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PNS Daily Newscast - July 6,2020 


Today is the final day to register to vote in Arizona's primary election; the FDA declines to back Trump claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are "harmless."

2020Talks - July 6, 2020 


This year's July 4th had COVID-19, ongoing protests about systemic racism, and a presidential visit to Mt. Rushmore. Plus, Trump signed an order to plan a new statue park.

Public News Service - NC: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

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

Photo: Before picture Raleigh? market, that Reinvestment Partners has since rehabbed. Courtesy: Reinvestment Partners

RALEIGH, N.C. - In dozens of communities in North Carolina, finding fresh fruit and vegetables isn't always easy. Instead, people find lots of processed and sugary foods that nutritionists say add to the growing obesity problem in the state. The Support Center in Raleigh is offering a new loan pro

Photo: Food available at one of the Loaves & Fishes pantries. Courtesy: Loaves & Fishes

CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Many of the 1.7 million people in North Carolina in need of food are caught in a tangle of technical red tape caused by the state's new electronic benefits payment system. At a cost of $48 million, NC FAST is meant to provide an online method to distribute SNAP assistance - more c

Photo: Vollmer on his farm in Bunn. Courtesy: Vollmer Farms

BUNN, N.C. - With thundershowers forecast for much of the state this week, North Carolina farmers are holding their breaths once again. They are waterlogged from a rainy spring and summer, and already down many thousands of dollars in income. Parts of the state have seen double the average amount of

Photo: Organically fed cows at Hickory Nut Gap Farm. Courtesy: Hickory Nut Gap Farm

FAIRVIEW, N.C. - North Carolina's organic farmers are concerned about their livelihood because of a bill proposed in the North Carolina House. House Bill 379 places the State Board of Agriculture in control of commercial planting in the state, and would prevent local cities and counties from passing

Photo: Pictures of outdoor play space in Randolph County. Courtesy: Randolph County Partnership for Children

ASHEBORO, N.C. - Thousands of children across North Carolina are learning to play in the dirt again. It's part of a statewide effort to increase the health and nutrition education for children and their families called Shape NC. In Randolph County alone, 4,000 children benefit from the program, whic

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