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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: Consumer Issues

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, or SNAP. And Jeanette Oxford, executive director of

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

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

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

More than 70 percent of medically important antibiotics in the United States are sold for livestock use, but that number could reduce if large chains such as McDonald's make a shift. (Mike Mozart/flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Health advocates want McDonald's to phase out the use of beef and pork grown with medically important antibiotics, and that's something that could impact Missouri's beef industry. The Show Me State ranks sixth in the country for number of cattle, and if the fast food ch

Consumer advocates say the current system of student loan repayment can be confusing for borrowers and result in them paying higher interest rates. (Twenty20)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In Missouri, 70 percent of college graduates leave school with debt, and navigating the payback process for their loans isn’t easy. That could change with a bill introduced in Congress this month that has gotten support from numerous higher education and consumer

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