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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.


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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

A new poll shows strong support for a state fund designed to bring grocery stores to Virginia food deserts. (American Heart Association)

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RICHMOND, Va. – A new poll finds Virginia voters strongly support a state fund to help bring grocery stores to underserved communities. Allie Atkeson, campaign manager of the Voices for Healthy Kids program with the American Heart Association, says the program found voters are especially con

A provision proposed for the state budget aims to help bring healthy groceries to Virginia's food deserts. (American Heart Association)

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RICHMOND, Va. - A provision proposed for the state budget could help finance healthy groceries for food deserts. More than 1.5 million Virginians, including nearly a half-million children, live in rural and urban areas with limited access to supermarkets. But the Virginia Grocery Investment Fund c

Oyster reefs in the Chesapeake Bay may be threatened by climate change. Credit: Krystle Chick/Chesapeake Bay Foundation

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RICHMOND, Va. - Climate change may be a threat to one holiday favorite – oyster dressing. According to a new report by the National Wildlife Federation, oyster reefs are on the front lines for damage from global climate change. The Chesapeake Bay Foundation's oyster expert and senior scient

AARP is recruiting volunteers to pack one million meals for hungry seniors on the National Mall on Sept. 11. The Virginia AARP is kicking off a statewide food drive the same day. Graphic courtesy AARP.

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RICHMOND, Va. – AARP is marking the 14th anniversary of 9/11 by feeding the hungry in Virginia and in the nation's capital. The Virginia AARP kicks off its 10-day statewide food drive on Friday, and the AARP Foundation is recruiting thousands of volunteers to pack one million meals on the Nat

PHOTO: While progress has been made nationally, Virginia saw a sight step back in the number of qualified, low-income children in summer feeding programs in the commonwealth in 2014. Photo courtesy of LetsMove.gov

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RICHMOND, Va. - More low-income children across the country are being fed school-style lunches during the summertime, but that number is somewhat lower in Virginia than in previous years. According to LaTonya Reed, director of Virginia Hunger Solutions, Virginia has made progress over the last seve

PHOTO: A new report from the Food Research and Action Center says slightly more than 15 percent of Virginians risk going hungry and don't always have enough money for food. Photo courtesy of letsmove.gov.

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RICHMOND, Va. - One Virginian in every seven risks going hungry, according to a new report, and that number is higher in some parts of the state. According to a new national analysis from the Food Research and Action Center, slightly more than 15 percent of Virginians live with food hardship. Seven

PHOTO: Outreach and efforts to increase access already are meaning more Virginia kids getting enough to eat, in school and out, according to First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe and the No Kid Hungry campaign. Photo courtesy of Drew Central Schools.

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RICHMOND, Va. - A new coalition including Virginia's First Lady already is seeing results in an effort to reduce childhood hunger. Organizers with the group Share Our Strength say their No Kid Hungry campaign is getting unprecedented attention from First Lady Dorothy McAuliffe. Josh Wachs, chief s

PHOTO: Census data shows poverty in Virginia and the U.S. has actually increased since the end of the last recession. Photo by No Kid Hungry.

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RICHMOND, Va. - More Virginians and Americans are in poverty now than at the end of the great recession, according to census figures. Debbie Weinstein, executive director with the Coalition on Human Needs, says the census shows more people living below the poverty line than when the recession offic

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