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    PNS Daily News - March 6, 20150 

    Among the stories featured on our Friday rundown; New York schools lifting some barriers to immigrant enrollment; Connecticut lawmakers take up a Better Jobs Act; and citizens in West Virginia force lawmakers to shed some light on dark money.


PHOTO: Child poverty rates in Illinois remain stubbornly higher than pre-recession levels, according to the Illinois Kids Count 2015 report. The report found more than 600,000 Illinois children living in households with incomes below poverty level. Photo credit: Axel/Flickr.

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - New data is highlighting the extent and persistence of child poverty in Illinois. The Illinois Kids Count 2015 report reveals that in 2013 more than 600,000 children, about one-in-five, were living in poverty. Voices for Illinois Children released the findings today. Directo ...Read More

PHOTO: More than 780,000 Ohio children participate in the National School Lunch or Breakfast Programs, and they miss those meals when class is canceled for inclement weather. Photo credit: Chris Sampson/Flickr.

COLUMBUS, Ohio – Many Ohio schools are delayed or closed once again because of a winter storm, but some children are missing out on more than learning when class is canceled. Last year, more than 780,000 children relied on free or reduced-price meals at school. Lisa Hamler-Fugitt, executiv ...Read More

PHOTO: The Big Brown Barn at the Michael Fields Agricultural Institute near East Troy, WI, will be the place for a free screening of the movie "GMO OMG," which raises questions about genetically modified organisms that are in our food chain right now. Photo credit: Michael Fields Agricultural Institute.

EAST TROY, Wis. - The movie "GMO OMG" deals with genetically modified organisms that are already in our food chain, how they got there, and related issues the filmmakers believe every consumer should be aware of. The Michael Fields Agricultural Institute is offering a free screening of this compel ...Read More

PHOTO: Some Oregon schools have joined others across the country offering breakfast during first period so kids don't have to show up early for a cafeteria meal. March 3-6 is National School Breakfast Week. Photo courtesy of Chalkbeat Colorado.

McMINNVILLE, Ore. - This is National School Breakfast Week, and a chance for hunger-fighting advocates in Oregon to push for getting more meals to more kids during the school day. "Let's Do Breakfast Oregon" is a new awareness campaign to encourage more schools to serve breakfast in the first fe ...Read More

PHOTO: The Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger has helped feed students regardless of socio-economic status through school breakfasts, after school snacks and summer meal programs. Photo courtesy of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

DENVER – There are fewer young, rumbling bellies today in Colorado than five years ago. The Colorado Campaign to End Childhood Hunger celebrated its fifth birthday at the governor's mansion in Denver on Friday. The campaign has worked to streamline access to food stamps and expand programs ...Read More

PHOTO: Citrus fruit infected with canker is too unsightly to be sold, and the bacterium that causes it weakens the trees and makes their leaves and fruit drop prematurely. Photo courtesy of

BARTOW, Fla. - Once the centerpiece of agribusiness in Florida, the state's citrus industry is now in crisis. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, crop forecast estimates for oranges, which supply most of the nation's orange juice, call for only 103 million boxes to be produced this yea ...Read More

IMAGE: The largest annual food drive in the state begins Sunday, with the March Campaign from Minnesota Foodshare. Image courtesy Minnesota Foodshare.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - The arrival of March on the calendar this Sunday also marks the beginning of the state's largest annual food drive. The March Campaign from Minnesota FoodShare last year raised more than $8 million and 4 million pounds of food. Director Suzanne Shatila said the goal is even higher ...Read More

PHOTO: How green is your thumb? Prospective vegetable gardeners living on tight budgets can sign up for Seed to Supper courses in 15 Oregon counties this spring to learn the basics. Photo courtesy Oregon Food Bank.

PORTLAND, Ore. - It soon will be time to garden in Oregon, and in 15 counties around the state, volunteers are teaching "Seed to Supper" courses beginning in March. Seed to Supper was created through Oregon Food Bank and the Oregon State University Extension Service to help adults on limited budget ...Read More

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