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PNS Daily Newscast - September 30, 2020 


Trump and Biden square off in a debate marked by interruptions; COVID-19 highlights neglect of undocumented residents.


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Last night was filled with interruptions at the first presidential debate between Donald Trump and Joe Biden.

Public News Service - MO: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

In a new survey, 21% of people said the pandemic has encouraged them to improve their eating habits. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - An annual survey is uncovering the pandemic's impact on health behaviors and attitudes. According to the 2020 UnitedHealthcare Wellness Checkup Survey, about two-thirds of people said walking is their preferred exercise activity, and it's the most popular among Baby Boomers a

Empty meat cases seen recently at some grocery stores have been the result of supply chain disruptions, not the availability of meat products. (Indrid_Cold/Flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - There's a new tool to help both Missouri consumers and farmers affected by recent meat shortages. The Missouri Farm Bureau has launched a new database of farmers who sell their meat products directly to consumers. Over the past several weeks, many shoppers have been shocked t

New Madrid County has the highest rate of food insecurity in Missouri, at more than 17%, data that is exacerbated by the closure of schools. (Nevada Department of Agriculture)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A new online mapping tool being released today will help families and policymakers track the impact of the pandemic on children. The site, from Missouri Kids Count, maps out county stats on child population, food insecurity, SNAP food benefits, child abuse and visits to the E

Some Missouri school districts are offering grab-and-go lunches to students while classes are out. (AdobeStock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- The coronavirus may have shut down schools in Missouri, but it's not stopping efforts to ensure kids have access to nutritious foods during the day. According to Missouri Kids Count data, roughly 17% of Missouri children are food insecure, meaning they are unsure where their

Young farmers, age 35 years or less, make up 10% of Missouri farmers while about 25% of farmers were considered new and beginning farmers, with 10 years or less of experience. (pewtrusts.org)

POTOSI, Mo. – The Washington County Home Grown Tour and Field Dinner will draw a community together in Missouri this weekend, and two students planning a future in agriculture will benefit. The event allows people to see the variety of family farming opportunities available in Washington Cou

A new federal report says antibiotic use in farm animals decreased by about one-third from 2016 to 2017. (takeasnap/Moprguefile)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The major players in the meat industry have developed what they're calling a "stewardship plan" they say will ensure that they use antibiotics in livestock only when necessary. At issue is the possible development of deadly "super-bug" infections that are resistant to ant

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

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