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PNS Daily Newscast - June 21, 2018 


President Donald Trump reverses course on some aspects of his border policy. Also on the Thursday rundown: With midterms approaching, we take you to a state that you might not expect to be reaching out to Latino voters; and reporter Dan Heyman has a novel angle on the utility of medical marijuana

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Public News Service - MO: Social Justice

Currently, 28 states, predominantly in the Midwest, South and Southwest, have right-to-work laws in place. (Twenty20/Andreeas)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — As Republican lawmakers advance plans to protect the so-called "right-to-work" legislation they passed last year, a study shows the policy could hurt black workers most. The law, which deals with banning mandatory union fees, did not take effect because Democrats and un

The Rev. Cassandra Gould with the Clean Missouri initiative addresses the media Thursday, presenting the Secretary of State's office with more than 344,000 signature petitions. (Clean Missouri Initiative)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Volunteers in the Clean Missouri Initiative recently submitted nearly 347,000 signatures to the Secretary of State's office - more than double the amount needed to get their issues on a statewide ballot in November. The initiative's goal is to rid the state of corruptio

The 2018 Kids Count Data Book is moving from hard copy to online and through a new app. (Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri's annual snapshot detailing how children are doing in health, economic stability, education and several other key indicators, shows that where a child lives can impact their well-being. Missouri Kids Count is moving forward with a digital facelift that makes al

There are 827,000 Missourians living in poverty, according to the Coalition on Human Needs and Empower Missouri. (Yinan Chen/Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri is making progress in its fight against poverty, but some of the programs that have helped make those gains possible are in jeopardy. That's the overall finding of a new report released today by Empower Missouri and the Coalition on Human Needs. Missouri's poverty r

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. – For many minorities, the recent events in Charlottesville, Va., and the response to them come as no surprise. Other Americans have interpreted the events as isolated and rare. A Midwest researcher is working to resolve the disconnect and provide tools to reduce inequality.

A report from the Missouri attorney general showed in 2016, black drivers were 75 percent more likely to be stopped than white drivers, while in 2015 the figure was 69 percent. (John Bergman/Pixabay)

ST. LOUIS – The State of Missouri was a topic at the latest national convention of the NAACP, for being in the crosshairs of a debate over race and morality. This month, a new Missouri law goes into effect that increases the threshold for filing discrimination cases against small businesses

Monique Willis with son Alonzo Thomas IV, who was killed on Apr. 5, 2014. (Monique Willis)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Kansas City has recorded nearly 90 murders in 2017 - an increase of more than 50 percent over this time a year ago. With the disturbing numbers as a backdrop, loved ones of the victims of unsolved murders are planning a vigil this weekend to draw awareness to those cases and to

Exonerating an innocent person takes from seven to 10 years, according to the Midwest Innocence Project. (Fifaliana Rakotoarison/Pixabay)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – A federal judge this week awarded Ryan Ferguson $11 million after he served a decade in prison for a 2001 murder in Columbia, Mo., that he didn't commit. In the wake of the judgment, members of the justice advocacy group Midwest Innocence Project are describing changes they b

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