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PNS Daily Newscast - February 23, 2018 


As the NRA doubles down on "good guys with guns," the Broward County Sheriff admits an armed deputy did not engage with the Parkland school shooter. Also on our nationwide rundown: workers across the nation will spend part of their weekend defending the American Dream; and a study says the Lone Star State is distorting Texas history lessons.

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Public News Service - MO: Poverty Issues

Volunteers assist with the Point-in-Time homeless count each year. (Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In past years, volunteers would brave the winter streets with paper surveys to identify the number of people experiencing homelessness for the annual Point-in-Time homeless count. This year, volunteers will be using their mobile devices for a more accurate count. On Wedn

For some rural Missourians, it's a struggle to live a longer, healthier life. A new report on higher death rates among whites makes recommendations to curb this tragic trend. (Pixabay)<br />

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Thirty-three rural counties across Missouri are seeing their white residents die at higher rates than two decades ago. The increase in white mortality is causing concern among researchers, who say it signals a reversal of long term life expectancy trends also occurring fo

According to the Council of State Governments Justice Center, Missouri's incarceration rate has increased in recent years and is well over the national average. Between 2010 and 2015, Missouri's incarceration rate increased by 4 percent and was eighth highest in the nation in 2015. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri is confronting a number of troubling trends in its criminal justice system, including an uptick in violent crime and crowded prisons – and research shows women are at the epicenter. Researchers at The Council of State Governments Justice Center, asked to

In Missouri, a renter is not excused from honoring a lease simply because he or she didn't read it or doesn't understand it. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The Missouri Supreme Court has ruled that tenants have the right to a jury trial in rent and possession evictions. The unanimous ruling in the case of Brainchild Holdings LLC v. Cameron is expected to help crack down on illegal evictions throughout Missouri. The tenant, Step

There are 827,000 Missourians living in poverty, according to the Coalition on Human Needs and Empower Missouri. (Yinan Chen/Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is making progress in its fight against poverty, but some of the programs that have helped make those gains possible are in jeopardy. That's the overall finding of a new report released today by Empower Missouri and the Coalition on Human Needs. Missouri's poverty r

More than 100,000 Missouri children live in immigrant families. (26057/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The biggest barriers to success for Missouri's children are in the paths of black and Hispanic populations, and children from immigrant families, according to a report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. The report ranks children's progress on a scale of one to 1,000, for mi

Block grants aren't new. Congress in the 1980s narrowly rejected an effort by the Reagan administration to tie Medicaid funding to block grants. (StockSnap/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The latest effort to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act relies on a funding mechanism that is often discussed but not always understood – the block grant. Critics of repeal-and-replace legislation say block grants can sound appealing while doing much damage t

Missouri will look like this before you know it, and plans are in place to help eligible lower-income families pay their utility bills. (12019/Pixabay)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – A utility assistance program that President Donald Trump targeted for elimination in his proposed budget appears to be safe for the winter ahead in Missouri. The short-term plan to fund the government for three more months as Congress debates a longer-term solution means t

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