PNS Daily Newscast - March 20, 2018 

President Trump again calls for the death penalty for drug dealers, but groups in New Hampshire say they oppose the get-tough approach. Also on today’s rundown: A protest against expanding tar-sands oil refining in California; and in Seattle, a group demands a moratorium on youth jail construction.

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Public News Service - MO: Children'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

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

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

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

Missouri children such as Levi benefit from a program begun by a community group in Rolla more than 15 years ago. (Capable Kids)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A program that works with children with disabilities and their families is expanding again in Missouri. Capable Kids and Families in 2001 in Rolla as a way to help deal with isolation, exclusion, financial hardships, insurance restrictions and difficulty accessing treatment.

Environmental groups warn that some of the Trump administration's earliest actions could send Missouri's asthma rates even higher. (

ST. LOUIS - Environmental groups are warning that Missouri's asthma problems may only get worse if the Trump administration continues in the same direction as it did in its first 100 hours. Across the country, a coalition of groups has launched "100 Hours of Action" to oppose what they see as aggre

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

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