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PNS Daily News - May 22, 2017 


Today’s news highlights several issues: a new era in U.S. – Arab relations? The Catholic church commits to major fossil fuel divestment before G-7 meetings. And some farmers are accused of using immigration threats to discourage legal claims.

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Public News Service - MO: Family/Father 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

There's both good and bad news in the latest Missouri Kids Count survey. (Virginia Carter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – There's a growing number of children in Missouri who live in high poverty areas, are homeless or lack health insurance, according to the latest Kids Count survey. Tracy Greever-Rice, director of the University of Missouri Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, say

Sally Terranova and her son Colin rely on Medicaid to deal with his type 1 diabetes. (S. Terranova)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Legislation being heard in the Missouri Senate this week would change the financing structure of the Medicaid program, and advocates say that could put the health of thousands of residents in danger, and create unnecessary financial risks for the state. Currently, the f

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

Once a child is diagnosed with diabetes, there are a lot of lessons to be learned about keeping their blood-sugar levels in check. (Children's Mercy)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A new program has been launched in the region that lets children who have been newly diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes avoid a hospital stay. It's at Children's Mercy Hospital, and it's called "Strategic Transition to Ambulatory New-Onset Diabetes Education," or STAND. Ryan M

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,

There are lots of ways to give to the thousands of children who are in the hospital during the holidays. (Children's Mercy)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – It isn't something people like to think about this time of year, but thousands of children are in the hospital during the holiday season, and won't be waking up at home to see what Santa brought them, or getting a chance to go out and play with a new skateboard or bicycle.

Only 7 percent of Missouri's kids who get free or reduced-price lunch at school participate in summer meal programs. (Christine Marie Fletcher)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - In Missouri, nearly 400,000 children rely on free and reduced-price school breakfast and lunch programs during the school year, but when summer rolls around, many of these children go hungry, according to the anti-hunger group Hunger Free America. Meals and snacks are served th

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