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    PNS Weekend Update - January 24, 20150 

    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; The Supreme Court agrees to hear a lethal injection case; we’ll take you Oregon where low-wage workers are rallying this weekend for a raise; and to a state that is pondering whether it should take back some tax exemptions.


PHOTO: More Michigan kids are getting the nutrition they need to fuel their minds and bodies at school thanks to a federal program that first was piloted in the state and now is available nationwide. Photo credit: alvimann/

LANSING, Mich. - There really is such a thing as a free lunch, as well as a free breakfast, and more low-income Michigan kids are getting just that thanks to a federal program that's helping to ensure fewer kids go hungry while reducing red tape for parents and schools. According to the latest dat ...Read More

PHOTO:Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Senior Scientist at the Center for Food Safety, Doug Gurian-Sherman, will speak in Ohio about possible ways to building a successful, sustainable agriculture system. Photo courtesy of the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association.

COLUMBUS, Ohio - While the nation's agriculture industry is productive, a leading scientist and biotechnology expert says it's not sustainable. Director of Sustainable Agriculture and Senior Scientist at the Center for Food Safety Dr. Doug Gurian-Sherman says the industrial model of farming, focusin ...Read More

PHOTO: Arkansas legislators are being served a lunch of red beans and rice for "Hunger Day" at the Capitol. Hunger relief agency workers will also be on hand to discuss the state's consistently high food insecurity rates. Photo credit: Arnold Gatilao/Wikimedia Commons

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas legislators are being served a lunch of red beans and rice, and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches today for "Hunger Day" at the Capitol. That's a meal Arkansans dependent on food banks or soup kitchens are likely to eat for dinner, according to Nancy Conley, communicati ...Read More

PHOTO: The memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. is being honored in Nevada and around the nation today through acts of service. Photo courtesy Corporation for National and Community Service.

RENO, Nev. - People and organizations around Nevada are honoring the memory and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with acts of service on this holiday Monday, which honors the slain civil rights leader's birthday. Jocelyn Lantrip, director of marketing with the Food Bank of Northern Nevada, says ...Read More

PHOTO: Helping local food producers get their products into Wisconsin schools is the goal of the third annual Wisconsin Farm to School Summit, held Jan. 29 in Wisconsin Rapids. Photo courtesy University of Wisconsin Extension Service.

MADISON, Wis. - The third annual Wisconsin Farm to School Summit will be held at the end of the month in Wisconsin Rapids and Ann Marie Ames, spokesperson for the state Department of Agriculture, says registration has just opened. Ames says the summit is designed for food producers and food buyers ...Read More

PHOTO: Some vegans say giving up animal products doesn't have to be as difficult as many believe, and they hope folks will consider trying it out in January, which they've dubbed "Veganuary." Photo courtesy of M. Glover.

LANSING, Mich. - Move over, "Meatless Mondays." If your New Year's resolutions include shedding a few holiday pounds, being kinder to Mother Earth or cutting your cholesterol levels, you might want to consider taking part in "Veganuary." This is the second year for the U.K.-based online campaign i ...Read More

PHOTO: Instead of turning to restrictive diets to shed pounds in 2015, some experts recommend Illinoisans make it a goal to simply live a healthier life. Photo credit: fiddlerjan/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - After all the food and festivities of the holidays, some Illinoisans will resolve to shed pounds in 2015. Nutrition experts say focusing on health instead of a number on the scale can make a New Year's resolution to lose weight a maintainable goal. Christina Rollins, spokesperso ...Read More

PHOTO: A new project in the Coeur d’Alene area will help families with children make healthier food choices, with nutrition training, recipes, and groceries to prepare the recipes. Photo credit: Microsoft Images.

COEUR D'ALENE, Idaho - New Year's resolutions often focus on food - usually making "healthier food choices." Those choices can be tough when families have limited food budgets, so a new project in the Coeur d'Alene area will help families with children discover ways to focus on nutrition and taste w ...Read More

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