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PNS Daily Newscast - December 18, 2018 


Senate reports detail Russian influence via social media on the 2016 election. Also on Tuesday's rundown: North Carolina jurors reject the death penalty for a second consecutive year; and Medicaid expansion proves important to rural Kentuckians.

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Archive: June 18, 2018

There are more than 90 summer meal sites throughout Montana. (Missoula Food Bank)

HELENA, Mont. — Summer can be a difficult time for hungry children. In Montana, about one-in-six children lives in a food insecure household where they aren’t sure how they will get their next meal. Lorianne Burhop, chief policy officer with the Montana Food Bank Network, said while th ...Read More

The design of new labels for genetically engineered foods is being questioned for appearing too biased, and not value-neutral. (USDA)

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Some food and farming groups are scratching their heads over proposed labels for genetically engineered foods. The long-awaited labels released by the United States Department of Agriculture stem from a 2016 federal law requiring the disclosure of foods produced using geneti ...Read More

Fair Market Rent for a one-bedroom apartment in Michigan is $661 per month. (Kurt Bauschardt/Flickr)

LANSING, Mich. – A new report finds minimum wage earners in Michigan need to work the equivalent of nearly two full-time jobs to have enough money to pay for a two-bedroom apartment. The annual "Out of Reach" report shows the wage needed to afford a modest and safe rental home without spendi ...Read More

Dozens of advocates from Kentucky are expected to join a global social justice rally in Washington  on Saturday. (Kentucky Poor People's Campaign)

FRANKFORT, Ky. — A 40-day social justice blitz in Kentucky wraps up today, but advocates say their work is far from over. The Kentucky Poor People's Campaign has held days of action in Frankfort the past six Mondays, joining groups in 30 other states in a National Call for Moral Revival. Spo ...Read More

The population of De Smet, S.D., declined more than 6 percent from 2010 to 2017, but the rural town raised money from local residents to expand the hospital and build an event center. (mapio.net)

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – The population of rural counties in South Dakota continues to decline, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but some rural towns are finding ways to boost resilience and keep young people from moving to larger cities. Jessica Schad, an assistant professor of Sociology and ...Read More

Immigrants, most of them from Mexico, make up 5 percent of Iowa's population. (portside.org)

DES MOINES, Iowa – Iowa's Citizens for Community Improvement (CCI) will host three meetings this week to inform residents how to counter the state's new anti-sanctuary law that takes effect July 1. Under the law, a city or county government would lose state funding if it failed to enforce fe ...Read More

Recent data shows that the federal Farm Bill's subsidy programs paid the same 28,000 farmers $19 billion for 32 straight years. (mnhungerinitiative.org

ST. PAUL, Minn. – As Congress works to reauthorize a new farm bill by the end of September, those working to end hunger in the U.S. are encouraged that the latest version would help, not punish, Minnesota's 621,000 residents who use SNAP benefits. The comprehensive bill covers the Supplement ...Read More

The 3.3 million-acre Gila National Forest was the the first wilderness in the United States when it was established in 1905. (earthguardians.org)

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Opponents of a U.S. Air Force plan to expand its flyover zone over the Gila National Forest will likely wait months longer for a draft environmental statement. Public comment is being taken during a scoping process by the Air Force under the National Environmental Policy ...Read More

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