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    PNS Daily News - September 3, 20150 

    We’re covering a range of topics in today’s news including: Congress sets a date on the Planned Parenthood debate; in a step away from technology, Texas takes the lead in face-to-face jail visits; and the earth is losing its trees at alarming rates.

Public News Service - Missouri

Sustainable practices are both implemented and taught at Missouri State University, which now offers a minor in the field. Credit: MSU Office of Communications.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Sustainability is more than just a trend or a buzzword – it's now a minor at Missouri State University, which joins a growing list of schools offering undergraduate coursework in the field. Jordan Schanda, the university's sustainability coordinator, says while many ...Read More

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The CDC says too many teens get less sleep than they need, due in part to the early start times of middle and high schools. Credit: Charlie Wrenn/Morguefile.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Getting more sleep will likely help Missouri middle- and high-school students do better in school, be healthier and make healthier choices, according to a study issued earlier this month by the CDC. Epidemiologist Anne Wheaton with the CDC says only one in five students ...Read More

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Teens are turning to e-cigarettes in large numbers, which doctors say is problematic on many fronts. Credit:

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – As summer winds down and kids return to their classes and friends, health experts want to make sure parents make children aware of the dangers posed by electronic cigarettes. The good news is fewer teens are picking up the smoking habit, but the latest data from the CDC sho...Read More

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The American Lung Association says reducing emissions from coal-fired power plants will in turn reduce asthma and other diseases linked to poor air quality, especially in low-income communities, according to the American Lung Association. Credit: click/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – While the country has made some improvements in air quality, the latest State of the Air report from the American Lung Association finds there's still a long way to go. Supporters of the Environmental Protection Agency’s >Clean Power Plan point to the plan as a way...Read More

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At American Friends Service Committee Freedom Schools in the St. Louis area, teenagers and young adults look for ways to be agents of change. Credit: Joshua Saleem

ST. LOUIS - The cameras have stopped rolling and the national news crews have gone home, but in the year since the shooting death of Michael Brown, grassroots programs have been driving change in Ferguson. In the past year, said Joshua Saleem, who heads the peace education program run by the Americ...Read More

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Advocates for anti-hunger programs hope Congress will recognize the importance of the meals kids eat at school as it weighs the fate of child nutrition programs. Credit: jdurham/morguefile

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - As Congress weighs the fate of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, advocates want to ensure school meal and other programs can continue to make inroads against hunger in Missouri and nationwide. One of the most hotly debated portions of the legislation when it was reauthorize...Read More

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Planned Parenthood supporters and volunteers have been working overtime to ensure the St. Louis office remains a welcoming place. Credit: Ann Wade

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – With Republican lawmakers planning to vote as early as this week on a bill to block Planned Parenthood from federal funding, supporters of the organization are speaking out. Natasha Ceballos was a scared teenager when she visited Planned Parenthood in St. Louis as a patient,...Read More

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Two new reports find that shifting away from Missouri's dependence on coal will save consumers money and create jobs according to two new reports. Credit: click/morguefile

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - According to two new reports, Missouri can help its residents save money while cutting carbon emissions as the state implements the Environmental Protection Agency's Clean Power Plan. Elizabeth Stanton, principal economist with Synergy Energy Economics, which put together on...Read More

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