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PNS Daily Newscast - October 17, 2017 


On the rundown: a new poll has Americans turning thumbs-down on Trump’s hurricane response; changes in the works to North Carolina’s election law; a move to protect Central California wilderness; and making federal buildings “bird friendly”

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Public News Service - MO: Livable Wages/Working Families

Block grants aren't new. Congress in the 1980s narrowly rejected an effort by the Reagan administration to tie Medicaid funding to block grants. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act relies on a funding mechanism that is often discussed but not always understood – the block grant. Critics of repeal-and-replace legislation say block grants can sound appealing while doing much damage t

A disproportionate number of Missouri's Medicaid population is children. (Soledadsnp/Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A broad coalition of Missouri hospitals, nurses, mental healthcare advocates, and parent-teacher organizations is feeling anxious as Republican Senators in Washington, D.C., work to draft a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Missouri Health Partnership is concerned

Missourians are calling for clean energy to protect jobs and the environment. (sierraclub.org)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – Missouri has been making progress in the fight against climate change and advocates are worried that plans by the Trump administration to derail the Clean Power Plan could cause a loss of momentum for the state and the country. The comments made last week by new EPA chief Scott

Low-wage workers say Donald Trump's selection for U.S. Labor Secretary makes more in a day than they do all year. (standupkc.org)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Low-wage workers in Kansas City and across the country are staging protests in opposition to President-elect Donald Trump's selection of Andy Puzder for U.S. Secretary of Labor. The group Fight for $15 organized protests Thursday, saying the CEO of CKE Restaurant Holdings,

The movement to get a $15 hourly minimum wage is focusing on the swing states ahead of the election. (Fight for 15)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – There's a push in the last couple of weeks before the election to get the 64 million Americans who make less than $15 an hour to get out and vote. This week, Fight for 15 Kansas City hosted a Facebook Live Town Hall event, featuring first-time voters from swing states expla

Missourians are being encouraged to press the presidential candidates to talk about their plans for social security. (aarp.org)

ST. LOUIS – Most who watched the second presidential debate at Washington University will likely agree there was more jabbing and political rhetoric than substance. Advocates are hoping the third and final debate will turn out differently. Nancy LeaMond, executive vice president and chief ad

Volunteers are needed to help Missouri residents prepare tax returns. (AARP)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - If you like numbers, working with people and have a little extra time on your hand, AARP Missouri could use your help. The organization offers free tax help to seniors, low-income residents, people with disabilities and those with limited English skills. Bob Juergens, state co

Nearly half of Missouri voters say they strongly support candidates who want to raise the minimum wage. (Virginia Carter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The federal minimum wage has been frozen at $7.25 an hour since 2009. But several grassroots organizations are determined to change that and are focusing on seven swing states, including Missouri, which they say are key in this upcoming election. A recent poll by Publi

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