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PNS Daily Newscast - January 15, 2020 


Efforts to make Paid Family and Medical Leave go further; nurses sick of reusing N-95 masks even as COVID infections spike.


2020Talks - January 15, 2021 


States shore up security ahead of Inauguration Day; Biden unveils an ambitious economic relief plan; and Human Rights Watch report chides Trump's record.

Public News Service - MO: Campaign Finance Reform/Money in Pol

This fall, nearly 70% of St. Louis voters backed the idea of switching to

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ST. LOUIS, Mo. -- City elections in St. Louis will change next year after residents approved a nonpartisan primary system in what's known as "approval voting." Supporters say having cities in Middle America get on board helps with broader reform efforts. The new system allows voters to choose as m

Missouri state lawmakers have proposed weakening the role of a nonpartisan demographer central to the Clean Missouri measure approved by voters last fall. (Jim Bowen/Flickr)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Grassroots activists are in Jefferson City today to tell state lawmakers to keep the anti-gerrymandering "Clean Missouri" measure the way it is. Amendment 1 passed with 62 percent of the vote last fall. But since the start of this year's session, state lawmakers have be

A sweeping bill in the U.S. House would expand access to the polls and limit the influence of money in politics. (Gutzemberg/iStockphoto)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — The House Judiciary Committee is holding a hearing today on the "For the People Act," the first bill introduced by Democrats since they took control of the House of Representatives. House Resolution 1 would make it a lot easier to vote by removing a number of state-leve

According to ProPublica, the 2018 Missouri Senate race took in more than $73 million from Political Action Committees. (Dodgerton Skillhause)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Today is the ninth anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court's Citizens United decision. Critics say the case has led to an explosion of so-called dark money in politics. The justices ruled that corporations have many of the same rights as people, so their political donatio

The

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Corporations that have violated the Clean Air Act are vastly outspending environmental groups in political contributions in Missouri, raising questions about their outsized influence on the legislature. The Missouri chapter of the Sierra Club analyzed three companies wi

An investigation led to the resignation of Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens, but watchdog groups want it to continue. (Michigan Works! Association/Flickr)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Although Missouri Gov. Eric Greitens resigned last month amid a campaign fundraising controversy, the fallout continues and has gained national attention. The watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) is calling for further investigation

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)

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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

A grassroots effort to reform big money donors to Missouri political campaigns has been launched. (mo.gov)

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JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Groups concerned about the role of money in politics have launched what they're calling an "Anti-Corruption Tour" of Missouri. Members of Take Back Our Republic, Represent.Us, Clean Missouri, Patriotic Millionaires and MAYDAY America are traveling the state through Satu

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