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Nick Ayers is said to reject Trump’s offer to be White House chief of staff. Also on the Monday rundown: Help still needed in areas hit hard by Hurricane Michael; and look for a domestic workers' bill of rights to be introduced in Congress next year.

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Public News Service - MO: Poverty Issues

Missouri students ages 13-17 competed for grant money to help fight hunger and food insecurity in the No Kid Hungry Youth Innovation Challenge. (oukas.info)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri school kids were so eager to participate in the "No Kid Hungry Innovation Challenge" that it was a full house when they pitched their ideas for reducing child hunger and food insecurity. The challenge distributed $14,000 in grants to students who had the most i

Each month more than 5,000 Missourians take academic classes in Department of Corrections facilities. (doc.mo.gov)

UPDATE: On Wednesday, 11/14, President Donald Trump indicated support for a prison reform bill observers believe has a chance for bipartisan Congressional passage which includes improving rehabilitation programs. JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – When Missouri hosted its first conference to address how t

Lower-income veterans can face unique barriers that can affect their earning potential and ability to find employment. (143d ESC/Flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Poverty-fighting groups in Missouri are asking federal leaders to protect those who protect our country. Congress is working on the Farm Bill, which includes funding for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). And Jeanette Oxford, executive director of t

Missouri's SkillUP program subsidizes the cost of short-term certificate programs for those eligible for SNAP benefits with the goal of helping students and families move forward. (winterpark.org)

ST. LOUIS – A program in Missouri that promotes employability and self-sufficiency for those enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) is being launched in Bootheel counties where limited job skills often keep families from getting ahead. The SkillUP program is design

Some workers could see an extra $2,400 in pay each year by 2023 if the minimum wage increases to $12 an hour. (pasja1000/Flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri voters will decide on a ballot measure tomorrow that would gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $12 an hour. New research estimates the effects if Proposition B is approved. According to the Missouri Budget Project, about 1-in-4 workers in the state - or

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's uninsured rate stands at 9 percent, which is higher than many states where lawmakers chose to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. (Cathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The midterm election is just a week away, and polls show that health care is one of voters' biggest concerns. According to a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 27 percent of those polled named health care as the top issue candidates should address - second only

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

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