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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2018 


Trump clashes with Democrats and threatens a government shutdown if he doesn’t get his border wall. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Lawmakers agree on an $867-billion Farm Bill; and a new report finds private community correction centers failing to rehabilitate people who live there.

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Public News Service - NC: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

The community group Jesus House of Prayer takes a load of Florence Disaster Relief supplies to Johnston County. (Whichard/Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina)

WILMINGTON, N.C. — This week, members of Congress are expected to release a compromise version of the Farm Bill that could impact the future of the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program for people in North Carolina and the rest of the country. It comes at a time when the food assistance

Several major state roads and sections of interstate remain closed, forcing some relief groups to air-drop supplies via helicopter. (NC Dept. of Public Safety/Flickr)

KINSTON, N.C. – After a few days' wait, Federal Emergency Management Agency officials are in eastern North Carolina today, assessing the damage done by Hurricane Florence and creating the infrastructure to address the need. But local community groups are already several steps ahead of them.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 32 percent of North Carolina seniors live in poverty and regularly confront almost empty food pantries. (Jewel Lake-Parish/Flickr)

RALEIGH, N.C. - The U.S. House of Representatives is expected to vote Thursday on the Agriculture and Nutrition Act of 2018, more commonly known as the Farm Bill. While the name might imply it will influence only the country's agriculture industry, the impact extends far beyond that. At stake in th

The Long family exclusively uses heirloom seeds passed down from the Eastern Band of Cherokee and does seed shares to make sure they're around for generations to come. (Long Family Farms and Gallery)

CHEROKEE, N.C. – This week's warm and sunny weather forecast in most parts of the state likely has many digging out their garden gloves and playing in the dirt. But before you head to a big-box store to purchase your seeds and plants, the state's land conservancies and family farms hope you'll

MANNA FoodBank in Asheville distributed more than 4 million pounds of fresh produce in 2016. (MANNA FoodBank)

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – Fueling the belly and the soul is the goal of a growing number of food banks in North Carolina. While traditionally shelf-stable cans and prepared meals have long been thought of as the menu of choice for people in need, organizations are working to improve the food that is a

Ridgefield Farm in Clay County, home of Brasstown Beef, is under an agricultural easement with the Mainspring Conservation Trust. (Mainspring)

BRASSTOWN, N.C. - Farmers' markets are in full swing across North Carolina, with tables full of locally-sourced produce, meats and crafts. In addition to water, sunshine and sweat equity to create the bounty of crops, land also is needed to meet the demand. That's what North Carolina's land trusts

New data from the U.S. Department of Agriculture indicates slightly fewer Americans are in need of food assistance, and the agency attributes the shift to an improving economy. (dodgertonskillhause/morguefile.com)

RALEIGH, N.C. – While approximately one in four North Carolinians utilizes food assistance programs at some point each year, at least some of the need for programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is seeing a slight decrease. A report released by the U.S. Departme

North Carolina's Community Action Agencies

LILLINGTON, N.C. - With Valentine's Day just two days away, many North Carolinians are looking for ways to "show the love" to friends and family - but North Carolina's 37 community-action agencies do that 365 days a year in the communities they serve. At least 92,000 people annually receive assista

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