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PNS Daily Newscast - June 27, 2019 


More time on the ground for the Boeing 737 MAX. Also on our Thursday rundown: A diverse group tackles the topic of salmon recovery. Plus, summer bees are buzzing, but for how long?

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Public News Service - MO: Civic Engagement

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a bill to reinstate Obama-era consumer protections that were lost after the Federal Communications Commission repealed them in 2017.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

The Clean Missouri amendment took effect January 1, but has been criticized by Gov. Mike Parson. (Benjamin Singer)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – Hands off Amendment 1. That's the message from supporters of the "Clean Missouri' ballot initiative to state lawmakers, who begin the 100th General Assembly next week. The anti-gerrymandering measure passed by 62 percent of the vote in November, but Gov. Mike Parson and

Voters bypassed the Missouri Legislature on Tuesday to pass policies on wages, clean elections and medical marijuana. (svablar/iStockphoto)

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – Supporters of a higher minimum wage, clean elections and medical marijuana are looking at the next steps to implement the ballot initiatives, while warning politicians not to try to undermine them. The minimum wage will now rise from $7.85 to $8.60 an hour starting Jan. 1

Some workers could see an extra $2,400 in pay each year by 2023 if the minimum wage increases to $12 an hour. (pasja1000/Flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — Missouri voters will decide on a ballot measure tomorrow that would gradually raise the state's minimum wage to $12 an hour. New research estimates the effects if Proposition B is approved. According to the Missouri Budget Project, about 1-in-4 workers in the state - or

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