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A Pawtucket accountant has pleaded guilty to a conspiracy that brought $1.2 million in contraband cigarettes into Rhode Island from Virginia.
Robins is one of 787,382 Maryland families dependent on food stamps that will lose a portion of their benefits beginning Friday.
As Congress decides on how much it will fund the nation's food stamps program, a temporary increase to the program is set to expire. This month, people on the program will begin to receive less money.
There appear to be major problems with the Electronic Benefits Transfer System, the website that handles Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, Saturday.
If the stalemate on Capitol Hill cuts off federal food assistance programs, area food banks could bare the brunt of feeding hungry families in the D.C. region beginning in November.
House cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program are leaving a bigger impact on local food banks.
Millions of pets are surrendered to shelters across the country each year because owners can't afford to take care of them.
The experience of eating just $5 worth of food a day left its mark on Montgomery County officials who said they were left hungry and humbled by what thousands of families in their own community suffer regularly.
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