PNS Daily Newscast - March 30, 2020 

Trump extends social distancing guidelines through April 30. The coronavirus is taking its toll on nonprofits; and scammers have already set their sights on your COVID-19 relief check.

2020Talks - March 30, 2020 

Campaigning from Joe Biden and Bernie Sanders has been virtual, and largely about the novel coronavirus. Sanders also spoke out about the Trump administration's Interior Department order to disestablish the Mashpee Wampanoag's reservation in Southern Massachusetts.

Public News Service - CA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Californians are honoring the birthday of the late civil rights and farm labor leader Cesar Chavez. According to California Assembly Speaker pro tem Nora Campos, Cesar Chavez Day today recognizes his work fighting for the rights of some of society's most vulnerable members. "As

PHOTO: Counties in the San Joaquin Valley again rank as some of the unhealthiest in the state according to the fifth annual County Health Rankings report by the Robert Wood Foundation and the University of Wisconsin. Photo credit: Kern County Farm Bureau.

People in the San Joaquin Valley are living in some of the unhealthiest counties in the state, according to a new report. The fifth annual "County Health Rankings" report puts Fresno, Kern and Stanislaus counties near the bottom when it comes to factors such as smoking, employment, physical activit

PHOTO: Nick Nyhart is president of Public Campaign, which supports public funding for elections. Photo courtesy Public Campaign.

Two hedge-fund billionaires with opposite political leanings have just organized themselves and their wealthy friends to inject more than $100 million into this year's electoral campaigns. Their efforts continue the pattern made possible by judicial rulings that have opened the floodgates to unlimi

PHOTO: The national farm animal rescue group, Farm Sanctuary, is encouraging people to save a turkey this Thanksgiving. The Adopt a Turkey Project gives people the opportunity to sponsor one of the rescued birds who reside at the group's shelters in California and New York. The group has provided care for more than 1,000 rescued turkeys over the last 25 years. Photo courtesy Farm Sanctuary.

ACTON, Calif. - President Obama isn't the only one who can pardon a Thanksgiving turkey. A national farm animal rescue group is giving every Californian a chance to save a turkey this Thanksgiving. According to Bruce Friedrich, advocacy director for Farm Sanctuary, through the "Adopt a Turkey Proj

PHOTO: A screenshot from undercover video allegedly filmed at a Colorado cattle facility owned by a California company based in Tulare. Three workers were arrested on Friday for animal cruelty. Video from Compassion Over Killing.

TULARE, Calif. - A California company is vowing to cooperate with authorities investigating allegations of animal abuse at one of their livestock operations in Colorado. A national animal rights group released disturbing undercover video last week that allegedly shows workers mistreating calves at Q

Photo: Local California farmers say proposed new rules under the Food and Drug Administration's (FDA's) Food Safety Modernization Act may come down unfairly on sustainable and organic producers and on farmers who sell locally through farmersí markets, Community Supported Agriculture (CSAs), and farm stands. Photo credit: Full Belly Farm

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Some California farmers are voicing concerns over the FDA's proposed implementation of the Food Safety Modernization Act. They say the rules are excessive and may put small farmers out of business. Judith Redmond, the co-owner of Full Belly Farm in Guinda, sells her organic frui

PHOTO: Four fishermen groups want the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to reverse its decision to end the

SAN DIEGO - A lawsuit is being filed over the decision to end the "no otter zone" in Southern California. Some fishing industry groups say allowing sea otters to come back will "ravage" valuable fisheries for sea urchins, lobsters and other species preyed on by the animals. However, environmental gr

PHOTO: Supporters of the California prisoner hunger strike march outside Corcoran State Prison. Photo Credit: Urszula.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – California prisoners are starving for change. A hunger strike that began earlier this month is nearing the end of its third week, with some 1,000 inmates at 11 prisons still refusing meals. At issue is the widespread use of segregated housing units for prisoners in lon

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