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PNS Daily Newscast - June 22, 2018 


GOP leadership puts its efforts to fix immigration on hold. Also on the Friday rundown: Florida students take their gun control message to the Midwest; and a call for renewal of the Land and Water Conservation Fund.

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Public News Service - WA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Free summer meal programs are helping working families, who spend an extra $300 on food when school is out. (School's Out Washington)

SEATTLE – Summer break is approaching in Washington state, which also means many families can't rely on school for a meal during the day. Schools and summer programs will be stepping up to fill the gap with free summer meals. Marci Asher is the executive director of the Urban Family Center i

About 25 percent of the calories consumed globally come from rice, which is under threat from rising carbon dioxide levels. (Calmuziclover/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Rice is an important source of nutrients for billions of people around the world, but it could lose some of its key health benefits as carbon dioxide levels continue to rise. Researchers found rice is sapped of essential B vitamins when concentrations of the most common greenhouse

WSU researchers have developed a micro-particle they say can be fed to bees to help them withstand exposure to pesticides. (Photo courtesy of Brandon Hopkins and Waled Suliman.)

PULLMAN, Wash. – Two Washington State University researchers have been recognized for their development of a food supplement that helps bee colonies survive the toxic effects of pesticides. Brandon Hopkins and Waled Suliman developed a carbon micro-particle beekeepers can add to meals that r

One of the farmers involved in the Photovoice project, Anna Caruso of Caruso Farms, says she takes care of the land to produce food for people, but also for her children. (Anna Caruso)

SNOHOMISH, Wash. – A new project captures the issues facing agriculture in Snohomish County through the farmer's lens - literally. Seven farmers took part in the Photovoice project hosted by the Snohomish Conservation District and the Nature Conservancy, snapping photos that expressed the im

Bees are important pollinators for plants and flowers, but in the past year, populations nationwide have dropped by one-third. (Andreas/Flickr)

SEATTLE – Today is the final day for the public to comment on an updated assessment of four pesticides that environmental and food-safety groups worry are killing off bees. Hundreds of thousands of public comments are being delivered to EPA headquarters in Washington, D.C., today by Friends

The federal Summer Food Service program provides funding for children's meals while school is out. (School's Out Washington)

EVERETT, Wash. - Summer vacation is here, and while that means fun in the sun, for some it also means a lot of hungry days. Children who normally rely on free and reduced-price lunches are able to get meals through the federal Summer Food Service Program. However, the Food Resource and Action Cente

Only about 1 in 10 Americans is eating the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables, according to the CDC. (Prayitno/flickr)

SEATTLE – This week is National Farmers Market Week, and farmers in Washington want you to try something new. The U.S. Department of Agriculture started Farmers Market Week 17 years ago to promote fresh fruits and vegetables and highlight the work of farmers across the country. In Washingt

Olympic Peninsula YMCAs are using school gardens to teach children during the summer. (Growing Great/flickr)
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SEATTLE - Children who rely on school meal programs often struggle with hunger over the summer, when access to meal programs is limited. According to a report from the Food Research and Action Center, Washington saw a 27 percent increase in average participation per day in summer nutrition programs

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