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PNS Daily Newscast - January 22, 2019 


A new report says the really rich get richer. Also on the Tuesday rundown: A new effort to clear the smoke from Kentucky schools; and businesses get tips on being family-friendly.

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Public News Service - MO: Civic Engagement

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

Missouri's uninsured rate stands at 9 percent, which is higher than many states where lawmakers chose to expand Medicaid under the Affordable Care Act. (Cathy Yeulet/iStockphoto)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — The midterm election is just a week away, and polls show that health care is one of voters' biggest concerns. According to a recent poll from the Kaiser Family Foundation, 27 percent of those polled named health care as the top issue candidates should address - second only

Fast food workers are among those asking for an increase in wages. (Ikhlasul Amal/flickr)

KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Local and state leaders will join citizens groups and unions today to establish ways to build on the momentum gained after the defeat of Proposition A. A town hall meeting at Oppenstein Brothers Park in Kansas City will discuss how to increase wages to at least $15 an hour

Vice President Mike Pence is in Missouri and Illinois on Thursday, campaigning for Republicans running in November. (Paul D. Williams/The White House)

ST. LOUIS – Protesters are turning out as Vice President Mike Pence attends a fundraiser in Missouri Thursday. Pence is speaking at an event promoting the Trump administration's tax cut and to raise money for Republican Josh Hawley, who is challenging U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill in the Novemb

There are currently 226,000 union members in Missouri, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (Twenty20)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. — On the surface, "right to work" policy sounds like something beneficial to Missouri workers, but opponents say it's a misnomer. Contrary to what the name may indicate, the policy does not aim to provide a general guarantee of employment to people seeking work. On August

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