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    PNS Weekend Update - December 20, 20140 

    Among the stories on our weekend rundown; Cuba and a cyber attack top of mind for President Obama; an update from a state that just got a big boost in the fight against hunger; and no matter the weather your Christmas can still be green.

Public News Service - Missouri

PHOTO: A 'Dora the Explorer' backpack is among two dozen toys named as potential safety hazards for children in the latest edition of the annual 'Trouble in Toyland' report. Photo courtesy of U.S. Public Interest Research Group.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - While the clock ticks down for shoppers, an annual report finds that when it comes to toys, there is still time and reason to take safety into account. According to the "Trouble in Toyland" report, a rubber duck, a shopping cart playset and a tambourine are among the toys on s...Read More

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PHOTO: Computers, smartphones and tablets are gateways to information, but they can also provide access for fraudsters and scams, which is why AARP Missouri is sharing information to help people of all ages protect themselves. Photo credit: pedrojperez/

ST. LOUIS - Someone's identity is stolen every two seconds. That's why AARP Missouri wants to give people of all ages the tools they need to protect themselves and their families from scams. Identity theft can turn a person's life upside down in an instant, said Craig Eichelman, AARP state director...Read More

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PHOTO: The Home Visiting Coalition wants to see federal funding for programs that help struggling parents continue. Unless Congress acts, funding will expire in March. Photo credit: hotblack/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The clock is ticking on federal funding that helps struggling parents with young children. The Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting Program expires in March, unless Congress takes action. A coalition of 750 organizations and elected leaders has sent a l...Read More

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PHOTO: Baby Carson, shown here with his mother, was among the first infants born with a single ventricle defect to successfully test the new Cardiac High-Acuity Monitoring Program, or CHAMP, app from Children's Mercy. Photo courtesy of J. Salazar.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For babies born with certain heart defects, every second and every detail can be critical, and now a new app is helping families collect and instantly send potentially life-saving information to doctors. Each year, 3,000 babies in the U.S. are born with a single ventricle heart de...Read More

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PHOTO: Health-insurance advocates are focusing on one-on-one assistance for Missourians during this second ACA open-enrollment period, based on feedback from the first time around. Image courtesy of Cover Missouri.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - When it comes to open enrollment for health-insurance plans through the Affordable Care Act, experts say in many ways, the second time is the charm. With the kinks worked out of the federal "" website and more options to choose from, Ryan Barker, vice president of heal...Read More

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PHOTO: Kum & Go is making modifications at its 430 gas stations across 11 states to bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act following a lawsuit settlement. Photo credit: Sean Hayford O'Leary/Flickr.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missourians may notice changes happening at a well-known chain of regional gas stations to make them accessible to all. The modifications at the Kum & Go locations will bring them into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act as a result of a class-action lawsuit bro...Read More

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PHOTO: Doctors say smog is taking a toll on Missourians, and some are urging the EPA to adopt even stricter air-quality standards than the ones the agency is now proposing. Photo credit: Click/

ST. LOUIS - New regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could help clear the air in Missouri, and across the nation. The EPA recently released a proposal to significantly strengthen protections against ground-level ozone pollution, better known as smog, and health experts ...Read More

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PHOTO: A coalition of civic and religious organization is calling for a "Brown Friday" boycott of one of the busiest shopping weekends of the year, as an economic protest of the police shooting of Michael Brown. Photo courtesy of Justice for Michael Brown Leadership Coalition.

FERGUSON, Mo. - For months, the world has watched protesters fill the streets of Ferguson, calling for justice, but one coalition is calling for a very different kind of protest in response to the fatal police shooting of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Zaki Baruti is among the organizers o...Read More

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