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PNS Daily Newscast - September 18, 2020 

A federal judge slams the brakes on U.S. Postal Service changes nationwide; and we take you to the state 'out front' for clean elections.

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Trump slams the 1619 project on Constitution Day, and Pennsylvania's Supreme Court makes some election changes.

Public News Service - ID: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOTO: About one-third of schools in Idaho have a new option for lunch. They can offer lunch and breakfast to all students free of charge, if they are 'high-poverty schools.' Photo credit: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

BOISE, Idaho - Many schools in Idaho have a new option for lunch. They can offer lunch and breakfast to all students free of charge - if they are high-poverty schools. Colleen Fillmore, director of the state Education Department's Child Nutrition program, said the so-called Community Eligibility Pr

PHOTO: The Governor has proclaimed today

BOISE, Idaho - EITC are the initials of note at the Idaho State Capitol today for Earned Income Tax Credit Awareness Day, as proclaimed by Gov. Butch Otter. State Senate President Pro Tem Brent Hill, R-Rexburg, will share details about how the federal credit helps working Idaho families and the sta

PHOTO: The Gem State is ranked 16th in today's School Breakfast Scorecard from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC). And the Boise School District is ranked first among 63 districts studied. Photo courtesy USDA.

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho is doing a better job than most of the nation when it comes to getting a nutritious breakfast into the hands of low-income students, according to the School Breakfast Scorecard released today by the Food Research and Action Center. The state is ranked 16th, and the Boise School

PHOTO: Today, October will be proclaimed

GARDEN CITY, Idaho - Today, Lt. Gov. Brad Little will proclaim October as "Hunger and Food Security Awareness Month" in Idaho. The focus is on children this year, as well as on nutrition education for everyone. Kathy Gardner, director, Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force, said it surprises people when

PHOTO: The number of farmers markets in Idaho is up to 51 this season. There were 20 in 2000. Markets aren't just for foodies, many offer products at many price points and some accept food stamps. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith.

BOISE, Idaho - The farmers market season is under way in Idaho, with 51 markets around the state this year - up from just 20 markets 13 years ago. Lessons learned from the trend are being presented today in Boise at the Association of Idaho Cities annual conference. Farmers markets not only benefi

GRAPHIC: Idaho students risk losing reading skills progress when they don't read over the summer. Courtesy of Idaho KIDS COUNT

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho schoolchildren tend to lose something every summer . . . Up to three months of reading skills, according to Idaho Kids Count. It's a loss that can be prevented, and according to Staci Shaw, projects coordinator for the Read to Me project at the Idaho Commission for Libraries, lo

PHOTO: 21,000 low-income students eat free, nutritious summer meals in Idaho. The Gem State is noted as having one of the highest participation levels in the nation. Photo credit: Deborah C. Smith

BOISE, Idaho - Idaho is in the top 10 when it comes to the success of making sure kids get nutritious meals during the summer. A new report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) finds that about 21,000 low-income Idaho students receive free summer meals. It's a number that has held fairly

GRAPHIC: The documentary,

BOISE, Idaho - Hunger knows no geographic boundaries, and it's more prevalent in rural areas than most people realize. The documentary, "A Place at the Table," makes that case - and the Idaho Hunger Relief Task Force is showing the film on Friday in Boise. Joel Berg, a hunger relief expert who is f

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