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PNS Daily Newscast - November 15, 2019 


President Trump asks SCOTUS to block release of his tax returns; use of the death penalty is on the decline across the country; and a push to make nutrition part of the health-care debate.

2020Talks - November 15, 2019 


Former MA Gov. Deval Patrick is officially running for president, saying he can attract more Independents and moderate Republicans than other candidates.

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Public News Service - NC: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Photo: Gardening is growing in popularity in North Carolina and the rest of the country, including the practice of urban farming, where little, or not, land is used. Photo courtesy of Ashevillage Institute

ASHEVILLE, N.C. – This weekend, thousands of North Carolinians are expected to roll up their sleeves and spruce up their yards as the weather warms. Many of them also are looking towards plants of an edible variety. According to the National Gardening Association (NGA), 35 percent of Americ

Photo: Emmons founded Sow Much Good to help feed communities in need. Courtesy: Sow Much Good

CORNELIUS, N.C. - Not everyone in North Carolina has access to affordable, fresh food, and this week state lawmakers are taking up the problem of "food deserts" and what to do about them. The term refers to communities without retailers of wholesome food. A bill (HB 957) before the State Assembly ai

PHOTO: It is estimated that 30 percent of farmers and 90 percent of farm workers in North Carolina don't have health insurance  and some may be hesitant to sign up under the Affordable Care Act. Photo courtesy RAFI USA.

RALEIGH, N.C. - As North Carolina farmers work to put food on the tables of the state's residents, many are doing so without health insurance or preventive care. According to the Agromedicine Institute, at least 30 percent of farmers and more than 90 percent of farmworkers do not have health covera

Photo: Bridges on her Shelby dairy farm. Courtesy: RAFI USA

SHELBY, N.C. – Shelby dairy farmer Ashley Bridges has a welcome problem this holiday season – she can't keep enough product on the shelves of the retailers and consumers who are demanding it. A third-generation farmer, five years ago Bridges decided to transition her Guernsey cows comp

Photo: Volunteers help at Drive to End Hunger Event. Courtesy: Drive to End Hunger

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. - The seven food banks in North Carolina have found themselves working harder than ever to feed North Carolinians facing food insecurity. According to the North Carolina Association of Food Banks, the state ranks near the top in the country when it comes to citizens facing a food

Photo: NC farmers wait on the government to process much needed loans. Courtesy: RAFI-USA at Whippoorville Farms in Hickory, NC

SILER CITY, N.C. - As the national government remains "closed for business," North Carolina farmers are struggling to stay open for business in light of the shutdown. Dozens of farmers in the state have been approved for USDA direct farm operating loans, but those payments can't be made until federa

PHOTO: Farmer Foodshare helps collect fresh produce for people in need, to supplement what its research says isn't always the most nutritious donated food at pantries. Courtesy of Farmer Foodshare

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. - The federal government shutdown could threaten disability and food-assistance benefits for some in North Carolina, according to groups charged with helping that population. Although benefits will be distributed despite the shutdown, Kristin Lavergne, director of the Inter-Faith

Photo: Strawberry fields at Cottle Organics in Rose Hill. Courtesy: Cottle Organics

PITTSBORO, N.C. – The landscape of North Carolina's farming industry could change if new food-safety regulations take effect. The changes come as a result of the Food Safety Modernization Act that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) says will prevent almost two million food-borne ill

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