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PNS Daily Newscast - June 18, 2018 


First Lady Melania Trump makes a statement against separating kids from parents. Also on the Monday rundown: Anti-hunger advocates applaud the newest Farm Bill; plus diaper duty an economic burden for 1-in-3 families.

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Public News Service - MO: Consumer Issues

Infrastructure such as the water ducts serving River des Peres, in southwest St. Louis, is one example of things that could be addressed with increased funding. (Paul Sableman/flickr)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Roads, bridges and water systems are part of the backbone of Missouri cities, and the challenge of governments across the state is how to maintain that infrastructure. It was one of the topics recently discussed at the 86th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston where St.

K-12 funding goals are set to be restored by Missouri House and Senate Budget negotiators. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri's K-12 public school funding could see a record increase next fiscal year as state lawmakers inch closer to approving a final budget. House and Senate budget leaders agreed this week that public schools would receive close to $99 million in increased funding wh

Black residents represented 13 percent of the U.S. population in 2015, but they accounted for more than half of all homicide victims, often involving guns. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – An epidemic of black homicide victimization continues to go unnoticed throughout Missouri, according to a new report by the Violence Policy Center. According to the report's 2015 analysis, Missouri has more black victims of homicide than any other state in the nation. I

CAFOs house large numbers of pigs, chickens, cows or other farm animals in what are described as

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri has seen a rise in concentrated animal feeding operations or CAFOs, whether they produce cows, hogs or chickens. Now, residents and environmental groups are concerned about a bill they say will take away local governments' ability to put public-health protections in pl

With an estimated 203,200 tech workers, Missouri ranks 20th among states in net tech-related employment, according to a new report. (Amy Newton-Mcconnel/Twenty20)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Missouri's tech employment is growing, according to an analysis of the nation's tech industry. For seven years, the Computing Technology Industry Association or CompTIA has been tracking advances in tech-related fields. In that time, Missouri has gone from having just o

Oral health problems affect not only a person's ability to eat and speak but are inter-connected with such serious health issues as diabetes, heart disease, osteoporosis and preterm or low birth-weight infants. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Show-Me State continues to rank below average for oral health, but there has been recent progress on that front. The state Legislature reinstated coverage for dental care for adults who are eligible for Medicaid. That has helped provide more people with oral service

EPA has proposed repealing the Obama administration's Clean Power Plan. (Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The Environmental Protection Agency will host a listening session surrounding the repeal of the Clean Power Plan on Wednesday in Kansas City. The plan - created under the Obama administration - requires states to reduce the amount of greenhouse gas they create from power p

More businesses will be able to submit applications for utility rate adjustments to the Missouri Public Service Commission under two proposals in the Missouri Senate. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo – consumer groups warn two bills in the Missouri State Senate that would allow utility providers to temporarily adjust rates could also take that power away from Missouri's Public Service Commission. Comments from David Woodsmall, executive director, Midwest Energy Consumers

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