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    PNS Daily News - February 10, 20160 


    Voters in New Hampshire turnout in force for outsiders Bernie Sanders and Donald Trump; also on today’s nationwide rundown; the Supreme Court puts the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan on hold; a New York push for healthcare for undocumented immigrants; and it’s National Young Voter Month.

Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Advocates say 90 percent of Americans want mandatory GMO labeling. (Alexis Baden-Mayer/flickr.com)

NEW YORK - A bill requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, has cleared its first hurdle in the state Assembly. Despite serious opposition from retailers and agricultural industries, the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection approved the measure Tuesd ...Read More

Advocates are meeting in Salem to discuss ways to fix the state's affordable-housing shortage. (Oregon Food Bank)

SALEM, Ore. - Representatives from food banks across Oregon are stepping out of the pantry to discuss the state's housing crisis with lawmakers in Salem today. Affordable housing for Oregon's growing population has become a statewide issue, and legislators are proposing a number of bills to address ...Read More

Raising wages to $12 by 2020 would save taxpayers $17 billion in public assistance costs, according to a new report. (Zerbor/iStockphoto)

CHEYENNE, Wy. - In his State of the State address yesterday, Gov. Matt Mead told legislators, "I see you have well over 100 proposed bills." One is House Bill 4, a proposal to raise the state's minimum wage to $9.50 an hour. A new Economic Policy Institute report shows boosting wages nationally w ...Read More

West Virginians say news of lead contamination in the drinking water of Flint, Mich., is painfully familiar. (Friends of Water)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Nearly 40 West Virginia groups are sending an open letter to the people of Flint, Michigan saying they know what it's like to have contaminated drinking water. When the news leaked that Flint's water has high levels of lead, many folks in Charleston immediately thought of the ...Read More

The Food Bank of the Albemarle and at least 20 other North Carolina food banks distribute venison donated from hunters across the state. (Food Bank of the Albemarle)

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – North Carolina has an overabundance of deer and a growing population of citizens who are food insecure. While those may sound like two unrelated problems, a program is tackling them both in an unconventional way. The Farmers and Communities Manage Deer program began ...Read More

Advocates for Minnesota's low-income families are pushing lawmakers to pass an increase in monthly cash assistance. (iStockphoto)

ST. PAUL, Minn. - A year has passed since a state task force laid out solutions to some of the serious problems facing Minnesota's Family Investment Program, but not much has changed. Today, advocates for low-income families are in the Capitol, again asking lawmakers to implement some of the change ...Read More

FRANKFORT, Ky. – Kentuckians can donate some of their state income tax refund to the Farms to Food Banks Trust Fund. State Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles says the fund helps food banks distribute surplus produce to hungry Kentuckians. "We know it works,” he states. “There ...Read More

Critics say, unlike much of the country, West Virginia's unemployment rate is still too high to restrict access to SNAP benefits. (WV Center on Budget and Policy)

CHARLESTON, W. Va. - Some state lawmakers want to make it harder for single adults to collect SNAP benefits. Critics say that would cost West Virginia's economy tens of millions of dollars a year. A plan at the legislature would make it more difficult for adults without dependents or disabilities t ...Read More

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