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PNS Daily Newscast - January 16, 2019 


A judge rules on a controversial citizenship question for the 2020 Census; some fishing communities expect to feel the effects of the government shutdown; and new climate concerns as Antarctic ice is melting faster than we thought.

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Public News Service - MN: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

State and county workers in Minnesota are working hard to make sure the state's 500,000 low-income people receive their February food stamp benefits early, despite a partial federal government shutdown.(minneapolismn.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — As the partial federal government shutdown drags on, the United States Department of Agriculture will pay February's Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program funds starting in late January rather than on the regular schedule. Colleen Moriarty, executive director with Hunge

About 235,000 Minnesotans live more than 10 miles from a large grocery store. (Tony Webster/Flickr)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — A program designed to give access to healthy, affordable food to Minnesotans will run out of funding without reinvestment from the Legislature this year. Health groups are urging lawmakers to renew it. Distance and income are a barrier to food for more than 340,000 Minnesot

About 460,000 Minnesotans receive SNAP food benefits, part of the 2019 Farm Bill signed by President Donald Trump on Thursday. (salvationarmynorth.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Organizations that fight hunger in the U.S. are applauding the 2019 Farm Bill, but they point out that millions of Americans will still need to visit food pantries in the coming year. The bill signed by President Donald Trump does not include stricter work requirements for

The Minneapolis Public Schools procured 130,000 pounds of produce from 15 farms in 2017. (wbaa.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. — When the 2019 session convenes next month, Minnesota legislators will hear about the success of farm-to-school programs and how they could be improved with a centralized approach and additional state funding. Relying on locally sourced food would mean small farms can sell t

The USDA has linked at least 29 facilities to turkey meat that has caused salmonella-related illnesses, but it hasn't publicly identified them. (Amy Meredith/Flickr)

MINNEAPOLIS — With Thanksgiving approaching, concerns about salmonella in turkey products is on the table for many consumer groups. A drug-resistant strain of the bacteria has made more than 160 people in 35 states sick and killed one person in the past year, according to the Centers for Disea

About 40-million low-income Americans rely on the Supplemental Nutritional Assistance Program. (renewscarborough.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Advocates for Minnesota families who face food insecurity are eager to know what the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program will look like when Congress passes a 2018 Farm Bill. Formerly known as Food Stamps, SNAP helps puts food on the table for one in eight Minnesotans

Lack of affordable housing, loss of employment and chronic health conditions are the three top reasons people are homeless in Minnesota. (blogs.mprnews.org)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – The annual Minnesota Coalition for the Homeless Conference will be held in Duluth next week as Minneapolis responds to one of the largest homeless settlements the city has ever seen. While homeless camps in many cities are quickly demolished by law enforcement officials, M

The University of Minnesota has developed 27 varieties of apples since 1878, including the popular Honeycrisp apple. (UNM)

ST. PAUL, Minn. – Minnesota's newest apple debuted at the State Fair this week, with fairgoers more than willing to pay three dollars to taste "First Kiss," the latest apple from the University of Minnesota. UMN has one of three apple-breeding programs in the country and 20 years ago, create

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