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PNS Daily Newscast - October 18, 2019 


Baltimore mourns Rep. Elijah Cummings, who 'Fought for All.' Also on our rundown: Rick Perry headed for door as Energy Secretary; and EPA holds its only hearing on rolling back methane regulations.

2020Talks - October 18, 2019 


While controversy swirls at the White House, Chicago teachers go on strike and Democratic primary contender retired Admiral Joe Sestak walks 105 miles across New Hampshire.

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Public News Service - MO: Civic Engagement

Missouri DHSS updates its West Nile virus data through the end of October, even in years like this one when infections have been considered

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Mosquitoes trapped in Jefferson County have tested positive for the West Nile virus, according to scientists with the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services. Even though fall is less than two weeks away, Molly Baker – a senior epidemiology specialist wi

New rules announced Monday by the Trump administration would make it harder for dwindling species such as the monarch butterfly to receive federal protection. (Pollinators/Pixabay)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Conservation groups are slamming the Trump administration's new rule that significantly weakens the Endangered Species Act. The rule announced Monday would make it harder for scientists to consider climate change when deciding whether to list a species, and make it easi

A new report estimates that Americans owe $50 billion in post-conviction fines and fees, which can affect their right to vote. (Dodgerton Skillhause/Morguefile)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — A new report shows 30 states, including Missouri, deny people the right to vote based on their inability to pay fees and fines associated with parole and probation. The report, by Georgetown University and the nonprofit Campaign Legal Center, is called "Can't Pay, Can't

The U.S. Supreme Court is currently considering whether it is constitutional to ask everyone about their citizenship status on the 2020 Census. (U.S. Census Bureau)

ST. LOUIS – The next U.S. census is less than a year away, and nonprofit groups are putting politics aside and marshaling their forces at a conference today in St. Louis. Groups like the Missouri Foundation for Health and the United Way want to make sure that Missouri gets an accurate count

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)

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 2018 University of Maryland poll found 86 percent of Americans support net neutrality rules. (Wikimedia Commons)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The battle over net neutrality is heating up again – as supporters in Congress have just introduced a bill to reinstate Obama-era consumer protections that were lost after the Federal Communications Commission repealed them in 2017. The "Save the Internet Act" wou

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

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)

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

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