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    PNS Weekend Update - April 25, 20150 

    Among the issues on our nationwide rundown: Baltimore braces for major protests as the police department admits to errors in the arrest of Freddie Gray; troubling data as e-cigarette use triples for tweens and teens; and we’ll clue you in on ways your spring cleaning can help your local community.

Public News Service - Missouri

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

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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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PHOTO: Irene Caudillo, president of El Centro Inc,, is one of dozens of community leaders who have shared their thoughts on the federal budget through the Move The Money Listening Project led by the American Friends Service Committee. Photo courtesy of AFSC.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - As Missourians join the nation in paying their share to the government on this Tax Day, one group says it's time to take a hard look at exactly what Uncle Sam is doing with that money. For the past year, Mary Hladky has met with dozens of Kansas City-area leaders as part of the A...Read More

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PHOTO: Collaborative care, or a team approach, like the one used at Children's Mercy Hospital, has been found to improve the long-term behavior of kids with ADHD more than the standard pediatrician-centered approach. Photo courtesy of J. Salazar/Children's Mercy.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's been said it takes a village to raise a child, and new research suggests that is the case when it comes to helping kids with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, or ADHD. A new study released by the American Academy of Pediatrics found that a team approach involving pa...Read More

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PHOTO: Missouri groups ranging from trade unions to the Sierra Club are asking Congress to slow down and open the Trans Pacific Partnership negotiations to the same scrutiny given other important legislation. Photo credit: kconnors/morguefile.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - After years of closed-door negotiations, the Trans-Pacific Partnership is getting closer to being presented to Congress - and many Missouri organizations, including environmental and labor groups, say they have serious concerns about the deal. The TPP is a massive international t...Read More

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PHOTO: About 17 percent of Missourians have struggled to afford food at some point during the past 12 months, according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center. Photo credit: gleangenie/morguefile.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Despite some signs that the economy is improving, too many Missourians still are struggling to feed their families, according to a new report. The study from the Food Research and Action Center found that nearly 17-percent of Missourians, or one in six households, have experie...Read More

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PHOTO: The sacrifices and service of those who served in the Vietnam War will be honored at ceremonies across the state today, as Missouri observes its third Vietnam Veterans Day. Photo credit: taliesin/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - It's been nearly 40 years since the official end of the Vietnam War and today Missouri honors the sacrifices of all those who served in the conflict. Many Vietnam veterans came home to find the country in the midst of the anti-establishment, anti-war movement of the late 1960...Read More

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PHOTO: According to a new report released by a coalition of organizations, LGBT women in Missouri and around the country face lower pay, frequent harassment, compromised access to health care and heightened violence that threatens their economic security. Photo credit: click/morguefile.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Nearly 16 percent of Missourians live in poverty, and a new report finds lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender women are among those most at risk. The findings were released by a coalition of organizations, including the National Women's Law Center. Fatima Goss Graves...Read More

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