Stone-Manning to be director of the Bureau of Land Management; GOP sinks key voting rights measure.


2021Talks - June 23, 2021 


The White House kicks off a Child Tax Credit promotional blitz; Sen. 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

FLYER: Virginia food banks say a food drive this week comes at a crucial time for them. Flyer courtesy of AARP Virginia.

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RICHMOND, Va. - Feeding programs say a food drive this week is coming just in time to help with a serious seasonal need, much of it from the working poor. The AARP Virginia Statewide Community Food Drive runs through next Monday. There are 150 collection sites around the state, many in the front of

PHOTO: Virginia schools in areas of poverty are being offered a new way to serve school lunch and breakfast. They have the option of offering free meals to all students, and families don't have to fill out applications. Photo credit: USDA

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RICHMOND, Va. - Free lunch without the paperwork is being offered to schools in high-poverty areas in Virginia starting this fall. The option allows schools to serve breakfast and lunch to all students at no charge - and it means schools don't have to deal with meal accounts, swipe cards or proces

Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon is the plaintiff in a campaign-finance case before the U.S. Supreme Court.

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WASHINGTON - Another major Supreme Court decision on campaign finance could come as early as next week. In McCutcheon v. Federal Elections Commission, Alabama businessman Shaun McCutcheon said his First Amendment rights are violated when he cannot give a $2,600 donation to as many parties and candid

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RICHMOND, Va. – Virginia families that are struggling financially will have less help affording food this month. A 2009 Recovery Act boost to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, intended to assist families through the recession, expires today. Amy Woolard, a policy anal

PHOTO: Barges are carrying mined oyster shells to public oyster grounds in the James River, as well as in Mobjack Bay, the York River and off Tangier Island. Photo credit: Natural Resources Secretary Doug Domenech

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RICHMOND, Va. - It's the largest oyster-replenishment project in Virginia history. Barges carrying more than a billion fossilized oyster shells are being floated down the James River so the shells can be planted on some of the historically best grounds for growing new oysters, to provide habitat for

PHOTO: A Virginia Tech entomologist says the cicada invasion likely won't be as forceful as expected this year. Photo Credit: Virginia Tech

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BLACKSBURG, Va. - If you haven't seen or heard them, you probably won't. While neighborhoods from the Piedmont to Manassas are getting their fill of the "Brood II 17-year Cicadas," the swarms of big bugs that many Virginians were anticipating are turning out to be spottier than expected, according t

Force feeding of birds for Foie Gras production. Courtesy of Farm Sanctuary

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RICHMOND, Va. - Whether they're used for an edible delicacy or for jackets, pillows and sleeping bags, ducks and geese are getting the short end of the stick, according to many animal-rights groups. People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) is urging the popular active-wear company The Nort

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RICHMOND, Va. - Tough times for women, children and lower-income families could get even tougher, according to a new report on the proposed federal budget recently passed by the U.S. House and its possible impact on struggling Virginians. It could be a one-two punch for Virginians who rely on servi

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