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PNS Daily Newscast - August 5, 2020 


A massive explosion kills dozens and injures thousands in Beirut; and child care is key to getting Americans back to work.


2020Talks - August 5, 2020 


Election experts testify before the US House that more funding is necessary. And Arizona, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri and Washington state had primaries yesterday; Hawaii and Tennessee have them later this week.

Public News Service - MO: Civic Engagement

More than 37,000 Missourians will be diagnosed with cancer this year alone, according to the American Cancer Society. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Missouri voters will have a chance to decide whether the state should expand Medicaid in next Tuesday's primary election. Amendment 2 would modify the Missouri Constitution to extend Medicaid coverage to adults ages 19 to 64, with incomes at or below 133% of the federal pover

Libraries in Missouri have expanded services to protect the health of patrons during the pandemic. (AdobeStock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - Federal lawmakers are considering legislation that would help keep library doors open in Missouri in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. From digital programming to curbside pickup, libraries across the state have pivoted their offerings in order to safely provide materials to c

Missourians can request an absentee ballot six weeks prior to the Aug. 4 and Nov. 3 elections. (JC/Flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- After an unprecedented delay, municipal elections will be held in Missouri today. Amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus, Gov. Michael Parson signed an executive order in March to push back the election from its original date of April 7. While turnout for municip

About 22,000 EMS workers are treated in U.S. emergency rooms for their own work-related injuries each year. (Adobe Stock)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. - The thousands of Missourians who work in Emergency Medical Services are being honored for the lifesaving care they provide. Today is EMS Recognition Day, which wraps up National Emergency Medical Services Week. Christopher Samson, president-elect of the Missouri College of Em

Missouri's House of Representatives is poised to vote on whether to put an initiative on the November ballot that effectively would gut 2018's successful Amendment 1. (Benjamin Singer/Clean Missouri)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- A showdown on gerrymandering is expected over a proposed initiative that would gut the "fair maps" rules passed by Missouri voters just two years ago. In 2018, Amendment 1 put the redistricting process in the hands of a nonpartisan demographer. Friday is the deadline for the

May 15 is the final day of the Missouri General Assembly's 2020 regular session, but the budget must be approved a week earlier. (Robert Stinnett/Flickr)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- Supporters of the "Clean Missouri" amendment say the final weeks of the 2020 Legislature should not be focused on an effort to overturn the will of voters. After being sidelined by the COVID-19 outbreak, lawmakers are back in Jefferson City to tackle the state budget ahead of

A Joplin City Council member says it will take the coordination of all levels of government to protect public health. (Melodee Colbert Kean)

JOPLIN, Mo. - Coronavirus fears did not stop some local leaders from Missouri from attending this year's National League of Cities Congressional City Conference in the nation's capital. The primary focus of the event this week was the creation of the 2020 Cities Agenda, an outline of top prioritie

Volunteers on MLK Day focus on serving one another to help bridge divides and confront social problems, making the holiday

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. -- From young students to business professionals, today, Missourians from all walks of life will honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by giving back to their communities. This is the 25th anniversary of MLK Day as a National Day of Service, which encourages Americans to o

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