PNS Daily Newscast - July 3, 2020 

Economists say coronavirus disaster declarations may be the quickest path to reopening; militia groups use virus, Independence Day to recruit followers.

2020Talks - July 3, 2020 

Trump visits South Dakota's Black Hills, Mt. Rushmore today; nearby tribal leaders object, citing concerns over COVID-19 and a fireworks display. Plus, voter registration numbers are down from this time in 2016.

Public News Service - MO: Teen Pregnancy Prevention

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ST. LOUIS - A Missouri company, owned by a staunch Catholic, has filed notice of appeal after losing a "religious freedom" lawsuit over the government's plan to require health insurance to cover contraceptives. Several other companies have filed similar lawsuits. But Dan Cox, research director wit

ST. LOUIS - In the name of balancing the federal budget, House Republicans have proposed cuts for teen pregnancy prevention programs, slashing funding from $110 million to $20 million. The proposal also revives funding for abstinence-only sex education programs, which research has shown have not bee

ST. LOUIS - The movement of "personhood" laws throughout the nation raises an old debate: When does life begin? Groups pushing to end abortion are supporting measures that will redefine the word "person" to include all human beings from the moment of fertilization. But the Rev. Rebecca Turner with

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The Obama administration's decision to have insurance companies offer birth control at no cost has some religious groups claiming the government has a pro-abortion agenda. The new health reform law requires insurance companies to provide preventive care, including contraception, wit

ST. LOUIS - Tense discussion over federal funding to Planned Parenthood went down to the wire, but ultimately Congress struck a budget deal to avert a federal government shutdown, without cutting off that funding, though $38 billion was slashed from the budget. However, with the 2012 budget debate

ST. LOUIS - Valentine's Day is known as a day for love and intimacy, topics that often are uncomfortable or difficult to bring up between parents and their teenagers. Experts say there are easy ways to discuss sexual health and relationships with teens. Charisse Jackson, vice president of education

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - Missouri lawmakers start a new session on Thursday, Jan. 6, and one of the issues expected to soon be up for discussion is emergency contraception, such as the controversial 'ella,' a pill that just became available this month in the United States. Currently, Missouri doctors are n

ST. LOUIS, Mo. - The statistics surrounding teens and their sexuality are alarming -- 750,000 American teens will become pregnant this year, and four million will get a sexually transmitted infection. It's seen as a public health crisis. With the Obama administration, there's been a slow shift in

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