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PNS Daily Newscast - November 16, 2018 


Winter Storm Avery takes lives puts the brakes on commutes across the Northeast. Also on our Friday rundown we continue our reporting on a first-of-its-kind report calls for better policies for children living in foster care; plus got gratitude this holiday season? It could benefit your health.

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Public News Service - MO: Criminal Justice

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. - For the many Missourians who have seen the hit Netflix series "Making a Murderer," it likely raises questions about the state of the criminal-justice system - which advocates say is a good thing. The series follows the disturbing case of Steven Avery, a Wisconsin man in prison fo

Planned Parenthood supporters and volunteers have been working overtime to ensure the St. Louis office remains a welcoming place. Credit: Ann Wade

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – With Republican lawmakers planning to vote as early as this week on a bill to block Planned Parenthood from federal funding, supporters of the organization are speaking out. Natasha Ceballos was a scared teenager when she visited Planned Parenthood in St. Louis as a patient,

PHOTO: AFSC Peace Education Director Joshua Saleem, front, with four students honored for their Peer Mediation Program work at Northwest Academy of Law in St. Louis. Photo courtesy of American Friends Service Committee.

ST. LOUIS - Many Missourians fear more violence is inevitable whether or not Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson is indicted in the shooting death of Michael Brown. That's why one group says giving today's teenagers conflict-resolution skills is the key to a calmer and more just society in the fut

PHOTO: Knowledge is power, and the ACLU of Missouri hopes its new smartphone app will empower Missourians with the information and tools they need to protect their civil rights. Image courtesy of ACLU of Missouri.

ST. LOUIS - If you don't know your rights, you won't know if they're being violated. With that adage in mind, the ACLU of Missouri has launched a high-tech campaign to educate and empower Missourians when it comes to proper contact with police and law enforcement. Jeffrey Mittman, executive direct

PHOTO: Kansas City Municipal Court Judge Joseph Locascio and Drug Court participant Billy Smith work together in the court's garden. Photo courtesy of Benita Jones.

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Most gardeners can vouch for the therapeutic benefits of digging in the dirt, and so can some participants in Kansas City's drug, mental-health and veterans' treatment courts, thanks to a special program that's planting seeds of recovery. The garden, where offenders and court off

PHOTO: Missourians will not vote on marijuana legalization this year, but may have the chance in 2016 if a petition initiative continues to gather strength. Photo credit: morguefile.com contributor effeebee.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – If Missouri is to become the next state to legalize marijuana, it won't happen this year, as supporters of the measure say they have decided not to try to put the issue before voters until 2016. John Payne, executive director of Show-Me Cannabis, says both national and s

PHOTO: Missourians who have served time for drug offenses say they're being doubly punished by the state's lifetime ban on SNAP benefits, and hope lawmakers will act to repeal it. Photo credit: freestockphotos.com.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri lawmakers have the chance to join 40 other states in lifting a ban that prevents anyone with a prior felony drug conviction from ever receiving Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits, commonly known as food stamps. Johnny Waller Jr. of Kansas City acknowle

PHOTO: A new organization hopes to put an end to sex trafficking crimes with a multifaceted, community-based approach that goes far beyond law enforcement. Photo credit: Microsoft images.

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – A Missouri group hopes to bring a dark underworld to light by hosting what it says is the first national, comprehensive conference on sex trafficking. Molly Hackett, principal of the anti-trafficking group Exchange Initiative, is organizing the event. It’s called Igni

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