PNS Daily Newscast - February 19, 2020 

President Trump commutes the sentence of former Gov. Rod Blagojevich. Plus, warming expected to be hot topic at NV debate.

2020Talks - February 18, 2020 

Former New York Mayor Mike Bloomberg is climbing national polls, but facing much more scrutiny than he had in the early states, which he skipped. Texas is going to come into play for him -- as the state with the second-largest Super Tuesday trove of delegates.

Public News Service - MO: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

Advocates for anti-hunger programs hope Congress will recognize the importance of the meals kids eat at school as it weighs the fate of child nutrition programs. Credit: jdurham/morguefile

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - As Congress weighs the fate of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, advocates want to ensure school meal and other programs can continue to make inroads against hunger in Missouri and nationwide. One of the most hotly debated portions of the legislation when it was reauthorize

Missouri's hunger-fighting advocates say false memes like this, widely circulated on social media, damage the entire food assistance network. Credit: Empower Missouri

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Lavish meals of lobster, steak and beer purchased with food assistance benefits are among the tall tales often taken at face value, and widely circulated on social media, but advocates say Missourians need to do their homework to separate food stamp fact from fiction. Gl

Many job-hunting veterans risk losing food assistance in the coming year, due to changes in state legislation. Credit: Duboix/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - This weekend, many will feast on summer delights and give thanks to those who have fought for our nation. But those who work to combat hunger say there is not much to celebrate in upcoming changes to safety net programs that serve many veterans and other Missourians. The leg

Thousands of Missouri families still struggle to put food on the table, and advocates fear potential cuts to child nutrition programs will exacerbate the issue. Credit: Gleangenie/Morguefile

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – As Missouri begins to turn the corner on the recession, those who work with anti-hunger programs are calling on Congress to maintain funding for programs that fill critical meal gaps for families statewide. According to Heather Hardinger with Ozarks Food Harvest, her organi

PHOTO: About 17 percent of Missourians have struggled to afford food at some point during the past 12 months, according to a new report from the Food Research and Action Center. Photo credit: gleangenie/morguefile.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Despite some signs that the economy is improving, too many Missourians still are struggling to feed their families, according to a new report. The study from the Food Research and Action Center found that nearly 17-percent of Missourians, or one in six households, have experie

PHOTO: More empty plates? The number of Missouri households struggling to put adequate food on the table continues to rise at one of the fastest rates in the nation, according to the USDA's annual food=insecurity survey. Photo credit: ladyheart/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - There's a hunger crisis in Missouri and it's only getting worse, according to a new report from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The study found that the state is losing ground despite efforts to help families put food on the table. When it comes to feeding its most vulnera

PHOTO: Missouri food banks serve nearly 1.2 million people each year, according to a new study from Feeding America and the Missouri Food Bank Association. Photo courtesy of Missouri Food Bank Association.

COLUMBIA, Mo. - The face of hunger in Missouri may not be what many picture it to be, according to a new study which aims to show just how deep the problem runs in the state. Monica Palmer, communications manager with the Missouri Food Bank Association, says the Hunger in America report breaks many

PHOTO: While breakfast is said to be the most important meal of the day, too many Missouri kids still go without. There is hope that could change, with a successful federal program expanding to the state starting this fall. Photo credit: Infographe_Elle/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This fall, a new program available in Missouri will offer nutritious breakfasts and lunches for free to all students at qualifying schools – as long as administrators do their homework by the end of August. The U.S. Department of Agriculture's Community Eligibility

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