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    PNS Weekend Update - January 24, 20150 

    Among the stories on our nationwide rundown; The Supreme Court agrees to hear a lethal injection case; we’ll take you Oregon where low-wage workers are rallying this weekend for a raise; and to a state that is pondering whether it should take back some tax exemptions.

Public News Service - Missouri

PHOTO: Today marks the fifth anniversary of a controversial U.S. Supreme Court ruling that increased some political campaign donation limits. Photo credit: Alvimann/

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - Protest events are planned in Missouri and around the nation today, to mark the fifth anniversary of the Citizens United ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court. The ruling removed limits on the amount of money an independent organization can spend on political campaigns. Stephen Spau...Read More

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PHOTO: Coal ash, which is the waste material left behind from burning coal, is at the center of controversy in several Missouri communities, where there are fears toxic chemicals could leak into groundwater. Photo courtesy of Sierra Club Missouri Chapter.

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – According to the first ever federal standards on coal ash, the toxic waste from burning coal should not be dumped in landfills on unstable terrain because of the risk of groundwater contamination. That's why environmental and health advocates are unhappy as Missouri utilit...Read More

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PHOTO: While some Missouri lawmakers continue to insist the state can't afford to expand its Medicaid program, the authors of a new report say the state can't afford not to take advantage of the savings the expansion would bring. Photo credit: Katherine Dowler/Wikimedia Commons.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missouri lawmakers are back at work, and after a contentious battle in 2014, advocates for Medicaid expansion in the state hope a new report will help provide the fuel to make it happen in 2015. Last year, some lawmakers resisted the expansion, claiming it would be too costly....Read More

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PHOTO: The adult smoking rate in Missouri is 22 percent, well above the U.S. average of around 18 percent. The state's teen smoking rate of 15 percent is on par with national numbers. Photo credit: cherylholt/

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The latest report on how well states are funding tobacco prevention and cessation efforts has Missouri ranked worst in the nation. According to the Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids, Missouri will take in $231 million in tobacco revenue this year, while spending just $70,000 to p...Read More

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PHOTO: They put their own lives on hold for their nation, and now a new program aims to give back to those veterans who have fallen on hard times. Photo credit: ladyheart/

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. - They served their nation and in many cases put their own lives on the line, but a large number of Missouri veterans are now homeless, which is why one nonprofit is reaching out to help connect them with the resources and skills they need to get back on their feet. Matthew Galli...Read More

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PHOTO: The April 15 income tax filing deadline will be here before many Missourians know it, which is why experts say a little preparation now will make tax time less stressful. Photo credit: M. Shand

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - While the clock ticks down on 2014 and many Missourians have celebrations on their minds, experts say a little time spent preparing for tax season in the next few days will pay off in the months ahead. Now is the time to make sure you know where all your important tax document...Read More

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PHOTO: Mobile phones and tablets are popular gifts, but experts are warning parents there are some drawbacks to technology. Photo credit: Jan Fidler/morguefile.

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - As Missouri families prepare to ring in the new year, some kids may have a hard time taking their eyes off a screen. Mobile phones and tablets were among the hottest gifts this year, but experts are cautioning parents about the drawbacks of technology. Indiana University ass...Read More

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PHOTO: From the Christmas tree, to the tinsel, to a houseful of guests, the holidays pose many potential dangers for curious pets, so their owners are advised to take some simple precautions to keep them safe. Photo credit: M. Shand

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – With all the food and festivities, keeping your furry family members safe during the holidays can be a challenge. But Fluffy and Fido will be just fine with some simple precautions. KC Theisen, director of pet care issues at the Humane Society of the United States, say...Read More

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