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PNS Daily Newscast - July 19, 2018 


Efforts continue to quell the backlash over President Donald Trump’s changing statements on the Russia summit. Also on the Thursday rundown: protestors are out for Mike Pence’s visit to Missouri; and nobody wants to go, but one option is green burials.

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Public News Service - MO: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

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

More than half of Missouri's children are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch. (Virginia Carter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Those leading the battle against hunger in Missouri say the number of children who are food insecure can be reduced, but it's going to take teamwork. Three out of four teachers in the Show Me State say their students regularly come to school hungry, yet the majority of

There's both good and bad news in the latest Missouri Kids Count survey. (Virginia Carter)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – There's a growing number of children in Missouri who live in high poverty areas, are homeless or lack health insurance, according to the latest Kids Count survey. Tracy Greever-Rice, director of the University of Missouri Office of Social and Economic Data Analysis, say

Corn crops in Missouri are being studied through the use of robot technology, which can pinpoint problems in individual plants. (missouri.edu)

COLUMBIS, Mo. -- While many people are working hard to prevent or at least slow climate change, some Missouri scientists are trying to offset some of the problems they say are inevitable. The University of Missouri received a $20 million grant from the National Science Foundation in 2014 to study

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