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PNS Daily Newscast - August 7, 2020 


The State Attorney of NY moves to dissolve the NRA; an update on the potential wave of pandemic evictions.


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The Commission on Presidential Debates rejects Trump campaign's request for a fourth debate. Hawaii has a primary tomorrow, but there are only 8 vote service centers.

Public News Service - OH: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

The Office of Management and Budget is reviewing a proposed rule that is expected to reduce the importation of fraudulent organic products. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Some Ohio farmers are anxiously awaiting a new federal rule designed to get tough on fraudulent organic imports. The Strengthening Organic Enforcement rule is expected to enhance federal oversight of organic accreditation and certification. Angela Schriver, an organic grain farmer

AmeriCorps Summer VISTA Associates provide support to child nutrition programs in Ohio during the summer months. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohioans sidelined by the COVID-19 pandemic have an opportunity to help contribute to the solution. The AmeriCorps VISTA program is looking for associates to assist with the summer meal program for children, as well as its year-long service program. The Ohio Association of Foodb

Groups are urging Ohio officials to establish social-distancing rules for the state's farmers' markets to keep them open during the COVID-19 pandemic. (Wikimedia Commons)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Concern over the survival of family farms during the COVID-19 crisis has spurred food policy and farm groups in the state to urge lawmakers to pass policies that would help small and mid-size farmers. Amalie Lipstreu, policy director at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Associati

Child-nutrition programs in Ohio serve more than 1 million meals daily across more than 3,000 sites. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio -- Ohio schools will begin their coronavirus shutdown later today, and local and state agencies and organizations are mobilizing quickly to ensure children in need don't go hungry. There are hundreds of thousands of K-12 students who rely on free or reduced-price meals at school, an

Hunger-fighting groups point out that food insecurity among Ohioans hasn't improved significantly since the end of the Great Recession. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - With the U.S. House and Senate in recess this week, poverty-fighting groups in Ohio are hopeful the state's congressional leaders will hear their calls to save crucial safety-net programs. The White House released its $4.8 trillion executive budget last week. Trump's budget plan w

Nearly 80,000 people have signed an online petition protesting changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (AdobeStock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Rural areas of Ohio and other states could bear the brunt of upcoming changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. An estimated 45,000 Ohioans are at risk of losing food assistance in April when a new Trump administration rule goes into effect tightening the work requir

Some Ohions who rely on federal food assistance could see benefits reduced by $45 a month if the Trump administration's latest proposal is adopted. (Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio – As some Ohioans prepare for a big Thanksgiving feast, others brace for a possible hit to their food budgets. The Trump administration wants to cut Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits by $4.5 billion over five years by changing how states use household utility co

About 13% of Ohioans struggle with food insecurity. (HNFOTO/Adobe Stock)

COLUMBUS, Ohio - Ohio already has a high rate of food insecurity, and during this Hunger Action Month, there are concerns it could become an even bigger problem if eligibility changes for SNAP benefits. An estimated 61,000 Ohioans could lose their food assistance if what is known as "categorical el

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