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    PNS Daily News - February 9, 20160 


    Our news today zeros-in on issues from around the nation including: It’s New Hampshire’s turn to select presidential candidates but not all voters are fully decided; some West Virginians sympathizing with the water woes of Flint, Michigan; and a go-to indicator may be mis-categorizing millions of Americans as unhealthy.

Rural/Farming

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

Illinois bird-lovers can take part in four free Eagle Day events in the state this weekend. (iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Ill. - The population of eagles in Illinois has hit record numbers in recent years, and conservationists are celebrating the bird's success this weekend. The Nature Conservancy will host Eagle Day on Saturday at the Emiquon Preserve and other sites in central Illinois. Jason Beverlin, ...Read More

Some farmers in New York say a hike in the minimum wage would wipe out their profits. (Javier Ramos/freeimages.com)

ALBANY, N.Y. – Gov. Andrew Cuomo's proposal to raise New York's minimum wage to $15 an hour is praised by many. But the New York Farm Bureau says that kind of hike would plunge state farming businesses into the ground and cost an estimated $500 million in additional annual labor expenses. ...Read More

A move to legalize growing and selling industrial hemp passes an important hurdle in South Dakota. (iStockphoto)

PIERRE, S.D. - A move to legalize growing and selling industrial hemp passed a hurdle in the South Dakota Legislature this week. A House committee approved a bill that would allow farmers to cultivate the plant, as long as it contains less than three-tenths of a percent of THC, the active ingredient ...Read More

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