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PNS Daily Newscast - August 14, 2020 


Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - MO: Education

Libraries in Missouri have expanded services to protect the health of patrons during the pandemic. (AdobeStock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Federal lawmakers are considering legislation that would help keep library doors open in Missouri in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. From digital programming to curbside pickup, libraries across the state have pivoted their offerings in order to safely provide materials to c

Virtual library story times are becoming part of the new normal in Missouri. (AdobeStock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Their doors may be closed because of COVID-19, but libraries throughout Missouri still are serving their communities. Cindy Dudenhoffer, president of the Missouri Library Association, says librarians already work hard to ensure they have materials and programs that are repre

Invitations to respond to the 2020 U.S. census are being mailed this week. (AdobeStock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Amid the chaos of the coronavirus pandemic, Missourians are being reminded about an important civic duty. Households now are receiving 2020 census invitations in the mail, but responses also can be completed online or by phone. Missouri receives roughly $16 billion in federa

In his second State of the State address, Missouri Gov. Mike Parson said the state's economy is strong. (Ktrimble/WikiMedia)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Stronger communities, workforce and education, infrastructure and government reform -- Gov. Mike Parson says those are his four areas of focus for 2020. In his State of the State speech on Wednesday, Parson outlined his $30 billion budget plan, which proposes setting aside $

Teacher pay in Missouri ranks among the lowest in the country. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Under a new plan proposed by the state Board of Education, Missouri teachers would see their base pay increase from $25,000 to $32,000. Bruce Moe, executive director of the Missouri State Teachers Association, says the educators he represents, especially those working in rur

Kansas City has one of the largest after-school chess programs in the country, attracting students of all ages. (venturaartist/Pixabay)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. – The game of chess dates back to the sixth century, and Kansas City schools are capitalizing on that staying power to get children involved in playing a game known to enhance students' self-confidence, thinking skills and academic achievement. More than 40 schools in the Ka

An analysis of the share of federal spending on things such as education and child-abuse prevention shows a 10% decline since fiscal year 2015. (Brian A. Jackson/iStockphoto)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A new report shows the share of federal spending on children was at an all-time low in fiscal year 2019. The 13th annual Children's Budget Book, released today, finds the share of spending on children - at 7.21% - is down 10% in the past four years. Bruce Lesley is pres

Young farmers, age 35 years or less, make up 10% of Missouri farmers while about 25% of farmers were considered new and beginning farmers, with 10 years or less of experience. (pewtrusts.org)

POTOSI, Mo. – The Washington County Home Grown Tour and Field Dinner will draw a community together in Missouri this weekend, and two students planning a future in agriculture will benefit. The event allows people to see the variety of family farming opportunities available in Washington Cou

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