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PNS Daily Newscast - October 23, 2017 


We begin the week with President Donald Trump urging GOP House members to support the Senate budget bill; a new report tracks a growing “right” to discriminate at both the state and federal level; and we will let you know why Trump budget cuts are being labeled a threat to waterways in the Midwest.

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Public News Service - MO: Poverty Issues

Block grants aren't new. Congress in the 1980s narrowly rejected an effort by the Reagan administration to tie Medicaid funding to block grants. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act relies on a funding mechanism that is often discussed but not always understood – the block grant. Critics of repeal-and-replace legislation say block grants can sound appealing while doing much damage t

Missouri will look like this before you know it, and plans are in place to help eligible lower-income families pay their utility bills. (12019/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A utility assistance program that President Donald Trump targeted for elimination in his proposed budget appears to be safe for the winter ahead in Missouri. The short-term plan to fund the government for three more months as Congress debates a longer-term solution means t

A disproportionate number of Missouri's Medicaid population is children. (Soledadsnp/Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – A broad coalition of Missouri hospitals, nurses, mental healthcare advocates, and parent-teacher organizations is feeling anxious as Republican Senators in Washington, D.C., work to draft a bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. The Missouri Health Partnership is concerned

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

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

As Missouri lawmakers try to trim the budget, affordable housing advocates say one idea on the table would hurt seniors and people with disabilities. (aarp.org)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Senate is set to vote on legislation that would end a property tax credit for about 100,000 people. House Committee Bill 3 would repeal the so-called Circuit Breaker Property Tax Credit - a state program for low-income people with disabilities or who are age 65

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

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