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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - AR: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

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

Arkansas has the highest rate of senior hunger in the country, according to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance. (Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance)

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - More than 240,000 Arkansans over age 60 are considered food insecure. That means 40 percent of the state's senior population isn't always sure there'll be enough money to meet their basic needs and buy groceries. Despite programs like Supplemental Nutrition Assistance or "SNAP

Deputy USDA Secretary Krysta Harden was among those leading a trade mission to Ghana, where the agency signed agreements worth $58 million over the next five years. Courtesy: USDA

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Farmers from Arkansas and other states could be pitching in to help others half a world away, as part of new agreements forged by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The USDA just hosted a trade mission to Ghana, which included announcing some "Food for Progress" agreements to

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