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    PNS Daily News - May 22, 20150 


    Featured on our Friday rundown: new charges in Baltimore against a half dozen police officers in the Freddy Gray case; high school graduation rates are up in Ohio, but disparities persist; a professor says he was punished for raising questions about GMO crops; and tips on safety and avoiding road rage as the summer travel season kicks into gear.

Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOTO: Congress is considering a measure to reauthorize the Older Americans Act. The act supports programs that provide basic necessities such as meals, home-care and help coordinating long-term care. Photo credit: jennie-o/Flickr.

ST. PAUL, Minn. - As the Older Americans Act celebrates its 50th anniversary this year, legislation to again reauthorize the act is being considered in Congress. U.S. Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., among the co-sponsors of the reauthorization measure, Senate Bill 192, said the act supports about one ...Read More

PHOTO: Hundreds of families are expected to be impacted by Arizona lawmakers limiting welfare benefits to a one-year lifetime cap, making it the nation's shortest cap. Photo credit: Gov. Doug Ducey.

PHOENIX - It appears Arizona will have the nation's shortest lifetime cap on welfare benefits after state lawmakers approved action limiting it to one year. The Arizona Department of Economic Security will implement the policy change to the "Temporary Assistance for Needy Families" (TANF) program ...Read More

Photo: People can help those that are hungry by adding a row to their garden this spring. Photo by GDNS.

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. - To celebrate its 40th anniversary and help feed hungry people, Feeding South Dakota is starting its "Plant A Row" campaign with a goal of receiving 40,000 pounds of fresh produce. The organizations Development Director Kerri DeGraff says while the organization normally asks for ...Read More

PHOTO: There are more than 2,000 locations now on Iowa's Sensitive Crops Registry. The registry is used by pesticide applicators to minimize the potential for drift damage to fruit, vegetable and organic farms, along with bee hives. Photo credit: Andy Powell/Flickr.

DES MOINES, Iowa - When it comes to organic farming, Iowa has one of the largest numbers of certified operations in the nation, but there's a real danger in the air for those farms and other growers this time of year due to the potential of pesticide drift. Allowing pesticides to drift is against ...Read More

Photo: Florida's honeybee population is increasing, while bees in other parts of the country are declining. Photo credit: kakisky/morguefile.com

GAINESVILLE, Fla. - While the rest of the country battles declining bee populations, Florida is doing something right, according to apiary experts in the state. Department of Agriculture officials say the number of beehives has increased from 900 to 3,600 in the past eight years. David Westervelt, ...Read More

PHOTO: California lawmakers are considering a new tax on sugar-sweetened beverages that would raise an estimated $3 billion a year to pay for anti-diabetes programs. Photo credit: Jane M. Sawyer/Morguefile.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The price of soft drinks and other sugar-sweetened beverages could go up in the Golden State if a new tax being considered in Sacramento is approved. The measure could mean paying an additional $1.34 for a two-liter bottle of soda. The Assembly Committee on Health is expected t ...Read More

PHOTO: The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 23rd annual food drive tomorrow. People are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods next to their mailbox before the regular mail delivery on Saturday. Photo credit: Flickr Commons.

AUSTIN, Texas - U.S. postal workers will be hard at work this Saturday collecting non-perishable food donations for needy families. The annual Stamp Out Hunger event, held on the second Saturday in May, will take place in 10,000 cities and towns in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Ri ...Read More

PHOTO: Hundreds of thousands of pounds of food are expected to be collected in Utah during Saturday's Stamp Out Hunger food drive during which letter carriers collect bags of food left by  mailboxes. Photo courtesy Utah Food Bank.

SALT LAKE CITY - Thousands of people in Utah will be joining forces with letter carriers Saturday for one of the nation's biggest food drives. Ginette Bott, chief development officer for the Utah Food Bank, said Stamp Out Hunger helps communities across the state feed families that are struggling t ...Read More

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