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PNS Daily Newscast - December 12, 2018 


Trump clashes with Democrats and threatens a government shutdown if he doesn’t get his border wall. Also on the Wednesday rundown: Lawmakers agree on an $867-billion Farm Bill; and a new report finds private community correction centers failing to rehabilitate people who live there.

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Public News Service - MO: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Missouri students ages 13-17 competed for grant money to help fight hunger and food insecurity in the No Kid Hungry Youth Innovation Challenge. (oukas.info)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri school kids were so eager to participate in the "No Kid Hungry Innovation Challenge" that it was a full house when they pitched their ideas for reducing child hunger and food insecurity. The challenge distributed $14,000 in grants to students who had the most i

Missouri's SkillUP program subsidizes the cost of short-term certificate programs for those eligible for SNAP benefits with the goal of helping students and families move forward. (winterpark.org)

ST. LOUIS – A program in Missouri that promotes employability and self-sufficiency for those enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is being launched in Bootheel counties where limited job skills often keep families from getting ahead. The SkillUP program is design

Mercury and other pollutants threaten fishing in many of Missouri's waterways. (Tanya Impeartrice/Flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Could Judge Brett Kavanaugh's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court mean more polluted waterways in Missouri? The state chapter of the Sierra Club believes so, pointing to a ruling Kavanaugh says is one of his "most significant." In 2014, Kavanaugh argued the EPA shoul

Missouri ranked 41st in the nation for the number of residents who saw a dentist in 2016, according to Missouri's Kids Count. (collusion/Pixabay)

ST. LOUIS — Summer is a time when kids might get away with less sleep and eat fewer meals, but it's not a time dental health should be ignored. In 2016, Missouri's Kids Count found that 73 percent of the state's kids had teeth considered in excellent or very good condition. Program director

The average monthly SNAP benefit in Missouri is $264.62 per household and $122.57 per person, or only around $1.36 per meal, according to the Missouri Budget Project. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Congress considers a farm bill that imposes stricter requirements on people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, those who say they are simply trying to get back on their feet claim the changes will make things worse for families experiencing h

Pollinators such as Monarch butterflies, certain birds and bats are an integral part of the health of natural ecosystems and agriculture. (Bill Barlow/Pixabay)

ST. LOUIS – If you've ever watched the process of a caterpillar becoming a vividly colorful Monarch butterfly, you probably have an appreciation for a challenge being issued by the National Pollinator Garden Network. The Million Pollinator Garden Challenge calls on everyone from horticulture

Missouri ranks among the top ten states with the highest percentage of food insecure households. (Jacqueline Sosa/Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Breaking the cycle of poverty is more difficult when kids go hungry, and that's especially true after school lets out for the summer. With that reality in mind, a USDA program in the state is expanding, allowing several thousand more children to be eligible for food support this

More than 30 percent of the Missourians who are considered food insecure are children. (Juan Esteban Zapata)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Nearly a million people are food insecure in Missouri, meaning they don't always have enough food or access to food to meet their needs, according to the latest "Map the Meal Gap" report by the group Feeding America. The overall food-insecurity rate for Missouri is close t

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