PNS Daily Newscast UPDATE - October 17, 2019 

Congressman Elijah Cummings has died. Also on the rundown: President Trump puts some distance between himself and policy on Syria. South Dakota awaits a SCOTUS ruling on the insanity defense, plus the focus remains on election security for 2020.

2020Talks - October 17, 2019 

Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar, two members of the Squad, endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders. Plus, some candidates are spending more than they're raising.

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Public News Service - AZ: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOENIX, Ariz. - The U.S. House Agriculture Committee has voted to recommend cutting the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) by $36 billion over 10 years, in line with GOP budget mandates to reduce spending. It also chose to cut only the former food stamp program, rather than trimming s

PHOENIX - Ever since the Great Recession started four years ago, donations to Arizona's food banks have kept pace with the rising need for emergency food - until now. Terry Shannon, president of the St. Mary's Food Bank Alliance, has seen a disturbing downward trend in food and financial contributi

PHOENIX - Two groups often at odds over federal policies have issued a joint report identifying $1 trillion in potential spending cuts. The study comes as a congressional "super committee" begins its search for $1.5 trillion in deficit reductions. Serena Unrein, a public-interest advocate with Ariz

PHOENIX - Arizona is among the lowest-ranking states in the nation when it comes to families' ability to put food on the table. According to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center, Arizona tied with Louisiana for seventh-worst in this regard, with 29 percent of families with children

PHOENIX - Time is running out for some 15,000 Arizona households who will stop getting unemployment checks next week unless the Legislature changes a single word in state law. The change would allow those still looking for work after 79 weeks to receive an additional 20 weeks of benefits already au

PHOENIX - Any Arizonan qualified for federal food assistance can get it - for now - but advocates say that would change under the budget proposed by U.S. House Republicans. The GOP budget would convert SNAP, the food stamp program, to a state block grant and cut its total funding by 20 percent. Ari

PHOENIX - President Obama's budget proposal would halve federal funding for community-action programs. Managers of the agencies which administer those funds in Arizona say such a drastic cut will cripple efforts to provide critical assistance for thousands of families struggling to survive. With th

PHOENIX - Demand for emergency food rose 27 percent last year at Arizona's food banks. Applications for the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program, or food stamps, were up 33 percent. And Ginny Hildebrand, president of the Association of Arizona Food Banks, says the outlook for 2011 is no bette

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