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PNS Daily Newscast - November 13, 2018. 


Californian’s now facing a pair of wildfires; Also on the Tuesday rundown: Higher education in New Jersey: a racial split; plus food resources still available despite the “public charge” proposal.

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Public News Service - MO: Social Justice

The minimum wage would rise to $12 by 2023 if Proposition B passes. (Cohdra/Morguefile)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In five days, voters in Missouri will have the chance to give many workers a raise by voting on Proposition B. The ballot measure would take the minimum wage of $7.85 an hour up to $8.60 next year and then to $12 an hour by 2023. Tony Wyche, communications director for R

Missouri has a much higher rate of families without health insurance than states that expanded Medicaid. (Pranidchakan Boonrom/Pexels)

ST. LOUIS – A snapshot of poverty in Missouri shows progress, but also a huge number of families struggling to survive. The Missouri Poverty Snapshot from Empower Missouri and the Coalition on Human Needs shows the portion of low-income folks fell by more than half a percentage point since 2

H-2A workers must be paid twice a month and receive a job description in writing, but FLOC says the U.S. Department of Labor isn't always enforcing the requirements. (Bread for the World/flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri's agriculture products bring in more than $88 billion a year, based on the latest data from the Missouri Farm Bureau, and much of the labor is supplied by migrant workers on H-2A visas. The visas allow foreign nationals to enter the U.S. for temporary work, and

Fast food workers are among those asking for an increase in wages. (Ikhlasul Amal/flickr)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Local and state leaders will join citizens groups and unions today to establish ways to build on the momentum gained after the defeat of Proposition A. A town hall meeting at Oppenstein Brothers Park in Kansas City will discuss how to increase wages to at least $15 an hour

Currently, 28 states, predominantly in the Midwest, South and Southwest, have right-to-work laws in place. (Twenty20/Andreeas)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As Republican lawmakers advance plans to protect the so-called "right-to-work" legislation they passed last year, a study shows the policy could hurt black workers most. The law, which deals with banning mandatory union fees, did not take effect because Democrats and un

The Rev. Cassandra Gould with the Clean Missouri initiative addresses the media Thursday, presenting the Secretary of State's office with more than 344,000 signature petitions. (Clean Missouri Initiative)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Volunteers in the Clean Missouri Initiative recently submitted nearly 347,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office - more than double the amount needed to get their issues on a statewide ballot in November. The initiative's goal is to rid the state of corruptio

The 2018 Kids Count Data Book is moving from hard copy to online and through a new app. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri's annual snapshot detailing how children are doing in health, economic stability, education and several other key indicators, shows that where a child lives can impact their well-being. Missouri Kids Count is moving forward with a digital facelift that makes al

There are 827,000 Missourians living in poverty, according to the Coalition on Human Needs and Empower Missouri. (Yinan Chen/Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is making progress in its fight against poverty, but some of the programs that have helped make those gains possible are in jeopardy. That's the overall finding of a new report released today by Empower Missouri and the Coalition on Human Needs. Missouri's poverty r

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