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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: Children's Issues

New Annie E. Casey Foundation statistics rank Missouri 28th among states for providing resources to benefit children and families. (Annie E. Casey Foundation)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – An annual report on child well-being ranks Missouri 25th in the nation for providing children vital supports. The Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book examines economic well-being, education, health, and family and community factors that influence children's

Missouri ranks among the top ten states with the highest percentage of food insecure households. (Jacqueline Sosa/Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Breaking the cycle of poverty is more difficult when kids go hungry, and that's especially true after school lets out for the summer. With that reality in mind, a USDA program in the state is expanding, allowing several thousand more children to be eligible for food support this

Kansas City, like most major cities, has grappled with how to improve its K-12 education system.  (David Wilson/Flickr)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Focusing on your biggest failures isn't a comfortable task, but education experts from across the United States converge on Kansas City Monday to do just that. The Failures to Fixes conference has drawn leaders in education reform from across the country, including from Ha

Children's Mercy hospital is embarking on a six-year study of hemophilia in children. (Children's Mercy)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- About 20,000 people in the U.S. are living with hemophilia, a rare, inherited blood disorder. And a study of the disease is under way at Children's Mercy hospital. Hemophilia causes a person's blood not to clot, and that can lead to severe bleeding, joint damage, bleeding into

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

More than half of Missouri's children are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. (Virginia Carter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Those leading the battle against hunger in Missouri say the number of children who are food insecure can be reduced, but it's going to take teamwork. Three out of four teachers in the Show Me State say their students regularly come to school hungry, yet the majority of

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

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