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PNS Daily Newscast - April 6, 2020 


More than 3 million Americans have lost employer-based health insurance over the past two weeks; and policy analysts look to keep us healthy and financially stable.

2020Talks - April 6, 2020 


Wisconsin is planning to go ahead with primaries as usual, despite requests for a delay from the Governor, and lawsuits from voting rights advocates. There's also a judicial election, where a liberal judge is challenging the conservative incumbent.

Public News Service - NC: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

RALEIGH, N.C. - North Carolinians unable to care for themselves because of age or a disability are holding their breath Tuesday, waiting to see what happens at the state Capitol. Last week the North Carolina Senate announced major cuts to programs like Meals on Wheels and Medicaid in its version of

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

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