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PNS Weekend Newscast - August 19th, 2017 


Here's what we're covering: President Trump got rid of his campaign adviser, health experts are looking into who would be hurt most from climate change, and kids in one state are getting more help dealing with trauma.

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Public News Service - MO: Social Justice

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For many minorities, the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., and the response to them come as no surprise. Other Americans have interpreted the events as isolated and rare. A Midwest researcher is working to resolve the disconnect and provide tools to reduce inequality.

A report from the Missouri attorney general showed in 2016, black drivers were 75 percent more likely to be stopped than white drivers, while in 2015 the figure was 69 percent. (John Bergman/Pixabay)

ST. LOUIS – The State of Missouri was a topic at the latest national convention of the NAACP, for being in the crosshairs of a debate over race and morality. This month, a new Missouri law goes into effect that increases the threshold for filing discrimination cases against small businesses

Monique Willis with son Alonzo Thomas IV, who was killed on Apr. 5, 2014. (Monique Willis)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City has recorded nearly 90 murders in 2017 - an increase of more than 50 percent over this time a year ago. With the disturbing numbers as a backdrop, loved ones of the victims of unsolved murders are planning a vigil this weekend to draw awareness to those cases and to

Exonerating an innocent person takes from seven to 10 years, according to the Midwest Innocence Project. (Fifaliana Rakotoarison/Pixabay)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A federal judge this week awarded Ryan Ferguson $11 million after he served a decade in prison for a 2001 murder in Columbia, Mo., that he didn't commit. In the wake of the judgment, members of the justice advocacy group Midwest Innocence Project are describing changes they b

J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain was dedicated in 1960 and underwent a major renovation in 2014 with monies from the Miller Nichols Charitable Foundation. (Kansas City Parks & Recreation Dept.)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Should Kansas City's iconic J.C. Nichols Memorial Fountain be renamed? That's the central question being debated by residents and city officials in the wake of a Kansas City Star opinion column. Nichols, who died in 1950, was a nationally recognized civic leader and real estate

After her son's death in 2013, Michelle Metje co-founded Corey's Network to provide supports for families of murder victims in the Kansas City metro area. (Corey's Network)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Michelle Metje had been a social worker for 25 years, but it wasn't until her son was murdered in 2013 that she discovered how few resources are available to families of homicide victims. Now, she's helping grieving families in her son's name. Corey's Network offers counse

Missouri voters will decide the fate of Amendment 6 next month. (mo.gov)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- On next month’s ballot in Missouri there is a new voter ID law that opponents say could take away the rights of thousands of state residents. Constitutional Amendment 6 would require anyone wishing to vote to verify their identity, citizenship and residence, potentiall

The Green Book was published for nearly 30 years after the Great Depression so African American travelers would know where they'd be allowed to stop for food, gas, and to rest. (National Park Service)

ST. LOUIS – If you're going to take one last road trip before summer ends, there's a history lesson to learn along U.S. Route 66. Frank Norris, who works on the Route 66 Corridor Preservation program for the National Park Service, says until the Civil Rights Act in 1964, African-American tra

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