PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 

The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 

3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - WA: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOTO: Bus drivers and mechanics from the Renton School District enjoy their time at the Renton Community Suppers so much that they've made it a monthly volunteer commitment. Photo courtesy Darlene Larsen.

RENTON, Wash. - Christmas is on a Wednesday this year, but many Wednesdays will be special days in the New Year for the bus drivers and mechanics of the Renton School District, in the suburban area south of Seattle. They spend one Wednesday evening a month helping to prepare and serve the Renton Com

PHOTO: Washington schools with high percentages of students in poverty will be able to offer all students free meals starting next year, in what's known as the
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SEATTLE – More low-income kids in Washington could be eating free meals at school, with changes from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to the way pupils are qualified for the meal programs. A new report says the changes, already rolled out in about a dozen states, are working well. Known as

PHOTO: Yakima Valley teens use their nutritional knowledge and cooking skills to create healthy recipes in
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TOPPENISH, Wash. - It's Childhood Obesity Prevention Awareness Month, and afterschool programs in some Washington communities have made it an all-year priority. In the Yakima Valley, with the help of local chefs they have organized "Top Chef"-style competitions for middle-school students and restaur

PHOTO: Soccer for Success participant. Photo credit: Jeff Saunders

SEATTLE - Today marks the start of Great America Outdoors Week. As part of an effort to get kids moving in Washington State and elsewhere, Michelle Obama is being asked to support funding for more bike paths, soccer fields and places for recreation. Seventeen national organizations have signed a let


SEATTLE, Wash. - The national grocery chain Whole Foods has announced it will require labeling of all genetically modified (GMO) foods sold in its stores by 2018. More than 350,000 Washingtonians have signed petitions with a similar goal, supporting Initiative 522. It would make GMO labeling a requi

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OLYMPIA, Wash. - Today's "Have a Heart for Kids Day" march to the state Capitol by children's advocates has a side benefit of working off some calories. One priority they'll be focusing on in talks with lawmakers is improving children's health. The Childhood Obesity Prevention Coalition says one in

PHOTO: As the nation edges closer to the so-called “fiscal cliff,” hundreds of thousands of Washington families could face tough choices, like whether to heat their homes or feed their families.

SEATTLE - As the nation edges closer to the so-called "fiscal cliff," hundreds of thousands of Washington families could face tough choices, such as whether to heat their homes or feed their families. Linda Stone, food and policy director for the Children's Alliance, says many of these Washington fa

PHOTO: SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) is the new name of the USDA food stamp program.

CHELAN, Wash. - Food banks and other hunger-fighting groups in Washington are gearing up for another winter of record demand. Today and Friday they are meeting in Chelan to share ideas and learn more about how to advocate in Olympia and in Congress on behalf of themselves and their clients. Yvonne

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