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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - MA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Pregnant pigs are confined in gestation crates too small to turn around in. Photo Credit: Humane Society of The United States

BOSTON - More than 175 Massachusetts veterinarians have signed a letter to be presented to state legislators asking them to support The Act to Prevent Farm Animal Cruelty. At the heart of the issue are confinement crates for calves and gestation crates used for pregnant pigs. According to Dr. Barr

GRAPHIC: A plan to require photo ID on SNAP cards for Massachusetts food stamp recipients is being criticized as costly and discriminatory. Illustration courtesy AARP

BOSTON - Bills headed for final revision in the Statehouse would make numerous changes in the way Massachusetts administers programs such as cash assistance and SNAP, formerly known as food stamps. The legislation is under fire, particularly because it would require photo IDs. Critics said that woul

PHOTO:  Tens of thousands of eligible Massachusetts kids are not taking advantage of federally-funded summer lunch programs. Hunger and nutrition advocates are laboring to get the word out as schools let out. Courtesy Operation Food Search.

BOSTON - Hunger doesn't take the summer off. That's the message in a new report that shows tens of thousands of low-income kids in Massachusetts aren't getting free lunches they're entitled to under government-run summer nutrition programs. During the 2011-2012 school year, over 270,000 children rec

Animal Welfare Groups want veal & pig gestation crates banned in MA. Photo: HSUS.

SPENCER, Mass. - A livestock bill gets a hearing today in Massachusetts and it's drawing the ire of many animal welfare groups. The bill is touted as an act to promote the care and well-being of livestock, but according to Alexis Fox, the state director for the Humane Society of the United States, i

PHOTO: The Breakfast in the Classroom program has helped put Boston’s public schools at the forefront of a nutrition and education campaign designed to end childhood hunger and turn out healthier and brighter kids. Courtesy FRAC

BOSTON - An early morning celebration is set for Mather Elementary School in Dorchester to mark the success of a breakfast-in-the-classroom program that has put Boston's public schools at the forefront of a nutrition and education campaign designed to turn out healthier and brighter students. They'

Empty refrigerators plague Massachusetts as a new report shows 15 percent – or nearly 1 out of 6 Bay Staters – report not having had enough money to buy food that they or their family needed at some point in 2012. Photo courtesy Mark Scheerer

BOSTON - Food hardship continues to plague Massachusetts. According to a new report, 15 percent of respondents - or nearly one out of six Bay Staters - said they did not have enough money to buy food they or their family needed at some point in 2012. The report, by the Food Research and Action Cen

PHOTO: A new report says lobster fisheries in the Gulf of Maine might be the

BOSTON - The New England lobster, under threat from disease and invasive species, may be the "canary in the coal mine" of climate disruption, according to a new report that examines case studies from around the nation about how global warming is altering wildlife habitats. The National Wildlife Fe

More kids are getting breakfast in school, according to the Food Research and Action Center. But in Massachusetts, aside from Boston public schools, the percentage of children getting in-school breakfasts – while up this school year – lags behind the nation. Photo courtesy FRAC.

BOSTON - More than half of all low-income pupils across the country who participated in school lunch programs also ate school breakfasts, according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center. Advocates say that's a positive step and a boon to learning. However, in Massachusetts, asi

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