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PNS Daily Newscast - March 19, 2019 


Democrats call for investigation of spa owner who allegedly offered access to President Trump. Also on the Tuesday rundown: Prolonged repercussions expected from the “Bomb Cyclone.” Plus, navigating the stumbling blocks to Medicaid expansion.

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Public News Service - MI: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOTO: More Michigan kids are getting the nutrition they need to fuel their minds and bodies at school thanks to a federal program that first was piloted in the state and now is available nationwide. Photo credit: alvimann/morguefile.com.

LANSING, Mich. - There really is such a thing as a free lunch, as well as a free breakfast, and more low-income Michigan kids are getting just that thanks to a federal program that's helping to ensure fewer kids go hungry while reducing red tape for parents and schools. According to the latest dat

PHOTO: Some vegans say giving up animal products doesn't have to be as difficult as many believe, and they hope folks will consider trying it out in January, which they've dubbed

LANSING, Mich. - Move over, "Meatless Mondays." If your New Year's resolutions include shedding a few holiday pounds, being kinder to Mother Earth or cutting your cholesterol levels, you might want to consider taking part in "Veganuary." This is the second year for the U.K.-based online campaign i

PHOTO: Because of its commitment to farm-to-school programs, Michigan was chosen to take part in the USDA's Pilot Project for procurement of unprocessed fruits and vegetables, which will give school districts more flexibility in how they spend their federal dollars. Photo credit: SDRandCo/morguefile.com.

BATTLE CREEK, Mich. - More locally grown fruits and vegetables could soon be coming to a school district near you, thanks to a pilot program from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Linda Jo Doctor, program officer with the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, works with farm-to-school programs in Detroit. She

PHOTO: Attorney General Bill Schuette and other state leaders have officially kicked off the annual Michigan Harvest Gathering, which this year aims to raise enough money and food to provide 2 million meals to Michiganders in need. Photo courtesy of Food Bank Council of Michigan.

LANSING, Mich. - Nearly 17-percent of Michiganders struggle with hunger, and almost a quarter of the state's children don't know where their next meal is coming from. That's why state leaders are coordinating the Michigan Harvest Gathering to help raise funds and food for those in need. Michigan Att

PHOTO: With roughly 100 Central American refugee children currently being housed in Michigan, immigrant advocacy groups are working to address their immediate as well as long-term needs. Photo courtesy of Michigan United.

LANSING, Mich. - They fled their homelands with only what they could carry, and now several Michigan groups are coming together to provide clothing and toiletries for Central American and Mexican children who escaped gang violence and poverty in their native countries this summer. It's estimated th

PHOTO: A convoy of trucks from Canada carrying hundreds of gallons of water crossed into Detroit on Thursday in a gesture of support for city residents whose water has been shut off in recent months. Photo credit: M. Barlow.

DETROIT - Call it a "special delivery" from Canada for Detroiters. A convoy carrying hundreds of gallons of tap water and activists from the Council of Canadians crossed the border Thursday afternoon in an effort to draw attention to the city's ongoing water shutoff saga. Priscilla Dzuibek, a memb

PHOTO: In addition to fasting and prayer, Muslims across Michigan and around the world devote themselves to charitable works during the month of Ramadan, which runs through July 28th. Photo courtesy of Cohdra / Morguefile.com.

DEARBORN, Mich. - The month of Ramadan is the holiest time of year for Muslims, and while many know Ramadan is a time of intense fasting and prayer, they may not be aware it is also a time for charity and giving. Adnan Durrani is the CEO of Saffron Road, a company which produces Halal foods. He say

PHOTO: Classrooms and cafeterias will be emptying out for the summer in the coming days, but thanks to dozens of participating sites across the state, there are still places for low-income kids to get a free meal. Photo courtesy of jdurham / morguefile.com.

FLINT, Mich. - The start of summer vacation means carefree days for many Michigan kids, but for low-income children it can also mean less access to regular meals. That's why the push is on to let Michigan families know where and how they can find free meals this summer, via the federal Summer Nutrit

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