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PNS Daily Newscast - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders suspends his campaign for president. And COVID-19 is ravaging the black community in some areas, including Milwaukee.

2020Talks - April 9, 2020 


Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders drops out of the race for president, though he assured supporters yesterday his movement will continue. A federal judge ruled this week a lawsuit in Florida awaiting trial will apply to all people with former felony convictions, not just the 17 plaintiffs.

Public News Service - MO: Budget Policy & Priorities

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

A Joplin City Council member says it will take the coordination of all levels of government to protect public health. (Melodee Colbert Kean)

JOPLIN, Mo. - Coronavirus fears did not stop some local leaders from Missouri from attending this year's National League of Cities Congressional City Conference in the nation's capital. The primary focus of the event this week was the creation of the 2020 Cities Agenda, an outline of top prioritie

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 $

Missouri State Parks offer 91 parks and historic sites for visitors, and some are planning holiday events. (Ajay Suresh/Flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Black Friday marks the start of the holiday shopping season – however, some Missourians are choosing to skip the deals and discounts in favor of time spent in the great outdoors. The #OptOutside campaign, now in its third year, encourages Americans to take advanta

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

An expansion of Medicaid in Missouri would add an estimated 200,000 people to the MO HealthNet program. (Machineheads/iStockphoto)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Advocates for expanding Missouri's Medicaid program have just launched a new campaign to put an initiative on the 2020 ballot. The plan would allow about 200,000 Missourians who are low-wage workers to get Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act, by raising the eligibili

The National Park Service says Gateway Arch National Park needs almost $25 million in repairs.(National Park Service)

INDEPENDENCE, Mo. — Hope is on the horizon to fix up our national parks, which have compiled almost $12 billion in deferred maintenance. On Wednesday, the House of Representatives' Committee on Natural Resources will discuss a bill to fund about half the repairs. The money would take care of

Advocates are asking the Public Service Commission to raise the cap on utility-scale solar contracts from 500 kilowatts to 20,000 kilowatts per contract. (Adamkaz/iStockphoto)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Renewable energy advocates are pushing the state to allow more utility-scale solar development, and have filed a petition with the Public Service Commission to make it happen. The group Renew Missouri filed a petition this week asking the PSC to change its rules that cu

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