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PNS Daily Newscast - February 21, 2020 


U.S. intelligence has told lawmakers that Russia wants to see Trump reelected; and the Trump public charge rule takes effect Monday.

2020Talks - February 21, 2020 


Tomorrow are the Nevada caucuses, and Nevada Democrats are hoping for them to run far more smoothly than the ones in Iowa. Candidates battle for that top spot and voting continues.

Public News Service - AR: Rural/Farming

Researchers say they are concerned about chemicals in the natural brine that comes out of gas fracking wells. DIAGRAM by the EPA.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Many Arkansans are concerned about the fluids natural-gas drillers pump underground for hydraulic fracturing. But researchers say naturally occurring chemicals, some radioactive, coming out of the wells may be more of an issue. Avner Vengosh, a professor of geochemistry

According to the National Priorities Project, many huge congressional spending battles including one now going on over the farm bill, could be settled by closing corporate tax loopholes. GRAPH by the NPP, based on OMB and CBO figures.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - One of the key budget issues keeping the Farm Bill stuck in congressional gridlock could be solved by closing a single tax loophole, according to budget analysts. Federal agriculture programs are on the verge of expiring, which could cause serious problems for Arkansas's farmers.

Growers' Gift Spaghetti Sauce is made of ingredients gleaned from Arkansas farms, and it's being sold to support gathering produce for the state's hungry. PHOTO from the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - Arkansas farmers and the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance are gleaning and cooking to feed the hungry. Gleaning is a practice that dates back to the Bible, in which farmers let people go into the fields after a harvest and gather left-behind food for the poor. There is so much d

GRAPHIC Federal supports for farmers' markets can have a big impact at a tiny cost, according to the Union of Concerned Scientists. Courtesy of the UCS.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Advocates for tiny federal programs for farmers' markets say they could grow big results for Arkansas farmers, communities, seniors and low-income families – if Congress would pass a farm bill. Jeffrey O'Hara, an economist with the Union of Concerned Scientists who

PHOTO: A lawsuit over government subsidies for a huge confined pig operation next to this tributary of the Buffalo River says hog waste run-off could damage the pristine water of a national park that draws a million visitors annually.

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. - A lawsuit against government subsidies for a factory hog farm near a pristine Arkansas river argues that taxpayer money is being put at risk in a way that endangers a national treasure. A coalition of conservation and citizen groups is suing over federal loan guarantees to C&H Ho

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