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PNS Daily Newscast - March 5, 2021 


New rules should speed large-scale clean-energy projects in NY; Texas' Gov. Abbott tries to shift COVID blame to release of "immigrants."


2021Talks - March 5, 2021 


A marathon Senate session begins to pass COVID relief; Sanders plans a $15 minimum wage amendment; and work continues to approve Biden's cabinet choices.

Public News Service - MO: Social Justice

A new book highlights local Black historical figures 200 years after Missouri became a state in 1821. (Kansas City Black History Partnership)

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- A decade-long partnership in Kansas City is lifting up local stories of Black community-building and struggles for justice and equity, during and beyond Black History Month. The Kansas City Public Library, the Black Archives of Mid-America and the Kansas City Local Investment Co

Between 2009 and 2019, 132 people were killed by police and 47 others died in police custody in the St. Louis area. (Wikimedia Commons)

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ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Metro Police Department has the highest average rate of killings per population of any major police department in the nation, according to a new report from ArchCity Defenders, released on MLK Day. Between 2009 and 2019, 179 people were killed by police or died in jail cu

More than 80,000 Missourians who are out of work have exhausted their regular unemployment benefits. (Adobe Stock)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Some Missouri policy experts say federal COVID-19 relief money should be allocated to help struggling Missourians and spur local economies. The current supplemental appropriations bill under consideration at the Missouri Statehouse would use federal COVID relief funds to repl

Ballots cast in Missouri surpassed 3 million for the first time. (AdobeStock)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Despite a pandemic and one of the most contentious presidential races on record, the 2020 general election in Missouri went off without a hitch. President of the League of Women Voters of Missouri Evelyn Maddox said they had members on the ground at poll sites around the stat

An estimated 70,000 women in the U.S. could lose insurance coverage for their methods of birth control within a year. (Adobe Stock)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Missourians can now be legally denied birth-control coverage in their employer's health insurance, after a new U.S. Supreme Court ruling. The seven-to-two decision sides with the Trump administration, by upholding an exemption to the Affordable Care Act requirement that healt

Some advocates contend LGBTQ equality cannot be achieved without fully embracing anti-racism.  <br />(MathiasWasik/Flickr)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- As they reflect on their own fight for equal rights, members of Missouri's LGBTQ community are standing with those fighting for racial justice. June is Pride Month, and Stephen Eisele executive director of the advocacy group PROMO, says that equality for LGBTQ people cannot

New Madrid County has the highest rate of food insecurity in Missouri, at more than 17%, data that is exacerbated by the closure of schools. (Nevada Department of Agriculture)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - A new online mapping tool being released today will help families and policymakers track the impact of the pandemic on children. The site, from Missouri Kids Count, maps out county stats on child population, food insecurity, SNAP food benefits, child abuse and visits to the E

At least 15 bills under consideration by the Missouri Legislature target protections for LGBT individuals. (Adobe Stock)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Civil rights organizations say bills introduced this session in the Missouri Legislature are part of a larger-scale attack against LGBT individuals. According to the American Civil Liberties Union, dozens of measures are pending in states across the country that would undermi

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