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PNS Daily Newscast - November 15, 2019 


President Trump asks SCOTUS to block release of his tax returns; use of the death penalty is on the decline across the country; and a push to make nutrition part of the health-care debate.

2020Talks - November 15, 2019 


Former MA Gov. Deval Patrick is officially running for president, saying he can attract more Independents and moderate Republicans than other candidates.

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Public News Service - MO: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

The annual Missouri snapshot of child well-being shows improvement in family and community, economic and education categories, but a need for improvement in areas of health. (biker3/AdobeStock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - For the past five years, Missouri has made continuous improvements in reducing the number of children younger than age 18 living in poverty and experiencing food insecurity. In other areas, however, the state has work to do. In the latest update from Missouri Kids Count, progr

Missouri has about 500 new cases of HIV diagnosed each year. Most are men, and about half are in communities of color. (CDC)

ST. LOUIS - Missouri continues to be in the top half of state rankings for new cases of HIV and sexually transmitted diseases. Around 500 new cases of HIV infection are diagnosed in the state each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Testing is offered at Planned Paren

Teen births dropped to historic low in 2012                                        Courtesy of: CDC

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - This month the Centers for Disease Control www.cdc.gov reported that teen birth rates in Missouri and around the nation have dropped to an historic low. In Missouri, the most recent number of teen births is about half of what it was in 1991. The National Campaign to Prevent Teen and

The FDA requires young women to show cashiers ID to buy Plan B - Federal Judge ordered it available to all by today.   Courtesy of: Women's Capital Corp.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Today was the day all age restrictions on Plan B emergency contraceptives were to be lifted. A federal judge ordered that the pills were supposed to be available to all women of all ages over the counter, just like aspirin, starting today. However, Missouri pharmacists now are uns

A federal judge has ordered emergency contraceptives to be available to all ages of women within 30 days. Courtesy of: Women's Capital Corp.

ST. LOUIS - Missouri women may have trouble finding the morning-after pill, despite the fact that a federal judge has ordered it to be made more widely available. The pill had been banned for purchase by anyone under 17, but even though a federal judge last week lifted the age restriction, the Misso

GRAPH: Projected Medicaid spending over 2011-2020 has fallen by more than $200 billion since Aug. 2010. Chart by Center on Budget & Policy Priorities, based on CBO figures.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Health care providers, patients, and some chambers of commerce in Missouri are hoping to convince Republican lawmakers that rejecting the Medicaid expansion could hurt Missouri's economy. GOP governors in eight other states have already dropped their opposition to expanding Med

WIC provides supplemental foods, health care referral, breast feeding support to women and babies.  Courtesy of: usda.gov

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - As the $85 billion in automatic budget cuts begin to take effect, family advocate groups warn that those cuts will tear a wider hole in the safety net for low-income women in Missouri and around the nation. The Center on Budget Policy and Priorities estimated that nearly 750,000 wom

PHOTO: At the 40th anniversary of Roe v. Wade, Pew pollsters have found entrenched attitudes on abortion. Courtesy of Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life.

ST. LOUIS - The Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion in the United States, Roe versus Wade, turns 40 this week (Tueday) and a new poll by the Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life finds most Americans - 63 percent - want to keep it legal. Alan Cooperman, associate director for research w

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