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PNS Daily Newscast - February 17, 2020 


44 Americans infected, but not all show signs of coronavirus illness; and many NC counties declare themselves 'Second Amendment sanctuaries.'

2020Talks - February 17, 2020 


Nevada's experiment with early caucusing is underway until tomorrow. Some candidates plus some Nevada Culinary Workers Union Local 226 members oppose Medicare for All, but Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders defends it, with a study just published making the case for it.

Public News Service - MN: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Minneapolis, MN – Use of food shelves across Minnesota is "exploding," according to an advocate for the hungry who has just toured the state to get an update on use and trends in the public food supplies. Sue Kainz, spokeswoman with Minnesota Foodshare, is just back from a two-week trip meeti

St. Paul, MN – A new study finds Minnesota isn't making good enough use of the national School Breakfast Program, even though starting the day off with a good, healthy breakfast helps kids learn. Colleen Moriarty, executive director of Hunger Solutions Minnesota, says the breakfast program wor

Duluth, MN – A nationwide effort is underway with one item on the agenda - ending poverty. It's being driven by the Community Action Partnership, and Stan Kaitfors, the group's Minnesota spokesman, says it's designed to raise awareness about the extent of economic need, and to get local commun

Minneapolis, MN – A Minnesota children's hospital has become the first kids' hospital in the country to take what's called the "Healthy Food Pledge." Dr. David Wallinga is organizing the drive in Minnesota. He says it's aimed at improving health and keeping down healthcare costs. "The pledge

Minneapolis, MN – People are hungry now and public food supplies must be increased immediately. That's the view of a Minnesota activist on poverty and hunger concerns, who says that, while state efforts to end poverty by the year 2020 are all very well, there are more immediate needs which mu

Minneapolis, MN – Food shelves across Minnesota report more people than ever are coming through their doors. While the rate of increase isn't skyrocketing as it has in previous years, they expect to set another usage record this year. Even though it's starting to level off, and that's good ne

St. Paul, MN – A Minnesota nonprofit group has set up a service that offers information about programs and services many families may be eligible for, but don't know about. Children's Defense Fund spokesman Mark Kimball says it covers things like childcare, energy assistance, health needs and

Lyons, NE – The Senate starts work today on a new, multi-billion dollar Farm Bill. Dan Owens with the Center for Rural Affairs believes one priority for Minnesota and the Midwest is changing the current policy of providing subsidies to the largest farm operations. He says that could be a hot i

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