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PNS Daily Newscast - December 2, 2020 


COVID cases spike in WV jails; Gov. Justice urged to follow guidelines. And the feds investigate an alleged bribery-for-presidential-pardon scheme.


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Trump's allies refuse to stop challenging the election results, despite federal investigators saying no fraud occurred.

Public News Service - AR: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

A grant program is geared toward getting more Arkansas children to eat fresh food. (Virginia Carter)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Almost $17 million in grants are heading to organizations that help feed the hungry with the goal of getting low-income residents to eat healthier. The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance has been awarded $94,000 for a pilot program to let SNAP recipients double their benefits at far

Arkansas is the third leading producer of farm-raised catfish in the nation. (USDA)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Catfish farmers in Arkansas are fighting back against an effort to gut the country's only safety inspection program, saying it would be a threat to the American public. They also say it could hurt Arkansas' economy. The state is one of the top producers of farm-raised catfish in

Eight in 10 children who get free lunch at school don't participate in summer meal programs, according to Hunger Free America. (Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Eighty percent of the children who get free lunch at school don't participate in summer meal programs, mostly because their parents and guardians aren't aware of them, according to the anti-hunger group Hunger Free America. Joel Berg, the group's chief executive, is pushing the

Rice is Arkansas' number one crop, and opening up trade with Cuba could mean a boost to the state's economy. (USDA)

FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Human-rights issues and free elections continue to be at the forefront of the United States' tentatively renewed relationship with Cuba. President Obama visited the country recently and has taken some steps toward lifting the trade embargo, but that would need congressional appr

12,000 Arkansas able bodies adults will be cut off from the federal food stamp program on April 1st, and food pantries say they aren't ready. (dhhs.ne.gov)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – The state estimates about 12,000 unemployed Arkansas residents will lose their food assistance benefits on April 1 because of reinstated work requirements. Benefits from the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) will now be limited to three months for able-bodi

Some 290,000 Arkansas children quality for free or reduced-price lunch at school, and there's an effort under way to make sure they get breakfast too. (Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – More than 60 percent of Arkansas children qualify for free or reduced-price lunch at school, and there's an effort underway to provide them with breakfast as well. The Food Research and Action Center's School Breakfast Scorecard for the 2014-2015 school year shows Arkansa

An Arkansas agency has received national recognition for its work to reduce food insecurity issues in the state. (Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - The Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance is getting some national recognition for its work fighting food insecurity in the state. The National Commission on Hunger is a bipartisan group appointed by Congress to develop innovative public and private food-assistance programs. The commi

More than 23 million Americans live at least 10 miles away from stores that offer fresh food for sale. (Veronica Carter)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Making sure every American has access to healthy, fresh food is the point behind a University of Arkansas study. Arkansas has the highest obesity rate in the nation, and many areas that are considered "food deserts," where people live 10 miles or more from a supermarket that sel

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