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PNS Daily Newscast - August 11, 2020 

Small business owners say postal delays make it harder to survive the pandemic; federal stimulus funding falls short for mental health treatment.

2020Talks - August 11, 2020 

Connecticut updates its election rules, and two Trump allies face off in Georgia's state runoff. Plus, a preview of next week's Democratic National Convention.

Public News Service - WA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Washington currently estimates people eat about 8 ounces of fish per month. (lauramusikanski/Morguefile)

SEATTLE - A lawsuit filed by a number of environmental groups in the state of Washington against the Environmental Protection Agency might have you rethinking the fish proportions you eat. Waterway watchdog groups and commercial fishing organizations are asking the U.S. District Court to decide on

Organically-raised cattle produce meat with more omega-3 fatty acids, a compound linked to lowered risks of cardiovascular disease. (wiselywoven/morguefile)

SEATTLE - Researchers who analyzed multiple studies from around the world have concluded organic production of dairy products and meat provides more nutrients for diners. The findings, in the British Journal of Nutrition, says organic meat and dairy has 50 percent more omega-three fatty acids, wh

Shuttle services, meals at senior centers and other places for older people to socialize will go without United Way funding in King County starting next year. (Bryan Ilyankoff)

SEATTLE - It may be the season of giving, but United Way of King County has told about 30 groups it's taking away money in the new year, from programs that serve older people and those with disabilities - and they aren't happy about it. United Way informed the groups it is shifting almost $1.8 mill

Scott Mazzone, a marine biologist with the Quinault Indian Nation, takes water quality samples. Credit: Debbie Ross-Preston, NW Indian Fisheries Commission.

SEATTLE - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is proposing changes to the water quality standards for human health in Washington, after the state has spent years deciding how to create its own standards. At issue are two key components of water quality, the fish consumption rate and the canc

PHOTO: You never know who might show up at a summer meal site! Seattle Seahawks' quarterback Russell Wilson visited with kids last summer to help United Way-sponsored sites reach a summer goal of serving 1 million meals. Photo courtesy United Way of King County.
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SEATTLE - As school lets out for the summer, students may not lose touch with their friends - but could lose the free or reduced-price meals they'd normally receive at school. More than 150 community organizations in Washington work to remedy that by sponsoring summer meal sites. One challenge is m

PHOTO: For kids at Hoquiam's Central Elementary School, fetching their classroom's portable breakfast cooler is a coveted responsibility at the start of each day. Every child eats a nutritious breakfast in the classroom. Photo courtesy Hoquiam School District.
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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Washington has slipped slightly, from 41st to 43rd, among states serving breakfast at school to kids who might otherwise go without. Hunger-fighting advocates in the state say the new national rankings from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC) are a wake-up call. They're back

PHOTO: It can be a tough row to hoe for new and beginning farmers, but the state is working to assist them with outreach opportunities, like this poultry workshop in Whatcom County and an expanded Farm Internship Program. Photo courtesy Washington State Dept. of Agriculture.

OLYMPIA, Wash. - The state of Washington is looking for a few good farmers, willing to also be good teachers. After a successful pilot program in two counties, Washington's Farm Internship Project expands in July to 16 counties. Patrice Barrentine, education and outreach coordinator with the Washi

PHOTO: Successful summer meal programs for kids combine healthy food with fun activities to keep them learning. In tiny Chimacum, it's a community effort for the Jefferson County YMCA. Photo courtesy School's Out Washington.
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CHIMACUM, Wash. - When the school year comes to an end, groups around the state kick into high gear to keep kids learning during the summer months - and also to ensure they have regular meals. Some summer programs in high-need rural areas get an extra boost for that goal with a grant called "Feed Y

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