From staff and wire reports Published 12:25 AM EDT Apr 30, 2019 Alabama Birmingham: The city is considering mobile grocery stores to fill a gap in residential areas where healthy food options aren’t available. WBRC-TV reports that the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama already operates a truck that sells fruit, fresh vegetables and dairy products in so-called food deserts. City leaders are considering a plan to expand such offerings as part of an initiative by Mayor Randall Woodfin. Mobile stores wouldn’t be allowed on vacant lots, and they couldn’t operate within 1,000 feet of stores that sell similar food items. They could set up shop in commercial area and neighborhoods. The city says about 70% of residents live in areas that don’t have stores offering healthy food. The problem is getting worse with store closings in recent years. Alaska Anchorage: A minister is leading an effort to help an impoverished Native village create a new economy with the plentiful supply of reindeer that roam its island home. John Honan sees great potential for establishing a small commercial reindeer processing plant for residents of Saint George, home to 60 people and an estimated 350 reindeer. Honan is a Protestant pastor… Read full this story
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