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    PNS Daily News - May 22, 20150 

    Featured on our Friday rundown: new charges in Baltimore against a half dozen police officers in the Freddy Gray case; high school graduation rates are up in Ohio, but disparities persist; a professor says he was punished for raising questions about GMO crops; and tips on safety and avoiding road rage as the summer travel season kicks into gear.

Public News Service - Missouri

PHOTO: While Missouri has made progress in reducing the number of kids living in group homes, and increasing the number living with families, experts say more needs to be done to strengthen families and make sure kids are growing up in healthy situations.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Every child deserves to grow up in a family home, and Missouri is making strides toward ensuring that remains the case, even for kids in the child welfare system. According to a report out Tuesday from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, 11 percent of Missouri children in the care ...Read More

Public News Service - MO

PHOTO: From routine checkups to lab tests and prescription drugs, a new report finds that one in four adults with health insurance can't afford to use it due to the fees associated with the plans. Photo credit: iamnotpablo/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Today, more Missourians than ever have health insurance as a result of the Affordable Care Act. But a new report finds many are still passing up routine medical care because they say they can't afford to use their plans. Ron Pollack is executive director of Families US...Read More

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PHOTO: Making improvements to lighting, heating and cooling in multifamily rental units across Missouri could yield big savings for building owners, consumers and the environment, according to a new study. Photo credit: dhester/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - When it comes to helping Missourians save money and the environment, a new study finds that making rental units more energy efficient would go a long way. There are more than 220,000 units of multifamily affordable housing in Missouri, and Michael Bodaken, executive director o...Read More

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PHOTO: The push is on to ensure that the largest buildings in the state are monitoring their energy usage, which advocates say will save money, create jobs and help clear the air by reducing coal use. Photo credit: SDRandCO/morguefile.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Most people wouldn't buy a car without looking at the miles-per-gallon rating and environmental advocates think it's just as important to know the energy performance of Missouri's largest buildings. The push is on to promote benchmarking across the state. Emily Andrews, executive...Read More

Public News Service - MO

PHOTO: Melanoma is the deadliest form of skin cancer, and preventive the disease by using sunscreen and other sun safety measures is the goal of a national campaign today. Photo courtesy of National Cancer Institute/Wikimedia Commons.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – It's Melanoma Monday in Missouri and across the nation, a day centered on the early detection and prevention of a disease that kills thousands of Americans each year. Kimberly Dinsdale, media relations manager for the American Cancer Society, says melanoma, the deadliest...Read More

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PHOTO: As Missourians tackle spring cleaning, they are encouraged to remember that old clothes and household items can go a long way toward helping others in the community when donated to a local charity. Photo credit: Sheron2482/morguefile.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Whether it's clothing, sports equipment, toys or books many Missouri homes are brimming with items that are rarely used and some not at all. Experts say taking the time to de-clutter during the spring can not only tidy up a home, it can also be a way to help others. Evette R...Read More

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PHOTO: Conservation and environmental groups give Congress a failing grade for its first 100 days of work in the 114th session, for lack of effort to protect the environment. Photo credit: chelle/morguefile.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Earth Day festivities are under way in Missouri and across the nation today. But as environmental groups take stock of the work lawmakers have done to protect air, water, lands and public health, they aren't finding much cause for celebration. Public opinion research has found...Read More

Public News Service - MO

PHOTO: Zach Tucker and his brother have grown their energy-efficient lighting company, One3LED, from two employees to more than 20, and are among the more than 40,000 Missourians now working in the clean energy sector. Photo courtesy of Z. Tucker.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - When it comes to putting Missourians to work, the clean energy sector is making big strides. That's according to a new report which finds the industry now employs more than 40,000 people statewide. When Zach Tucker and his brother started One3LED three years ago, it was just the tw...Read More

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