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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - OR: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

It's unclear if Oregon students will return to the classroom this academic year. (shangarey/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. -- With schools closed, Oregon teachers are finding other ways to support students and their communities. Claudia McClellan is a Spanish teacher at Westview High School in the Beaverton School District. After classes were suspended, McClellan grew concerned about her students' well-

Health professionals say it's important to maintain social connections, such as over the phone, while in isolation from COVID-19. (sewcream/Adobe Stock)

MEDFORD, Ore. -- The coronavirus crisis is disrupting people's lives, but a few tips can help folks stay healthy while they stay home. Andy Luther, medical director of Jackson Care Connect, says physical distancing is important, but Oregonians should maintain their social connections. He says pe

Oregon pantries are getting creative with assistance, including delivering food boxes. (happy_lark/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Food assistance programs are making sure people have the resources they need during the COVID-19 outbreak. Oregon Food Bank CEO Susannah Morgan says there's no worry of her network running out of food at the moment. The food bank warehouse has 4 million pounds of food at any giv

About 10% of Oregon's population lives in neighborhoods considered difficult to count for the next census. (Tada Images/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - Oregon Food Bank is mobilizing its statewide network to ensure every Oregonian is counted in this year's census. This is the first time Oregon Food Bank is taking part in census outreach efforts. Rae Dunnaville, movement building manager with the organization, says they're in prim

About 688,000 people are expected to be affected by new rules for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. (U.S. Department of Agriculture/Flickr)

PORTLAND, Ore. – The Trump administration's new rule tightening work restrictions for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program is drawing strong criticism from hunger-fighting groups. The finalized U.S. Department of Agriculture rule undoes the ability of states to issue waivers on the

More than 11% of Oregonians ages 10 to 17 are considered obese, according to the Trust for America's Health. (adrian_ilie825/Adobe Stock)

PORTLAND, Ore. - To combat rising obesity rates among children, experts say healthy eating habits are key. One program aiming to put kids on track for healthier food choices is Food Roots in Tillamook County, which partners with six schools in the area. Its farm-to-school program manager, Rachel Pe

A proposed rule change from the USDA could mean 60,000 fewer Oregonians would receive SNAP benefits, potentially straining resources like food banks. (Oregon Food Bank)

PORTLAND, Ore. – Anti-hunger advocates are pushing back against a Trump administration proposal that could kick more than three million people off food stamps. Under the current rule, qualified recipients of Temporary Assistance for Needy Families are automatically enrolled in the Supplement

The Double Up Food Bucks program is available in roughly half of Oregon's farmers markets. (Farmers Market Fund)

PORTLAND, Ore. – A program that helps food-benefit recipients purchase fresh fruits and vegetables is set to expand with additional funding from Oregon. The Double Up Food Bucks program matches every dollar up to $5 or $10 spent at farmers markets for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Progra

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