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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Public News Service - NC: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

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

The Food Bank of the Albemarle and at least 20 other North Carolina food banks distribute venison donated from hunters across the state. (Food Bank of the Albemarle)

ELIZABETH CITY, N.C. – North Carolina has an overabundance of deer and a growing population of citizens who are food insecure. While those may sound like two unrelated problems, a program is tackling them both in an unconventional way. The Farmers and Communities Manage Deer program began

The Family Resource Center at Emma leads groups, including Motheread, which teaches the importance of reading between a mother and child. Norma Duran Brown leads the class (right). Credit: Children First/Communities in Schools

ASHEVILLE, N.C. - As many people wait for the economic recovery to benefit them, communities across the state count on family resource centers to help support parents in the form of food-and-clothing access, parent education and after school care. Since public schools touch the lives of millions

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