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PNS Daily Newscast - May 7, 2021 


President Biden proposes expanding the Pell Grant program to reach more students in need and the Navajo Nation addresses the need for tougher methane emissions rules.


2021Talks - May 7, 2021 


President Biden talks hurricane aid in Louisiana, Vice President Harris visits Rhode Island, defense officials talk about clamping down on domestic extremism in the ranks, and plan for the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan.

Public News Service - WY: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

States dependent on tourism and energy production revenues have been disproportionately impacted by economic fallout from COVID-19. (Roger Sylvia/Wikimedia Commons)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- Wyoming and other states facing steep budget shortfalls could bounce back as early as next year if the federal government invests big in COVID recovery, according to new analysis by the Economic Policy Institute. President Joe Biden's plan includes sending money to states and loca

One in six Wyoming residents currently does not know where his or her next meal will come from. (Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies)

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EVANSVILLE, Wyo. -- Food banks in Wyoming and across the nation are seeing unprecedented demand in the wake of economic fallout from the coronavirus pandemic. Tony Woodell, director of the Wyoming Food Bank of the Rockies, said they're delivering up to 80% more food each month over previous years.

Wyoming residents are helping neighbors most at risk for COVID-10 by delivering groceries and shoveling springtime snow. (Oddharmonic/Flickr)

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LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Wyoming residents are responding to life under the COVID-19 pandemic by stepping up to help neighbors, small businesses and nonprofit organizations. Micah Richardson with the Wyoming Community Foundation says it's important to help the state's nonprofit groups continue to provide

School food service staff members in Wyoming are shifting gears as classrooms close, and finding creative ways to make sure children don't go hungry during the COVID-19 crisis. (Wyoming Department of Education)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. -- As Wyoming joins the national effort to protect public health in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis by closing classrooms, school districts are finding creative ways to make sure children who rely on school meals can continue to get healthy, nutritious food. Tamra Jackson, nutrition

Scientists say regenerative farming practices that don't use synthetic fertilizers or chemical pesticides can help capture more carbon from the atmosphere and create healthier soil for crops. (Pixabay)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Agriculture is the fourth-largest producer of climate pollution. Now farmers and ranchers from across the U.S. have launched a campaign urging Congress to pass a Green New Deal that supports regenerative family farming and ranching practices over industrial-scale agribusiness.

Residents in a Casper neighborhood make a race out of mowing each other's lawns in the summer, and removing snow in winter. (Pixabay)

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CASPER, Wyo. – The Big Tree neighborhood on South Chestnut Street in Casper is one of 50 finalists in a national crowdsourced search for the Nicest Place in America. Jeremy Greenfield, a senior editor with Reader's Digest, which is behind the effort, says in an era of cultural and political

Just 29 percent of parents in Wyoming read to their babies every day, compared with the national average of 38.2 percent. (Pixabay)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Wyoming ranks toward the bottom nationally for early-childhood health and development, according to a new report measuring 60 indicators that affect the well-being of babies and toddlers up to age three. Myra Jones-Taylor, chief policy officer for the group Zero to Three, sai

SF 144, which would require Medicaid recipients to work in order to continue coverage, needs a hearing in the Wyoming House of Representatives' Committee of the Whole by Feb. 21 in order to advance. (U.S. Navy)

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CHEYENNE, Wyo. – Proponents of a bill to add work requirements for Medicaid recipients in Wyoming believe the measure will be as successful as similar requirements for people who have left prison and food-stamp recipients. As the measure makes its way through the Legislature, Chris Merrill, ex

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