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Economy
4:41 pm
Fri November 1, 2013

Federal Benefits Drop For 220,000 In St. Louis City And County On Food Stamps

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Funding for food stamps dropped off sharply Friday after stimulus dollars for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program ran out.

The additional funds had been used to give more food stamps per month to families and make more people be eligible for the program.

According to Sandy Moore, the president of St. Louis-based Urban Strategies, more assistance is needed; not less.

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Food Stamps
3:11 pm
Thu October 24, 2013

Nixon Withdraws Proposed Food Stamps Rule Change

Missouri is one of nine states where felony drug convicts are ineligible for food stamps.
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Missouri Governor Jay Nixon (D) has reversed course on a proposed rule change that would have cut food stamp eligibility for unemployed adults without children.

Nixon had initially cited concerns over the amount of federal funds available for state-run food assistance programs, but now says there's more certainty due to the end of the partial government shutdown last week.  Fellow Democrat and State Senator Jamilah Nasheed of St. Louis says she's elated by the governor's reversal.

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Food Stamps
4:19 pm
Mon October 21, 2013

DSS Official Says Public Comment Will Be Allowed On Mo. Food Stamp Rule Change

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An official with the Missouri Department of Social Services (DSS) briefed a House Interim Committee Monday on Governor Jay Nixon's (D) proposed rule change to cut able-bodied adults without children from the federal food stamp program (SNAP) if they don't have a job.

Allison Campbell with the DSS Family Support Division says they initially sought to implement the change on October 1st via emergency rule, but she admits that approach was a mistake.

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Household Food Security
6:34 pm
Wed September 4, 2013

Number Of Missouri Households Going Hungry On The Rise

Tim Lloyd/St. Louis Public Radio

A report released Wednesday by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) shows the number of Missouri households threatened by hunger has grown over the past three years.

While the national average shows 14.7 percent of American homes had low or very low food security between 2010 and 2012, Missouri's average is 16.7 percent, or about one out of six households.  That's up from 15 percent during the 2007-2009 survey period.  Glenn Koenen is Hunger Task Force Chair for the Missouri Association for Social Welfare.

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St. Louis on the Air
2:32 pm
Wed April 10, 2013

Local Reaction To Pope Francis, New Leader Of The Roman Catholic Church

Pope Francis
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The new pope of the Roman Catholic Church, Jorge Mario Bergoglio, is the first-ever Jesuit pope and the first non-European pope of the modern era.  He is the first to adopt the name Francis.

Pope Francis now leads the world’s 1.2 billion Catholics.

Host Don Marsh spoke with a variety of guests to talk about the meaning behind Pope Francis’ selection and about some of the major controversial issues within the Church, including clergy sexual abuse, the role of women and same sex marriage.

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Morning round-up
9:32 am
Wed July 25, 2012

Morning headlines: Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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Nixon announces emergency assistance for farmers

Missouri Governor Jay Nixon was in Springfield Tuesday to announce emergency assistance to farmers who need access to water. At the Springfield Livestock Market, Nixon outlined a plan to make more state dollars available faster to farmers. An existing cost-share program is expanding. The state will pay 90 percent of the cost of deepening or drilling wells; previously, the state had covered 75 percent of the cost.

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