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PNS Daily Newscast - June 23, 2017 


Today on the rundown: the Senate GOP releases a draft of their health-care bill; Tropical Storm Cindy is bringing heavy rainfall to the South; and could Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ “tough on drugs” approach fuel mass incarceration?

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Public News Service - MO: Mental Health

When someone develops dementia, gets in an accident or struggles with a disability, the role of caregiver often falls to a family member. (Gaertringen/Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Forty-seventh. That's where Missouri ranks nationwide in providing assistance to family caregivers. The finding appears in the Long-Term Services and Supports State Scorecard, which ranks states on how they're doing to create a high-performing system of care for older people

Forty-three states treat 17-year-olds as juveniles in the court system. (raisetheage.com)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri is one of only seven states that treat 17-year-olds as adults in the criminal-justice system. A group called "Raise the Age Coalition" has been working to change that for several years, and members say they're encouraged because legislation to raise the age to 18

Health experts say what should be a lot of fun, quality family time ends up stressing people out so much that it can even cause illness. (Christopher Pattberg/Flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – At this time of the year, many people focus on parties, family activities and gift giving, but all of that holiday fun can leave many people stressed out, tired and sick. Dr. A.K. Misra, medical director of U.S. HealthWorks, has a few suggestions for staying healthy and

Today is the day to honor the nation's military members. (Mark Paul John)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri has 15,000 active-duty members of the military, and one of the largest advocacy groups for veterans said now that Donald Trump has been elected to lead this country he needs to fulfill his campaign promise to take care of those who serve. Joy Ilam, the legislative di

Young athletes are less likely to ask for help when they're having suicidal thoughts. (Michael Carter)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Student athletes experience mental health issues at about the same rate as the general student body – 30 percent. About a third of those students will get help, but only 10 percent of their athlete counterparts will. In November 2014, two local high school athletes

Children’s Mercy Hospital in Kansas City has been designated as a Center of Excellence by the Tourette Association of America. (Children's Mercy)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - One in 100 people has some form of Tourette Syndrome or TS, a neurological disorder characterized by repetitive, stereotyped, involuntary movements and vocalizations called tics. It is estimated 200,000 Americans have the most severe form of TS, and as many as one in 100 exhibits

The second lawsuit in six months involving a woman in labor being shackled and driven hundreds of miles has been filed in Missouri. (Jackson County)

MISSISSIPPI COUNTY, Mo. - The ACLU of Missouri has filed suit on behalf of an inmate who lost her baby. In December 2014, Tara Rhodes told jail staff at the Mississippi County jail that she was having labor pains and losing fluids. She says she was accused of lying and ignored. Five days later w

States are grappling with the issues of increased medical care needed as prison populations age and prisons that aren't equipped for the elderly. (Virginia Carter)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The number of older Americans serving prison sentences is on the rise, and those facilities weren't originally designed to accommodate an aging population. Linda Redford is director of the Central Plains Geriatric Education Center at the University of Kansas. She says Missouri

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