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    PNS Weekend Update - November 28, 20150 

    We’ve got several topics on tap from around the country this weekend, including: several people were hurt during a shooting at a Planned Parenthood center in Colorado; the protests over a police shooting continue in Chicago; now that we’re in full holiday mode, new research suggests that family time matters most to developing children.

Public News Service - Missouri

There's a big payoff for those who can afford to wait to claim Social Security. Credit: finance/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - For nearly 80 years, Social Security has been an important safety net and source of income for older Americans, but experts say many aren't aware of how to get the most out of the system they've been paying into. If you claim before your full retirement age of 66, you receive...Read More

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The National Park Service wants to make sure there is a safe space for all who enjoy the Ozark National Scenic Riverways. Courtesy Missouri Sierra Club

VAN BUREN, Mo. – With hiking, biking, horseback riding and canoeing, the Ozark National Scenic Riverways is considered one of the state's great treasures, and right now Missourians have the chance to shape and protect the national park's future. The National Park Service wants to put togethe...Read More

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Planned Parenthood is part of the Cover Missouri coalition offering free health insurance enrollment assistance. Credit: Ann Wade

ST. LOUIS – An estimated 10 million Americans are expected to sign up for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act (ACA) during the current open enrollment window, and one organization wants to make sure Missourians get the help they need with the process. Laura Burbank, ACA projects m...Read More

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Frances Holmes is among the many Missourians planning to strike Tuesday as part of a nationwide protest over low wages. Credit: Anna Wildfong

ST. LOUIS – They've raised their voices and are fast becoming a potent political force, and on Tuesday, low-wage workers from fast food and other industries are planning their largest nationwide strike and rally to date. Frances Holmes works at McDonald's, but says she won't be at her job on...Read More

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While formal training builds skills and confidence, the new CPR guidelines stress that a cellphone and a willingness to step in can save lives. Credit: Rama/Wikimedia Commons

ST. LOUIS - When someone is having a stroke or heart attack, you don't need formal training to save a life, according to the newly-released Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) guidelines from the American Heart Association. Douglas Randell, an officer with the EMS training programs for the St. Lou...Read More

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A teal pumpkin signifies a house handing out food-allergy-safe treats for Halloween. Courtesy: FARE

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Halloween can be too spooky for children with food allergies, which is why a growing number of people in Missouri and nationwide will be designating their homes as safe for all children and passing out non-food treats. An estimated one-in-13 children suffers from a food allerg...Read More

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Missouri remains among the worst in the nation, according to the latest state rankings on energy efficiency. Credit: ACEEE

ST. LOUIS - When it comes to policies and practices that move states into a cleaner, more energy-efficient future, Missouri is not making the grade, according to an annual scorecard. The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy ranks Missouri 44th in the nation, exactly where it was last ye...Read More

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Home care workers are hitting the streets to gather signatures for a petition to increase their wages. Credit: Missouri Home Care Union

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – From bathing and cooking to eating, dressing and getting to doctor's appointments, many disabled and elderly Missourians receive care in their own homes, but those who provide it say low wages are making it difficult to make ends meet. Julia May has been a home care wor...Read More

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