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    PNS Daily News - May 5, 20160 


    In focus on our nationwide rundown; President Obama puts the spotlight on the Flint water crisis, updates on children still working on tobacco farms; and ready or not, Google driverless cars are coming to Washington State.

Public News Service - Missouri

Gov. Jay Nixon vetoed a bill to cut money going to education, saying lawmakers are breaking a promise to local schools. (Virginia Carter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Gov. Jay Nixon has vetoed a bill that would have cut K-12 funding by more than $456 million. In his budget proposal, Nixon called for the opposite, an increase of $150 million for local public schools for fiscal year 2017. The governor on Wednesday held a public event...Read More

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Several fundraising events will support female candidates running for office in Missouri between now and the November election. (livingstoncountymo.com)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - An effort is under way in Missouri to get more women elected to office. The Missouri Women's Leadership Coalition is holding a series of fundraisers across the state to add some campaign money to the coffers of female candidates they've endorsed. Jane Crigler, president of the...Read More

Public News Service - MO

Screen-Free Week's goal is to get kids to use their imaginations and play without the help of electronic devices. (Veronica Carter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - With all the smartphones, tablets, computers and video games around, it's easy to forget that there is life beyond a screen. It's Screen-Free Week, a time to rediscover some of the joys of being unplugged. Josh Golin, executive director with the Campaign for a Commercial F...Read More

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Food pantries pick up the slack when low income families can't qualify for federal help. (USDA)

ST. LOUIS – More than a million people in Missouri are going hungry. The food bank network Feeding America's "Map the Meal Gap" report for 2016 is out, and it says almost 17 percent of the people who live in the state are food insecure, and it would take about a $500 million to meet everyone...Read More

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The Missouri Budget Project says struggling families would benefit from a couple of pieces of legislation currently being considered in the state. (Veronica Carter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Only a couple of weeks are left in the legislative session in Missouri, and advocacy groups are hoping to get a couple of bills approved that benefit working families. The Missouri Budget Project has been pushing for passage of House Bill 1605 and Senate Bill 1018 to establish...Read More

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A program in Missouri helps crime victims remain anonymous by allowing them to use a P.O. box instead of a physical address. (Virgina Carter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri is highlighting a program to help crime victims stay anonymous. It's called "Safe At Home." It was set up in 2007 and gives victims of domestic violence, sexual assault, rape and stalking a more anonymous address they can use. Stephanie Fleming, communications direct...Read More

Public News Service - MO

A group of homeless people or those who have been homeless are lobbying in Jefferson City today. (Matthew Woitunski/Wikimedia Commons)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A group of homeless people in Missouri was to visit the state Capitol today to remind lawmakers that the homeless need legislation passed to help them get back on their feet. The annual advocacy trip to the Capitol is put together by the nonprofit group ReStart. Evelyn Craig, ...Read More

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Missouri has almost 100,000 kids growing up with a parent in prison. (jacksoncountymo.gov)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - There are 98,000 kids in Missouri who have, or have had, a parent in jail or prison. A new report by the Annie E. Casey Foundation takes a look at the impact that's having on children. Scot Spencer, associate director of advocacy and influence for the Casey Foundation says ...Read More

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