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PNS Daily Newscast - September 21, 2018 


We’re covering stories from around the nation including a victory for safety for nuclear site workers; President Trump chastises Republicans for not securing border wall funding; and a predicted spike in population fuels concerns about the need for care.

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Public News Service - MO: Poverty Issues

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

The average monthly SNAP benefit in Missouri is $264.62 per household and $122.57 per person, or only around $1.36 per meal, according to the Missouri Budget Project. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – As Congress considers a farm bill that imposes stricter requirements on people receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, those who say they are simply trying to get back on their feet claim the changes will make things worse for families experiencing h

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

ExploreMOhealth.org is a new website designed to help Missourians assess the health of their communities. (ExploreMOhealth)

JEFERSON CITY, Mo. - A new state website has launched, and Missourians can use it to find out about health issues in their area because it narrows them down to specific communities across the state. ExploreMOHealth.org is a joint effort of the Missouri Hospital Association and University of Missour

Volunteers assist with the Point-in-Time homeless count each year. (Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – In past years, volunteers would brave the winter streets with paper surveys to identify the number of people experiencing homelessness for the annual Point-in-Time homeless count. This year, volunteers will be using their mobile devices for a more accurate count. On Wedn

For some rural Missourians, it's a struggle to live a longer, healthier life. A new report on higher death rates among whites makes recommendations to curb this tragic trend. (Pixabay)<br />

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Thirty-three rural counties across Missouri are seeing their white residents die at higher rates than two decades ago. The increase in white mortality is causing concern among researchers, who say it signals a reversal of long term life expectancy trends also occurring fo

According to the Council of State Governments Justice Center, Missouri's incarceration rate has increased in recent years and is well over the national average. Between 2010 and 2015, Missouri's incarceration rate increased by 4 percent and was eighth highest in the nation in 2015. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri is confronting a number of troubling trends in its criminal justice system, including an uptick in violent crime and crowded prisons – and research shows women are at the epicenter. Researchers at The Council of State Governments Justice Center, asked to

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