PNS Daily Newscast - January 17, 2020 

Govt. Accountability Office rules that Trump administration violated federal law on aid to Ukraine; and racial disparities in health care.

2020Talks - January 17, 2020 

Just a couple weeks out from the Iowa caucuses and New Hampshire primary, four Senators are being pulled off the campaign trail for the impeachment trial of President Donald Trump.

Public News Service - MO: Mental Health

States are grappling with the issues of increased medical care needed as prison populations age and prisons that aren't equipped for the elderly. (Virginia Carter)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The number of older Americans serving prison sentences is on the rise, and those facilities weren't originally designed to accommodate an aging population. Linda Redford is director of the Central Plains Geriatric Education Center at the University of Kansas. She says Missouri

Students on high school and college campuses across the country are part of a project to end food waste and feed needy people in their communities. (The Campus Kitchens Project)

ST. LOUIS, MO - On college campuses across the country, student volunteers are working to put an end to food waste and at the same time are helping in their communities to feed the needy. Some high schools also take part in The Campus Kitchens Project. In Missouri, there are programs at St. Lou

States that expanded Medicaid had greatly reduced rates of uninsured workers, while states that did not, such as Missouri, showed half as much progress. (

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A report released this week by Families USA shows states that expanded Medicaid had, on average, a 25 percent reduction in the rate of uninsured workers. But since Missouri was one of eight states that has not expanded Medicaid since 2014, the decline was only 13 percent. Dee

PHOTO: Missouri homes and businesses will once again

ST. LOUIS - One American child in 68 now has autism, a 30 percent increase from just two years ago, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Those who are working to raise awareness of the disorder say now is the time for action on a national level. According to Angela Dettmers

PHOTO: As grandparents are playing a bigger role in their grandchildren's lives these days, doctors are urging them to be more vigilant about how and where they store their medication. Photo courtesy of cohdra on

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - While grandparents take steps to childproof their homes with gates and outlet covers, a new study finds they too often fail to safeguard a potentially deadly hazard: prescription medication. The report from Safe Kids Worldwide finds that more than a quarter of grandparents who wat

PHOTO: Severe weather is part of life in Missouri, but experts say when parents stay calm and reassure their children that they are prepared, kids are less likely to suffer from weather-related anxiety. Photo courtesy of

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Most Missouri youngsters have hidden under the covers in fear of a thunderstorm, but for some children, weather anxiety can turn into a crippling phobia on even the brightest, sunniest days. Experts say helping kids cope almost always comes down to helping their parents. Dr. Edw

PHOTO: A Spanish-language version of the website is just one of many tools aimed at ensuring the Latino community takes advantage of opportunities available through the Affordable Care Act. Image courtesy of

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - With just about six weeks to go in the open-enrollment period for the Affordable Care Act, the push is on to reach the Latino community, which officials say has traditionally not had widespread access to affordable health insurance. According to Mayra Alvarez, associate direc

PHOTO: Governor Jay Nixon wants to help prepare 1,200 additional students for employment in mental health-care jobs, but advocates say it will take more than college grants to keep them in the state and serve those who need it most. Photo courtesy of Microsoft images.

COLUMBIA, Mo. – As part of his budget plan for next year, Gov. Jay Nixon has proposed an additional $20 million in grants to Missouri's public colleges and universities to help meet a shortage of mental health care workers. But those who work in the field say money alone isn't enough. Cindi

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