PNS Daily Newscast - September 20, 2019 

A whistleblower complaint against President Trump sets off tug-of-war between Congress and the White House; and students around the world strike today to demand action on climate change.

2020Talks - September 20, 2019. (3 min.)  

Climate change is a big issue this election season, and global climate strikes kick off, while UAW labor strikes continue.

Daily Newscasts

Public News Service - NY: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

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/

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

A Hudson Valley nonprofit partners with local farms to provide fresh, locally produced milk to schools in the Taconic Hills Central School District, but its ultimate goal is to produce more farmers as well. Credit: Matthew Green/

COPAKE, N.Y. - The founders of the New York nonprofit FarmOn! Foundation, say they're on a mission to bring fresh food from New York's farms to school lunch tables. Their "Milk Money Local Milk Initiative" provides what the group says is higher-quality milk from local farms to eight school distri

PHOTO: The Food Research and Action Center says New York ranks 40th out of 50 states for participation in free School Breakfast Programs for low-income children. Photo courtesy U.S. Dept. of Agriculture.

NEW YORK - A new report shows 11 million low-income children from around the nation participate, on an average day, in free breakfast programs - but when it comes to reaching hungry kids New York is at the "back of the bus." The report from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) shows New York

PHOTO: Home for Thanksgiving? Some New Yorkers say it would be nice to have a home, with food. The struggle against homelessness and hunger goes on through the holidays. Photo credit: Kyle James/Flickr.

MINEOLA, N.Y. - Thanksgiving week finds New York nonprofits that focus on hunger and homelessness stretched tight, even two years after the havoc of Superstorm Sandy. Randi Shubin Dresner, president and chief executive of Island Harvest, says it's been a "tough year." The food pantries and agencies

PHOTO: A 'two-generation' approach to lifting New York's children out of poverty is called for in a new report setting forth recommendations for states. Photo credit: Wikipedia.

NEW YORK - If the State of New York wants to lift its children out of poverty it should put its focus on their parents at the same time, according to a new Annie E. Casey Foundation KIDS COUNT policy report. The report says a 'two-generation' approach is needed to give families tools to get on a

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