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PNS Daily Newscast - April 6, 2020 


More than 3 million Americans have lost employer-based health insurance over the past two weeks; and policy analysts look to keep us healthy and financially stable.

2020Talks - April 6, 2020 


Wisconsin is planning to go ahead with primaries as usual, despite requests for a delay from the Governor, and lawsuits from voting rights advocates. There's also a judicial election, where a liberal judge is challenging the conservative incumbent.

Public News Service - MA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

GRAPHIC: While food insecurity in Massachusetts is below the levels in many other states, nearly eleven percent of all Commonwealth households are struggling to put food on the table. Source: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

BOSTON – Food insecurity will not loosen its grip on many Commonwealth households. According to the latest government figures, one in nine Massachusetts households struggled, on average, with hunger over the years 2011-2013. Among those households considered to be food insecure, 4 percent

PHOTO: Nearly 900 Commonwealth schools may be eligible for a program that would feed all their students breakfasts and lunches and do away with much of the paperwork and application hassles. An effort is under way to make sure they know about it and act by the end of this month. Photo Credit: U.S. Department of Agriculture.

BOSTON – Some 880 high-poverty schools in the Commonwealth may be eligible for a program that would feed all their students breakfasts and lunches, eliminate the stigma that such singled-out students sometimes face and do away with much of the paperwork and application hassles. The difficult

GRAPHIC: A new report on Summer Nutrition Programs shows Massachusetts and many other states are doing a better job of helping children stay nourished and healthy when school’s out. Credit: U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

GLOUCESTER, Mass. – A new

PHOTO: Sabine and Aiden lived out of the boy's stroller at South Station and in an emergency room until qualifying for shelter admission. Commonwealth doctors and educators are joining advocates urging a change in eligibility requirements for emergency shelter. Credit: MLRI.

BOSTON – Advocates for the homeless say they'll continue to fight to change a regulation that sometimes requires homeless families with children to live in places unfit for human habitation before becoming eligible for a shelter. Last fall Sabine, a Boston nursing assistant, kept all her ear

PHOTO: Massachusetts does not fare well in a new scorecard showing the scope and reach of free breakfast programs for low-income children in schools. Photo credit: Wikimedia Commons.

BOSTON – Massachusetts does not fare well in a new scorecard showing the scope and reach of free breakfast programs for low-income children in schools nationwide. The figures released by the Food Research and Action Center show the Commonwealth ranked 48th out of 50 states and Washington, D.

PHOTO: Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings may have to be trimmed back this November, as automatic cuts in SNAP, or food stamp, benefits are beginning to affect thousands of Commonwealth residents. Photo by Ben Franske, Wikimedia Commons.

BOSTON – During the recession, the stimulus package temporarily boosted the amount of SNAP or food stamp benefits. But that's expiring, and households like Laurinda DeRosa's in Dorchester are going to see a drop in benefits this month – in her case $29 less per month. DeRosa lost her

PHOTO: PBS “Frontline” correspondent Hedrick Smith, who won a Pulitzer Prize for his coverage of the Soviet Union, has turned his attention to America and what’s ailing it. Courtesy Hedrick Smith Productions.

BOSTON - Hedrick Smith won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the Soviet Union and wrote a best-seller called "The Russians." Now it's America that's under the magnifier wielded by Smith, a former New York Times editor and a correspondent on the PBS show "Frontline." According to Smith, the 22 m

It's easier for low-income children in high-poverty Boston public schools to get free meals this year. The program hopes to remove the stigma sometimes attached to students who are fed free breakfasts and lunches. Photo courtesy FRAC.

Boston, MA - The term "CEO" has a new meaning in Boston Public Schools. It stands for the community eligibility option that makes it easier for children in high-poverty Boston schools to receive free meals. Just rolled out in the city this fall, CEO allows a school made up mostly of low-income child

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