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PNS Daily Newscast - March 27, 2020 


The U.S. now has more confirmed coronavirus cases than any other country. Despite the pandemic, Election 2020 continues and states are making changes.

2020Talks - March 27, 2020 


3.3 million people reported being jobless last week, according to new Labor Department numbers. And Puerto Rico was supposed to hold primaries this weekend, though they pushed it back to late April, because of COVID-19.

Public News Service - MO: Urban Planning/Transportation

St. Louis residents of neighborhoods with high levels of poverty and unemployment also breathe air with higher levels of pollution, according to a study from Washington University in St. Louis. (Adobe Stock)

ST. LOUIS -- The St. Louis Metro Area Transit Agency is replacing its diesel buses with a fleet of 14 new electric vehicles. The Metro Transit governing board green-lighted the nearly $20 million price tag, mostly paid for through federal grants. Advocates say the price is worth cleaner air and lo

Kansas City International Airport just broke ground on a new terminal, financed by a bond measure. (FHKE/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – This is Infrastructure Week, when lawmakers and the Trump administration are looking for ways to fund a $2 trillion upgrade for the nation's crumbling roads, bridges, dams and more. Some have suggested raising the Passenger Facility Charge. Airports now tack the charge o

Infrastructure such as the water ducts serving River des Peres, in southwest St. Louis, is one example of things that could be addressed with increased funding. (Paul Sableman/flickr)

ST. LOUIS, Mo. – Roads, bridges and water systems are part of the backbone of Missouri cities, and the challenge of governments across the state is how to maintain that infrastructure. It was one of the topics recently discussed at the 86th annual U.S. Conference of Mayors in Boston where St.

Cosmopolitan Park in Columbia, Mo., is the site of the city's eclipse celebration Mon., Aug. 21. (Columbia Parks and Recreation)

COLUMBIA, Mo. – It takes a sizable attraction to double the population of a city in a single day - something big enough to, say, blot out the sun. But that's exactly what Columbia, Mo., officials are anticipating for the total solar eclipse. The city is in the ideal line of the eclipse path,

Commuting can cause stress on the mind and body. (modot.org)

ST. LOUIS -- The more time spent in the car, the more experts say it can impact our mental and physical health. The average American spends more than 25 minutes commuting to and from work and school. It's a little less in Missouri, where the average commute time is 16 minutes. Researchers have fou

Missouri's PACE programs are getting some credit for the state's progress in moving toward green energy and power savings. (sierraclub.org)

ST. LOUIS – Missouri has made some big strides in saving electricity. The latest report card from the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) ranks Missouri 32nd among the states, up 12 spots from 2015. Kristy Manning, director of the Missouri Department of Energy, said as pa

The Missouri Department of Transportation is testing environmentally friendly sidewalks at a welcome center, and if successful it could be used on roads. (MoDOT)

CONWAY, Mo. – Missouri's Department of Transportation (MoDOT) has announced plans to install solar panels made of recycled glass at a rest stop alongside the iconic Route 66 as part of the department's Road to Tomorrow Initiative. Laurel McKean, an assistant engineer for MoDOT, says the depar

PHOTO: Doctors say smog is taking a toll on Missourians, and some are urging the EPA to adopt even stricter air-quality standards than the ones the agency is now proposing. Photo credit: Click/Morguefile.com.

ST. LOUIS - New regulations proposed by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) could help clear the air in Missouri, and across the nation. The EPA recently released a proposal to significantly strengthen protections against ground-level ozone pollution, better known as smog, and health experts

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