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PNS Daily News - September 20, 2017 


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Public News Service - MO: Women's Issues

More than 30 percent of the Missourians who are considered food insecure are children. (Juan Esteban Zapata)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Nearly a million people are food insecure in Missouri, meaning they don't always have enough food or access to food to meet their needs, according to the latest "Map the Meal Gap" report by the group Feeding America. The overall food-insecurity rate for Missouri is close t

Hunger is especially prevalent in African-American households, with more than 1 in 5 in Missouri considered food insecure. (bread.org)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Anti-poverty advocates this month during African American History Month are shining the spotlight on hunger issues faced by some people of color. The poverty rate in the U.S. is 13.5 percent, nearly 17 percent in Missouri and even higher among African-American household

The stroke rate is too high in Missouri, but health experts say those numbers can come down if more people get their blood pressure under control. (Virginia Carter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - This is the final day of American Stroke Month, but stroke is an ongoing concern in Missouri, where it's the fourth-leading cause of death. State health experts cite smoking, physical inactivity and obesity as just a few of the health problems Missourians have at higher rate

Missouri has about 500 new cases of HIV diagnosed each year. Most are men, and about half are in communities of color. (CDC)

ST. LOUIS - Missouri continues to be in the top half of state rankings for new cases of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. Around 500 new cases of HIV infection are diagnosed in the state each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Testing is offered at Planned Paren

The Missouri Legislature could approve a strong anti-abortion resolution this week, and that would mean voters ultimately decide whether to approve or deny it in November. (B. Smith)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri voters may be asked to change the state constitution to say life begins at conception. The House voted in favor of House Resolution 98 last week and now, it's the Senate's turn to debate it. The bill recognizes an unborn child as a person with a "right to life whic

Several fundraising events will support female candidates running for office in Missouri between now and the November election. (livingstoncountymo.com)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - An effort is under way in Missouri to get more women elected to office. The Missouri Women's Leadership Coalition is holding a series of fundraisers across the state to add some campaign money to the coffers of female candidates they've endorsed. Jane Crigler, president of the

A program in Missouri helps crime victims remain anonymous by allowing them to use a P.O. box instead of a physical address. (Virgina Carter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri is highlighting a program to help crime victims stay anonymous. It's called "Safe At Home." It was set up in 2007 and gives victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape and stalking a more anonymous address they can use. Stephanie Fleming, communications direct

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

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