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Sunday August 13rd, 2023 morning edition

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Massachusetts has joined a growing number of states in passing legislation to grant free meals to all public school kids.

The new program was signed into law Wednesday by Gov. Maura Healey (D) as part of an overdue budget of nearly $56 billion, which also included spending on child care, workforce development, housing, public transit and other areas.

From that budget, approximately $172 million in permanent funding will be put toward free school meals for students in kindergarten through high school.

Rebecca Wood, who has an 11-year-old, told WBZ-TV in Boston that there were times in the past when she wasn’t sure if she could afford school lunch for her kid.

“She’d come home and say, ‘Mom, you have to give money to the cafeteria again.’ I didn’t want her to know we were struggling, and she had strangers telling her that we were.”.

Wood added that the high cost of housing and medical bills made it tougher to save money.

But the new meals program will save families about $1,200 per student each year, according to state Senate President Karen Spilka. »

Opinion | If Your Country Is Falling Apart, the Wagner Group Will Be There

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But the nation’s successive elected governments were at least willing to cooperate with Washington, allowing the U.S. military to conduct regional counterterrorism activities.

Their operations have frequently resulted in the deaths of civilians, with credible accusations of sexual violence, torture and extrajudicial killings.

Within days of Wagner’s aborted advance on Moscow, Russia’s foreign minister, Sergei Lavrov, said that Wagner’s African footprint would remain. »

Zelenskyy fires recruitment officials for accepting $10,000 bribes to help Ukrainian men dodge the draft: 'bribery during war is treason'

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Officials who recruited troops accepted bribes up to $10,000 to help people dodge the draft.

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Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has fired all of his nation's army recruitment directors after an investigation revealed widespread corruption. »

STALKER 2 Listed for December 1st Launch on PLAION Store

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As spotted by fellow press member Andrew Marmo, the store mentions a December 1st release date, and it might not be a placeholder.

Lastly, the German PLAION Store isn't new to leaking release dates; it already happened with the Nintendo Switch version of Darksiders 2.

It's also expected to be one of the first games to take advantage of NVIDIA's Audio2Face AI-powered real-time facial animation. »