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PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2020 


Govt. Accountability Office rules that Trump administration violated federal law on aid to Ukraine; and racial disparities in health care.

2020Talks - January 17, 2020 


Just a couple weeks out from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, four Senators are being pulled off the campaign trail for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Public News Service - MO: Early Childhood Education

PHOTO: Childhood is less fun and games and more of a struggle for Missouri kids who grow up impoverished. A new report encourages the use of an updated tool to measure and combat child poverty. Photo credit: Hilary Clarcq/Morguefile.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - It's been more than 50 years since the federal government's official measure of poverty was created, and a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation says it's time for a new ruler. The current method for measuring poverty doesn't take into account assistance benefits or re

PHOTO: Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander has been popping in at local libraries to read to children as part of the

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Thousands of Missouri children and their caregivers are kicking their reading skills into high gear this summer, with grants from the state to enrich early literacy programs at local libraries. Missouri Secretary of State Jason Kander says the "Racing to Read" grants est

PHOTO: Missouri must work harder as a state to ensure equal opportunity for all children, says a new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Photo courtesy of U.S. Department of Education

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - If all Missouri children deserve a chance to succeed, the state has some work ahead to ensure them equal opportunity. That's the finding of a new study from the Annie E. Casey Foundation, which looks at how children are doing on key milestones based on their race or ethnic grou

PHOTO: Educators say it's never to soon to begin reading to a child, and they encourage Missouri families to make reading a priority during

ST. LOUIS - March is Reading Month, and educators and librarians across the state hope Missouri families will take this opportunity to help children spring into a lifelong reading habit. Julie Douglas, family program director for the Missouri Humanities Council, said reading ideally should be a fam

PHOTO: The YMCA Early Learning Readiness Program for Informal Family, Friend, and Neighbor Caregivers teaches those who watch young children how to provide better learning opportunities for those in their care. Photo courtesy YMCA of the USA.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - It's been said that it takes a village to raise a child, and the YMCA is reaching out to that village through a pilot program aimed at helping neighbors, relatives and babysitters teach young children the skills they need for school. For many working families, said Rebecca Kelley

GRAPIC: MO Kids Count numbers

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The Annie E. Casey Foundation's new KIDS COUNT Data Book finds children in Missouri are not doing so well economically. The foundation's Laura Speer says Missouri is very much like the rest of the states that continue to suffer from the recession. "In Missouri in 2010, it was 21

ST. LOUIS - In the name of balancing the federal budget, House Republicans have proposed cuts for teen pregnancy prevention programs, slashing funding from $110 million to $20 million. The proposal also revives funding for abstinence-only sex education programs, which research has shown have not bee

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - 'Tis the season for giving thanks, but for children, the focus is often more on what they may get than give. Many parents may be wondering how to teach their children about gratitude - with a lesson that can last longer than the holiday season. Dr. Rochelle Harris, a pediatric cl

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