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PNS Daily News - May 30, 2017 


We’re featuring several stories in today’s news including: Are Trump’s proposed SNAP cuts fake math? Hospital mergers are questioned around the U.S. And a native Alaskan tribe seeks help to protect sacred lands.

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Public News Service - MO: Consumer Issues

Kansas City native Paul A. Schwarz died in 2011 after eating cantaloupe tainted with listeria. (Paul Schwarz)

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. – A Missouri resident is taking on Washington D.C. in the name of his father, who died of listeria poisoning. Paul Schwarz of Independence just returned from a trip to the nation's capital, where he pleaded with senators and members of Congress not to cut food-safety regula

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

Advocates say Missouri is lagging behind other states when it comes to solar energy. (sierraclub.org)

MOBERLY, Mo. – Environmental Protection Agency chief Scott Pruitt and Sen. Roy Blunt, R-Mo., are paying a visit to Thomas Hill Energy this week, where they'll be thanked for protecting electricity rates, but advocates say the environment and the health of residents are under threat because of

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

Corn crops in Missouri are being studied through the use of robot technology, which can pinpoint problems in individual plants. (missouri.edu)

COLUMBIS, Mo. -- While many people are working hard to prevent or at least slow climate change, some Missouri scientists are trying to offset some of the problems they say are inevitable. The University of Missouri received a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation in 2014 to study

A grassroots effort to reform big money donors to Missouri political campaigns has been launched. (mo.gov)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Groups concerned about the role of money in politics have launched what they're calling an "Anti-Corruption Tour" of Missouri. Members of Take Back Our Republic, Represent.Us, Clean Missouri, Patriotic Millionaires and MAYDAY America are traveling the state through Satu

Missouri has seen the benefits of jobs created in the renewable energy sector. (sierraclub.org)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – A group from Missouri that included business owners and leaders in the environmental and clean energy sectors has just returned from a trip to Washington to meet with Sens. Claire McCaskill and Roy Blunt of Missouri to talk about the ramifications of cuts to environmental

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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