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PNS Daily Newscast - June 5, 2020 


It will likely take donations to help the Twin Cities recover from damage by looters; and state and local governments look for relief in next stimulus bill.

2020Talks - June 5, 2020 


Democrats and Republicans have had drastically different responses to President Trump's militarized response to protests in the nation's capital. And, new electoral maps will be drawn next year, some by legislatures and others by outside entities.

Public News Service - NY: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Supporters of GMO labeling urge passage of a law in New York. (GMOFreeNY.net)

NEW YORK - A bill just approved by the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee could kill state laws requiring the labeling of genetically modified foods, or GMOs, including a bill now pending in New York. Opponents call it the "Deny Americans the Right to Know" or DARK Act. Stacie Orell, director of t

Advocates say 90 percent of Americans want mandatory GMO labeling. (Alexis Baden-Mayer/flickr.com)

NEW YORK - A bill requiring the labeling of foods containing genetically modified organisms, or GMOs, has cleared its first hurdle in the state Assembly. Despite serious opposition from retailers and agricultural industries, the Committee on Consumer Affairs and Protection approved the measure Tuesd

Cutting people off SNAP is expected to put added pressure on food banks and soup kitchens. (USDA/Wikimedia Commons)

NEW YORK - The improvements in the national economy mean about 51,000 New Yorkers will soon lose access to food stamps, or SNAP benefits. New York is one of 23 states where federal waivers that expanded access to SNAP are ending. That means many able-bodied single adults, ages 18 to 49 and with no

Polls show that more than 90 percent of Americans want GMO labeling. Credit: Rosalee Yagihara/Wikimedia.org

NEW YORK - Legislators, consumer advocates and environmentalists are pledging to step up their campaign for a state law to require labels identifying foods with genetically modified ingredients. Gathering today at City Hall in New York City, they're vowing to make the bipartisan GMO labeling bill a

As the number of working poor grows, soup kitchens and food pantries can't keep up. Credit: Greg Vojtko/Wikimedia Commons

NEW YORK - The working poor in New York City and the state are facing a growing epidemic of hunger, according to a new report. The report from the New York City Coalition Against Hunger found that six years after the official end of the recession, one in five New York City kids doesn't have enough

Microbeads are found in personal-care products, including toothpaste and facial scrubs. Credit: Dantor/Wikimedia Commons

ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany County is on track to be the fifth county in the state to ban products containing microbeads. The county legislature passed a bill Monday night banning the sale of products containing the tiny plastic particles. Microbeads are used as exfoliants in a wide variety of personal-c

Several parents are suing Welch Food for what they're calling deceptive marketing practices regarding their Welch's Fruit Snacks products. Credit: Promotion In Motion Companies Inc.

NEW YORK - Does a fruit snack have to contain actual fruit if its packaging indicates it does? That's the question at the center of a federal court case in New York brought by parents suing Welch Foods, the maker of Welch's Fruit Snacks. They say the snacks are "no more healthful than candy." The

People who receive SNAP benefits get an average of $1.40 per meal. Credit: Eric/Flickr.com

NEW YORK - Anti-hunger advocates have been quick to respond to U.S. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's statement that jobs go unfilled because people in the federal food-stamp program, now known as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP, are "doing too good." The remark was qu

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