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    PNS Daily News - February 11, 20160 


    Our roundup of today’s news includes concern that the Supreme Court's decision on climate change regulations could scuttle the Paris climate agreement, presidential candidates are moving on from New Hampshire to South Carolina in search of delegates, and oyster aficionados are watching the latest efforts to restore Chesapeake Bay.

Rural/Farming

A unique multi-state conference will be held in early March to help communities establish closer farm-to-school relations. (Center for Rural Affairs)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Farmers, ranchers, school administrators, educators, students and community leaders from the Midwest will gather in Nebraska City, Neb., on March 2 for the Midwest Farm to School Conference. Sarah Smith, farm to school lead worker with the Center for Rural Affairs, says ma ...Read More

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

Scientists say they found a new Lyme-disease causing bacteria in several Midwestern states, including North Dakota. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - Nature lovers beware. Scientists believe they have found a new species of bacteria that can cause Lyme disease. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, doctors found at least six cases in patients only in the upper Midwest. Microbiologist Dr. Jeannine Peterse ...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

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

A package of bills aimed at helping South Dakota's Native American students is heading to the House after earning bipartisan support in the Senate. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - The educational achievement gap for Native American students is a step closer to becoming history in South Dakota. Late last week, a pair of bills earned bipartisan approval in the state Senate. One would fund grants to set up three Native American achievement schools, the other wou ...Read More

A government watchdog is suggesting ways to improve high-speed Internet access for tribal and rural areas. (iStockphoto)

BISMARCK, N.D. - The lack of access to high-speed Internet remains a big problem on tribal lands in North Dakota and across the country. A new report from the federal watchdog Government Accountability Office highlights serious barriers to setting up fast and reliable Internet connections in those a ...Read More

A New Mexico judge's order has blocked a Roswell company from opening a horse slaughterhouse. (sgarton/morguefile)

SANTA FE, N.M. - A state district judge's order has put an end in New Mexico to plans for the slaughter of horses for human consumption. The state and the Front Range Equine Rescue sued Valley Meat Company in Roswell in 2013 over its plans to slaughter horses and sell the meat overseas. Bruce Wagm ...Read More

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