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    PNS Daily News - July 7, 20150 

    A variety of issues on today's nationwide rundown including; Kentucky getting feedback on updated fracking regulations, while activists are arrested in California protesting oil trains; a U-S District Judge being asked to intervene in the Illinois budget mess to protect vulnerable children; and a wild ride for Washington State workers comes to a happy ending.

Public News Service - Missouri

PHOTO: Lawn mowers and children don't mix. That's the message from doctors, who are seeing a rise in the number of mower-related injuries to kids this year. Photo credit: Kroesseel/Morguefile.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – Broken bones, amputations, and permanent disabilities are among the preventable injuries to children doctors say are on the rise – due to a dangerous mix of kids and lawn mowers. Dr. Dale Jarka, pediatric orthopedic surgeon with Children's Mercy Hospital, says the hos...Read More

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PHOTO: As Missouri veterans try to find jobs in a challenging economy, many will have to do so without the benefit of food assistance in the coming year, due to changes in state legislation. Photo credit: Duboix/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - This weekend, many will feast on summer delights and give thanks to those who have fought for our nation. But those who work to combat hunger say there is not much to celebrate in upcoming changes to safety net programs that serve many veterans and other Missourians. The leg...Read More

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PHOTO: Warmer, wetter summers and shorter, milder winters have put the population of ticks and mosquitoes on the rise, which also increases the threat of insect-borne illnesses like Lyme disease and West Nile Virus. Photo credit: Scott Bauer, USDA ARS.

ST. LOUIS – If you're feeling particularly bugged by bugs this summer, you're not alone. Environmental experts are calling for action to address the climate-driven rise in ticks and mosquitoes, which raises the threat of insect-borne illnesses. Brian Nauert, president of Bugs By Brian, has be...Read More

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PHOTO: While the U.S. Supreme Court's ruling to uphold health insurance premium discounts is being celebrated across Missouri, advocates for health-care access aren't giving up the fight to expand Medicaid in the state. Photo credit: kconnors/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to uphold health-insurance discounts in states such as Missouri with federally facilitated marketplaces is being hailed as a major victory - but not the end of the battle to expand access to health care across the state. Since nearly 90 percen...Read More

Public News Service - MO

PHOTO: According to new data, the U.S. Supreme Court's decision in King vs. Burwell will impact nearly 200,000 Missourians who currently receive premium tax credits under the Affordable Care Act. Photo credit: kconnors/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A ruling is expected any day in the King vs. Burwell case, which threatens to unravel the Affordable Care Act. New data shows that in Missouri, a decision for the plaintiff could put health insurance out of reach for nearly 200,000 people. The case challenges the legality of t...Read More

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PHOTO: Although the economy is improving, thousands of Missouri families still struggle to put food on the table. Groups fighting hunger say cuts to the federal Child Nutrition Act would impede progress the state is making in ending childhood hunger. Photo credit: Gleangenie/Morguefile.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – As Missouri begins to turn the corner on the recession, those who work with anti-hunger programs are calling on Congress to maintain funding for programs that fill critical meal gaps for families statewide. According to Heather Hardinger with Ozarks Food Harvest, her organi...Read More

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PHOTO: Experts say children who get regular meals over the summer will do better when school starts back up in the fall, which is why they hope participation in Summer Nutrition Programs continues to rise. Photo credit: keyseeker/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – School is almost out for the summer, but it's not all fun and games for Missouri families that rely on school meals to stretch their food dollars. A new report shows the state is making progress in connecting low-income children with meals over the summer. The Food Re...Read More

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PHOTO: Missouri women are walking a difficult path, according to the annual Status of Women in the States report, which gives low grades to the state for women's economic, political and physical well-being. Photo credit: hotblack/morguefile.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - After a legislative session in which the state passed harsh new abortion restrictions and failed yet again to expand Medicaid, advocates say it's no surprise Missouri earned failing grades in a new report from the Institute for Women's Policy Research. Seileach Corleigh is p...Read More

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