PNS Daily News - December 12, 2019 

A House Committee begins debate on articles of impeachment; Washington state is set to launch a paid family, medical leave program; advocates for refugees say disinformation clouds their case; and a new barrier to abortion in Kentucky.

2020Talks - December 12, 2019 

Today’s the deadline to qualify for this month’s debate, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang made it - the only non-white candidate who’ll be on stage. Plus, former Secretary Julián Castro questions the order of primary contests.

Public News Service - MO: Hunger/Food/Nutrition

PHOTO: Hunger doesn't take a summer break, and federal officials hope to feed even more low-income Missouri kids this year through the USDA Summer Nutrition Programs. Photo courtesy of jdurham/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - While summer vacation is a carefree time for many Missouri children, it can be a difficult few months for low-income kids who may not have access to regular meals. That's why the push is on to increase participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Nutrition Progr

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ST. LOUIS - Although they could now face misdemeanor charges, the St. Louis chapter of a global organization that opposes genetically modified foods says it will continue holding protests outside the world headquarters of agribusiness giant Monsanto. In the past, the group has used a median on the

PHOTO: Thousands of low-income Missouri children could soon have access to free breakfasts and lunches at school, thanks to a federal program that is coming to the state for the 2014-15 school year. Photo courtesy of drummerboy/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Hundreds of schools across Missouri will be able to help ensure their students don't go hungry, thanks to a successful federal program that is coming to the state. The Community Eligibility Provision means that, once approved, schools where at least 40 percent of the ch

PHOTO: Missouri farms of the future will rely heavily on technology, and young farmers can lead the way. That was one of the messages of this year's Future Farmers of America state convention, where the theme was

COLUMBIA, Mo. - They're young, highly educated, and choosing to be farmers. This year's Future Farmers of America (FFA) Missouri state convention has just wrapped up, and the group's leaders say technology will lead the way. Abrea Mizer is president of the Missouri chapter of FFA. The student, wit

PHOTO: More Missourians than ever are asking for help from the state's food banks, which distributed a record-breaking amount of food in 2013. Photo credit: MFBA

COLUMBIA, Mo. - While unemployment rates are decreasing, the economic recovery still is not trickling down to the dinner table for too many hungry Missourians. Monica Palmer, communications manager, Missouri Food Bank Association, said 2013 was a record-breaking year, with more than 100 million pou

PHOTO: Missourians who have served time for drug offenses say they're being doubly punished by the state's lifetime ban on SNAP benefits, and hope lawmakers will act to repeal it. Photo credit:

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri lawmakers have the chance to join 40 other states in lifting a ban that prevents anyone with a prior felony drug conviction from ever receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, commonly known as food stamps. Johnny Waller Jr. of Kansas City acknowle

PHOTO: Numerous studies have shown the importance of a healthy breakfast for growing minds and bodies, and thanks to the federal School Breakfast Program, more low-income Missouri kids are starting the day ready to learn. Photo credit: M. Shand

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – More low-income children in Missouri are starting the school day ready to learn, according to a new report that highlights the progress being made with the federal School Breakfast Program. The Food Research and Action Center's annual scorecard finds that nearly 56 perc

PHOTO: Missouri filmgoers can explore the impact of genetically modified (GMO) foods and talk with the man who has made a documentary about them, at a special screening this week. Photo courtesy Jeremy Seifert.

ST. LOUIS - What's on your plate, and why is it there? Those are some of the questions filmmaker Jeremy Seifert set out to answer in the documentary "GMO, OMG," which opens in Missouri on Friday. Seifert, a father of three young children, said the answer took him around the world - and ultimately,

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